Gladiators cap regular season with win

From Staff Reports

AUGUSTA - Mike Vigilante posted three assists as the Gwinnett Gladiators knocked off Augusta 3-2 on Saturday night in Augusta to close out the regular season.

With the win, the Gladiators will face the Mississippi Sea Wolves as either the fourth seed or the fifth seed. Gwinnett finished the regular season 40-24-8 (88 points) as Adam Berkhoel, just reassigned from Chicago, won his ninth game of the season.

Cam Brown opened the scoring with his 14th goal of the season on the power play 14:11 into the first period. Jim Jackson chipped the puck from the blue line past a host of Lynx players to a waiting, and wide-open Brown in the slot where he chipped the puck past Augusta netminder Chad Collins for the tally. Vigilante also picked up an assist on the power play goal.

Gwinnett took a 2-0 lead on a lazy dump in by Jackson that eluded Collins at 7:40 of the second period. Vigilante and Kevin Doell picked up the assists on the tally.

Augusta answered 45 seconds later to cut the Gladiators lead to one goal as Louis Goulet beat Berkhoel on a breakaway. The puck squirted out of a pile up in the neutral zone to a waiting Goulet who walked in untouched for the goal at 8:25 of the second period.

Doell scored his sixth goal of the season to push Gwinnett's lead to 3-1 as he took a lead pass from Vigilante and slid the puck through Collins' legs. Jeff Campbell also picked up an assist on the goal that chased Collins from the Augusta net in favor of Jason Saal.

Augusta closed within 3-2 on a goal by George Nistas with 1:01 left in the final period. But Augusta could get no closer with Saal pulled in favor of an extra attacker.

Dagenais earns second-team honor

Gwinnett Gladiators defenseman Randy Dagenais was voted an All-ECHL second teamer on Friday.

Acquired by Gwinnett from Louisiana on Feb. 11, Dagenais has 15 points in 29 games with the Gladiators. The 25-year-old is tied for third among ECHL defensemen with 14 goals and 47 points.