Gladiators steamroll Charlotte 5-1

Lou Dickenson notched an assist to help the Gladiators past the Charlotte Checkers 5-1 on Thursday night at the Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Gwinnett also got a pair of goals from Andy Brandt in the win, while Derek Nesbitt collected a pair of assists to push his consecutive assist streak to 10 games for Gwinnett. With the win, Gwinnett improves to 33 points with a 16-5-1 record on the sesaon.

The Gladiators will host Columbia at 7:35 p.m. tonight at the Gwinnett Center.

Gwinnett jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 33 seconds into the contest. Mike Vigilante deflected Jamie Milam's slapshot from the left wing point past Charlotte netminder Mike Ayers for the goal.

Thomas Pospisil notched his first professional goal on the power play at the 8:22 mark of the opening period to give Gwinnett a 2-0 lead. Pospisil ripped a slap-shot from the left wing circle though the legs of Ayers for the goal.

Gwinnett continued to dominate the first period as Brandt's fifth goal of the season gave the Gladiators a 3-0 lead at the 12:37 mark of the opening period. Brandt's goal came off a deflection as he redirected Dinos Stamoulis' slap shot from the right wing point past Ayers for the goal for Gwinnett.

Gwinnett collected another power play goal with 4:50 left in the first period as Milam clanked the puck of three posts and past Ayers and into the back of the net to give Gwinnett a 4-0 lead.

After skating through a scoreless second period, Brandt pushed the Gladiators lead to 5-0 with his second goal of the game early in the third. Capitalizing on a Checker's defensive breakdown, Brandt walked in on Ayers untouched before flipping the puck over the netminder's shoulder for the goal. Brandt's goal came unassisted at the 4:58 mark of the third period.

Charlotte got their only maker in the contest at the 12:08 mark of the third period as Dusty Jamieson was able to roll the puck underneath Gladiators netminder Dan Turple for the Checkers' tally.

Gwinnett finished 2-for-5 on the power play in the win, while Turple finished with 27 saves in the victory for Gwinnett. Charlotte went 0-for-1 on their only power play chance in the contest.