Wednesday, January 11, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
GREENVILLE, S.C. - The Gwinnett Gladiators used two third-period goals to post a 2-1 come-from-behind victory in Greenville on Tuesday.
It was Gwinnett's first win against the Grrrowl this season and the first of three straight games between the two division opponents. The Gladiators are in Greenville on Thursday and home vs. the Grrrowl on Friday.
Milan Gajic got the game-winner at 16:08 and Gwinnett held on from there despite a flurry of chances in the final minute with Greenville goalie Mike Morrison pulled for the extra attacker.
Gajic, who assisted on Troy Milam's game-tying goal moments earlier, scored his sixth goal of the season on a slap shot from just inside the blue line.
Milam saved the Gladiators (21-7-4) from its first shutout since the season opener, scoring on the power play at 13:59 of the third period.
The All-Star defenseman beat Morrison with a rocket from the point that found its way through traffic and into the net.
Gwinnett, which had a seven-game winning streak broken on Sunday in Augusta, went 1-for-7 on the power play, but got one when it mattered most.
Greenville took a 1-0 lead just 35 seconds into the game on a goal by Allan Sirois. Walking out of the corner untouched, Sirois pulled Gladiators netminder Sean Fields out of position and flipped the puck into top corner of the net for the tally.
The red light was not lit for another 55 minutes and 33 seconds - and not against Fields, who finished with 29 saves.