Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Jacksonville IceMen Hit the Road Seeking First Win

Photo by Nancy Beecher/Florida Sports Wire

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Atlanta’s Patrick D’Amico scored early in the third period and the Gladiators hung on for a 6-5 victory over Jacksonville Thursday night before 4,564 at Veterans Memorial Arena.

It was Atlanta’s first win of the ECHL season. The IceMen are still looking for their first after three home games to start the season.

Jacksonville’s Elgin Pearce scored the opening goal at the 9:35 mark of the first period. Atlanta went into the first intermission tied on a Josh Atkinson score.

The visitors led 5-2 in the second period before the Jacksonville scored three straight goals. Two by Alexandre Goulet  and one by Garet Hunt.

Derek Nesbitt tallied twice for the Gladiators, his first on a power play.

In the nets Jacksonville’s Jamie Phillips made 32 saves. Atlanta’s made 21 saves. The teams combined for eight goals in the second period.

South Division Notebook: Atlanta’s Lindsay Sparks has one assist in each of their seven games. The Gladiators scored 15 goals in their three wins last week. Atlanta hosts Kansas City on Friday and Saturday…..Florida’s Michael Kirkpatrick is on a seven-game point streak (4g-4a). The Everblades have outshot their opponents in each of their seven games. Florida visits Orlando on Wednesday and Saturday….Greenville’s Ty Rimmer made a career-high 50 saves in Saturday’s 4-1 win at Manchester. Greenville is tied for second on the power play at 27.3 percent (9-for-33). The Swamp Rabbits host Kansas City on Wednesday, South Carolina on Friday and Jacksonville on Saturday…… Jacksonville’s Elgin Pearce has at least one point in each of Jacksonville’s three games (2g-3a). Each of the Icemen’s three games have been decided by one goal. Jacksonville is at South Carolina on Sunday…..Norfolk’s Steven Delisle played in his 350th career professional game on Friday against South Carolina. Norfolk is 2-0-0 when leading after two periods. The Admirals host Manchester on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday…..Orlando’s Nolan Valleau is on a three-game point streak (1g-3a). The Solar Bears are fourth with 38.40 shots per game….South Carolina’s Patrick Gaul scored two goals on Friday at Norfolk for his first multi-goal game since Nov. 22, 2014. South Carolina has started 4-0-0 for the first time since 2002-03. The Stingrays travel to Greenville on Friday.

Frazee is Player of the Week: Thomas Frazee of the Atlanta Gladiators is the Sher-Wood Hockey ECHL Player of the Week. It is the second time in his career that he has received the weekly honor. Frazee tallied six points (1g-5a) and was a +6 last week, helping the Gladiators to a three-game sweep of division rivals. The 27-year-old posted two assists in a 6-5 win at Jacksonville, had an assist in a 5-4 victory at Orlando on Saturday and recorded three points (1g-2a) in a 4-2 win over the Solar Bears on Sunday. On behalf of Frazee, a case of pucks will be donated to an Atlanta youth hockey organization by Sher-Wood Hockey, the exclusive puck supplier of the ECHL. Since beginning its sponsorship of the award in 2000-01, Sher-Wood Hockey has donated more than 37,000 pucks to youth hockey organizations in ECHL cities.

Williams Named Goaltender of the Week: Devin Williams of the Tulsa Oilers is the CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week. Williams went 3-0-0 with one shutout, a 1.78 goals-against average and a save percentage of .951 in four appearances last week. The 22-year-old stopped all four shots he faced in relief on Wednesday against Wichita before making 33 saves in a 4-3 win against Allen on Friday, turning aside all 45 shots he faced in a 2-0 victory over the Americans on Saturday to earn his first pro shutout, and stopping 35 shots in a 4-3 overtime win at Allen on Sunday.

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