Gladiators take aim at Ice Pilots

DULUTH - The Gwinnett Gladiators got their first victory of the season against Pensacola back on Oct. 22 and take aim at a third straight win tonight against the basement-dwelling Ice Pilots at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Gwinnett is 5-1-1, tied for second place in the South Division with Charlotte and six points behind Columbia - although Columbia has played four more games than either the Gladiators or Charlotte.

This is the third of four consecutive home games for Gwinnett, which hosts Greenville on Friday.

"I know it's early in the season, but they're all huge right now," Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle said. "Get the points while you can."

Come and see

The Gladiators recorded their first sellout of the season with a crowd of 11,355 on Friday night and followed that up with 8,608 at Saturday night's game.

Friday's sellout was the third in team history while the combined weekend crowd of 19,963 set a record for largest combined weekend crowd in team history.

The Gladiators previous combined weekend mark of 14,490 was set during their inaugural 2003-04 season on Jan. 16-17.

Moving up

Chris Durno posted three goals for the Gladiators over the weekend with a goal in Friday's win and two goals Saturday.

Ranking 13th all-time on the Gladiators in career goals scored with 40 entering the season, Durno now has 47 goals and shares ninth with B.J. Kilbourne for most goals in a Mobile/Gwinnett career.

The tallies Saturday also extended Durno's goal-scoring streak to six games, which is the league's longest streak to date this year.

Still unbeaten

Making a season high 40 saves in the Gladiators 3-1 win over the Florida Everblades on Saturday night, Gladiators netminder Sean Fields continues to remain unbeaten on the season with a perfect 5-0-0 record.

Fields has posted a 1.97 goals against average and a .931 save percentage to rank third in the ECHL in goaltending this season. He was named a runner-up for the ECHL Goaltender of the Month award for October.

Lending a helping hand

Defenseman Troy Milam scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's win.

Milam had a team-leading six assists coming into the game.

More firsts

Rookies Jon Awe and Guillaume Desbiens each picked up their first professional points of the season over the weekend.

Desbiens recorded an assists on the Gladiators fifth goal in a 5-2 win over Florida on Friday night while Awe posted an assist on Durno's game-winner late in the second period.

On the power play

The Gladiators have scored at least one power play goal in every game this season - except opening night when they were shutout 1-0 in a shootout with the Charlotte Checkers.