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Gladiators' goalie Fields honored; Awe returns

DULUTH - It was a big weekend for the Gwinnett Gladiators, getting two wins in Florida and tying the Everblades for the division lead.

Goalie Sean Fields was excellent on the trip - impressive enough to be voted the ECHL goaltender of the week for Dec. 26-31 on Wednesday. Fields went 3-0-0 last week, picking up all three wins on the road. It started with a 3-2 victory the day after Christmas against Columbia and continued in Florida.

The Edmonton, Alberta, native made 35 saves - including 11 in the third period - to help the Gladiators beat the Everblades 5-4 in overtime on Friday. The win ended Florida's 12-game home winning streak.

Fields came back the following night and made 32 saves in a 5-2 beating, helping push the Gladiators' winning streak to a season-high five games.

The 24-year-old earned goalie of the week honors as a rookie for Gwinnett last season and was runner-up for the ECHL's goalie of the month award in October.

In four seasons at Boston University, Fields was named the team's Most Valuable Player in 2002-03 and 2003-04 and set numerous records including wins (62), saves (3,066) and minutes (7,308). Fields is the only player in history to win the Eberly Trophy for outstanding goaltender and the MVP award in back-to-back Beanpot Tournaments ('03 and '04).

In other team news, defenseman John Awe was reassigned to the Gladiators from American Hockey League Portland and practiced with the team on Wednesday.

A rookie out of Northeastern University, Awe began the season in Gwinnett before being called up on Nov. 17. A 6-foot-4 blueliner from Memphis, Tenn., Awe played 17 games for the Pirates and will be available for the Gladiators' road game Friday in

Pensacola.