From staff reports
The Gwinnett Gladiators remain one point shy of clinching the ECHL's American Conference and the South Division titles as they dropped a 6-2 decision to the Augusta Lynx on Friday night in Augusta.
With the loss, the Gladiators fall to 47-14-7 on the season.
Augusta took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Jay Latulippe 11:03 into the opening period. Jumping out of the penalty box and taking a pass from Mike Erickson, Latulippe beat Gladiators netminder Adam Berkhoel up under the cross bar through a screen for the marker. Sam Ftorek also collected an assist on the goal.
Nicolas Corbeil beat Berkhoel on a breakaway to give the Lynx a 2-0 lead 12:51 into the first period.
Augusta pushed its lead to 3-0 just five seconds in to their first power play chance of the contest, 5:01 into the second period. Brian Passmore redirected Chris Leinweber's slap shot from the point for the goal.
Lee Jacobson extended the Lynx lead to four goals with five minutes left in the second period, ripping a slap shot from the right wing point past
Berkhoel for the tally. Mike Erickson moved the puck up the wing to Jacobson after digging it out of the skates of Ryan Lang off the draw for the assist.
Gwinnett got on the board with just two seconds left in the second period on Brian Teixeira's fourth goal of the season, picking up a rebound along the goal line and putting it back behind Augusta netminder Jason Wolfe for the marker. John Awe collected an assist on the goal for
The Lynx got the late second period goal by the Gladiators back just 55 seconds in to the third period as Battaglia was able to punch a bouncing puck off a faceoff in the Gwinnett zone past Berkhoel for the marker.
Matt York beat Wolfe over the shoulder to the near post with a laser from the top of the right wing faceoff circle to cut the Augusta lead to 5-2.
Cam Brown picked up an assist on the goal, feeding the puck back to the point for a waiting York.
Mike Erickson pushed the Augusta lead back to four goals posting a power play goal for the Lynx with 1:30 left in the third period. Erickson ripped a snap shot from the slot past Berkhoel for the goal with B.J.
The ECHL's top ranked power play unit was held scoreless for the second consecutive night, as Gwinnett did not capitalize on the man advantage on seven chances. Augusta went 2-for-7 on the man advantage.
After collecting his first shutout of the season, Berkhoel finished with 31 saves in the loss for the Gladiators.