ESTERO, Fla. - Despite trailing 36-20 in shots on goal Friday evening, the Atlanta Gladiators (11-20-2-0) evened up the three-game series against the Everblades (12-7-2-3) with a 2-1 win at Hertz Arena.
The Gladiators entered the game on a mission as Mike Turner cashed in on a centering pass from Matt Harrington behind the cage just 2:07 into the evening. Florida gained a 12-9 lead in shots after a sluggish start, but they trailed 1-0 as the first period closed.
Much like the Wednesday night meeting between the teams, neither side struck gold in the middle frame. The Everblades’ best chance to crack the scoreboard came on a Ben Masella breakaway with two minutes left. Atlanta goaltender Tyler Parks squeezed the pads together to keep the Gladiators ahead by one at the second intermission.
With 13:18 on the clock in the third period, Cody Sylvester scored through the five-hole of Devin Cooley on a Mike Pelech assist to increase the Atlanta lead to 2-0. The Hertz Arena goal horn sounded for the first time with 72 seconds to spare. Florida’s Kody McDonald defeated Parks along the right side of the net with John McCarron and Jake Jaremko recording assists. The Gladiators backchecking unit proved to be too much for the Blades in the final minute as Atlanta pulled through for a 2-1 win.
The rubber match between the Everblades and Gladiators takes place on Saturday, December 18th with a 7pm start in Estero. Join us for a night of fun holiday festivities based on the Christmas classic Elf! In addition, every Saturday home matchup this season will kick off with a free pregame tailgate party! Come out to Hertz Arena early and tailgate from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This Saturday’s tailgate party will feature live music by Rob Ziruolo, kids’ activities, meet and greet with Santa and the world famous Budweiser Clydesdale Horses! Also, skate on the ice post game! Fans are encouraged to bring their own skates as well. Secure your tickets today by visiting HERE.
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