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Gwinnett burns Inferno 3-2

Guillaume Desbiens posted a goal and an assist to help the Gladiators to a 3-2 win over the Columbia Inferno on Monday night at the Carolina Coliseum in Columbia, S.C.

The Gladiators and the Inferno skated to a scoreless tie through the first period as the Gladiators were outshot by the Inferno 8-7 and Sean Fields turned aside all eight shots faced.

Desbiens broke the scoreless tie 5:13 into the second period, muscling his way down the right wing circle and ripping a snapshot past Columbia netminder Chris Houle for the tally.

Gwinnett took a 2-0 lead 16:56 into the second period on Brad Schell's 10th goal of the year. Hauled down moving to the front of the net, Scott Mifsud was able to roll the puck to a streaking in Schell to set up the tally.

Columbia cut the Gladiators lead to a goal with a power play goal off the stick of Leon Hayward 8:24 into the third period. Chris Cava picked up an assist on the goal for the Inferno.

Eric Nelson tied the game at two just 21 seconds after Hayward got the Inferno on the board, sliding the puck past Fields.

Steve Slaton scored the game-winner for the Gladiators on the power play, picking up a rebound along the goal line and jamming it past Houle 12:30 into the third period.

Fields finished with 32 saves for Gwinnett in the win to help the Gladiators improve to 14-6-4 on the season. The Gladiators finished with two power play goals in the

victory.

The Gwinnett Gladiators continue the 2005-06 ECHL season at the Arena at Gwinnett Center today against the South Carolina Stingrays at 7:05 p.m.