Gladiators make just one deal as trade deadline passes

DULUTH - Gwinnett Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle only made one move at the trade deadline, selling the rights to forward Scott Kelman to Fresno.

Kelman is on callup to Lowell of the American Hockey League, where he has three goals and two assists in six games. Kelman posted 47 points in 46 games for the Gladiators this season. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, native is currently on his third callup to the AHL this season.

Should Lowell send Kelman back to the ECHL, the 25-year-old would join another first-place team in Fresno.

The Falcons, like Gwinnett, had a double-digit lead in their division headed into Wednesday night's games.

The Gladiators (42-11-7) are well-stocked as the season hits its final stretch. Joel Stepp and Brian Teixeira have been added to the roster in the last few weeks and fit in well. Defensemen Troy Milam and Danny Eberly remain on injured reserve, but both should be ready to go again soon.

Because of the team's success - an eight-game winning streak has helped Gwinnett earn a 12-point margin over Greenville and Florida in the ECHL South - Pyle wasn't interested in tinkering with the lineup too much.

Many ECHL teams look at picking up a college player or two at this time, or making deals before the trade deadline to get ready for the playoffs.

"I'm not going after any college guys, I'm not trying to make any trades for players because I think we have the right chemistry," Pyle said. "In the end, (it's just a matter of) do we get it done or not?"

The Gladiators play Friday in Greenville and at home against Charlotte on Saturday.

Note: The Gwinnett and Charlotte organizations were fined by the ECHL on Wednesday. Charlotte's Brandon Cullen and Gladiators' right wing Guillaume Desbiens have each been fined an undisclosed amount as a result of their actions in last Friday's game at Charlotte. Cullen and Desbiens were each assessed a game misconduct for "fisticuffs after engaging in an altercation following the end of the game" and fined as supplemental discipline.

The league also fined each franchise an undisclosed amount because of the same incident and Charlotte was tagged again for not adhering to rules regarding video taping of the game.