Jacksonville Sports Day

ECHL: Icemen Fall to Gladiators; Return Home Wednesday

Martin Ouellette stopped 28 of 29 shots to guide the Atlanta Gladiators to ta 4-1 victory over the Jacksonville Icemen at Infinite Energy Arena Saturday night. 

The Icemen return home Wednesday night to face Greenville.

After a scoreless first, Atlanta used a 5-on-3 power play to assume a 1-0 lead in early in the second period.  Eric Neiley led a 2-on-1 rush into the zone and set up a one-timed shot for Avery Petersen to the right of the slot.  Petersen hammered the shot into the net for the tally.  

Jacksonville evened the score at 14:50 with a 2-on-1 rush of their own.   Mike Hedden lobbed a pass to Graeme Craig who cut to the top of the crease and slipped a backhanded shot through the five-hole of Martin Ouellette for the tying tally. 

Atlanta responded four minutes later when veteran Derek Nesbitt rifled a slapshot past Carlson to give the Gladiators a 2-1 edge.  

Atlanta extended its lead just 45 seconsd later when Dante Hannoun cruised to the slot and carved a backhand shot over the shoulder of Carlson to give the Gladiators a 3-1 lead at the end of the second period. 

Luke Nogard added a fourth Atlanta goal, scoring on a breakaway after exiting the penalty box to propel his team to the eventual final score of 4-1.  Icemen goaltender Adam Carlson took the loss in goal despite making 39 saves. 

Goaltender Ryan Bednard turned aside 25 of 26 shots to help the Greenville Swamp Rabbits defeat Jacksonville at the Bons Secours Wellness Arena Thursday evening. 

For the second consecutive night the Icemen would score first, taking advantage of their first power play opportunity of the night.   Rookie forward Bobby Lynch collected a pass in stride and carried it quickly into the Greenville end. 

Lynch delivered a shot from the left win circle that clipped off the pads of goaltender Ryan Bednard and trickled across the line.   Lynch’s second goal of the season was the only goal registered in the opening period. 

Late in the second period, Greenville evened the score with a power play strike of their own.   Veteran forward Nathan Perkovich snapped a give-in-go pass in the slot that clipped underneath the crossbar and then into the net for the tying tally. 

Greenville grabbed the lead halfway through the third when Cedric Lacroix attempted a wraparound shot that ended up sliding across the crease to teammate Johno May.   May knocked in the loose puck behind goaltender Michael McNiven to the Swamp Rabbits in front 2-1. 

Jacksonville threw 12 shots at the Greenville net in third period, but Bednard would shut the door on then all to preserve the 2-1 win for Greenville. 

The Icemen will now return home to play host to the Greenville Wednesday at Veterans Memorial Arena.  Game time is set for 7 p.m.

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