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Gladiators fall again in Texas

BEAUMONT, Texas - The Gwinnett Gladiators continue to struggle in Texas.

They failed to hold onto a two-goal lead and fell to the Wildcatters 3-2 on Friday at Ford Arena in Beaumont. It was the ninth straight time Gwinnett has lost there. It was also the Gladiators' first road loss of the season.

Jeff Campbell assisted on both goals, but it wasn't enough to beat division-leading Texas.

Gwinnett (11-4-1) dropped into third place in the ECHL's South Division as Florida used a win to move one point ahead of the Gladiators. The Wildcatters, which host Gwinnett again tonight and Sunday, remain atop the standings with a 13-2-3 record (29 points).

The Gladiators jumped out to a 2-0 lead with a pair of power-play goals in the first period.

Derek Nesbitt posted the first, deflecting Campbell's backhand shot from the right wing circle past Texas netminder Peter Aubry. Nesbitt's eighth goal of the season on the power play came just 2:20 into the game.

Jamie Milam doubled the Gladiators lead with his fifth goal of the year. Milam ripped a one-timer from the point past Aubry with 3:14 remaining in the first period.

Campbell had his second assist of the game as he fed Milam at the point to set up the goal. Nesbitt also had an assist on the five-on-three power play goal.

Then Texas took its turn lighting the lamp, scoring three times in the second period. The Wildcatters held on through a scoreless third period to post their sixth consecutive win over Gwinnett.