Posted: Tuesday, January 14th 2014 at 10:42pm
Sakaris lifts IceMen over Gladiators
EVANSVILLE, Ind. –- Peter Sakaris scored two goals 23 seconds apart in the third, and the Evansville IceMen snuck by the GwinnettGladiators 4-3 Tuesday night at the Ford Center.
A scoreless opening period saw a solid scrap between Gwinnett’s Brett Lyon and Guy Lepine, but despite outshooting the IceMen (18-9-3-1) 14-7 the Gladiators (14-21-0-2) couldn’t find the back of the net.
That was certainly not the case in the middle period. Rob Kwiet opened the scoring at 2:22, ripping a point shot past a screened Mike Clemente with Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Marshall Everson picking up the assists. Evansville would answer just 62 seconds later, with Patrick Kennedy beating Karpowich glove side with a long shot.
Evansville gained the lead at 11:14 on the power play, with Josh Beaulieu cross-checking down a Gladiator defenseman, freeing up enough space to wrist a shot high glove side past Karpowich.
Gwinnett bounced back late in the stanza. Josh Currie worked his way to the high slot in theEvansville zone, and launched a wrister over the glove of Clemente with just 18.6 seconds remaining in the period. Antoine Corbin and Lyon helped set the play up.
Justin Weller put the Gladiators ahead 4:53 into the third, as his point shot sailed over theblocker of Clemente with Currie assisting. The IceMen would get two quick goals just 23 seconds apart from Sakaris at 9:33 and 9:56, however, to squeak out a 4-3 win.
The Gladiators are next in action Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Cincinnati as they take on the Cyclones at US Bank Arena.
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