Gladiators ripped 7-3 by lowly Ice Pilots

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Scott Mifsud pushed his ECHL season-leading point scoring streak to 17 games with the first goal of the game, but wasn't nearly enough to sustain the Gwinnett Gladiators.

The Gladiators got rolled 7-3 by basement-dwelling Pensacola in Florida on Tuesday night.

It was Gwinnett's second consecutive loss.

Mifsud posted his 21st goal of the season to give the Gladiators an early 1-0 lead. Mifsud redirected Matt York's centering feed past Pensacola netminder Michael Mole for the goal 2:36 into the game.

That goal stood until 14:21 of the first period when Pensacola tied the game just seconds after a power play expired.

John Hecimovic found a loose puck in the slot and fluttered a second effort over the shoulder of Gladiators netminder Dan Turple.

Sergi Ogorodnikov assisted on that goal and then gave the Ice Pilots a 2-1 lead with 2:51 left in the first period. Erik Johnson pushed the Ice Pilots' lead to 3-1 halfway through the second period.

Gwinnett (29-16-6, 64 points) got back within a goal at 3-2 less than a minute later. Jon Awe walked in on a 2-on-1 and ripped a snapshot over the shoulder of Mole.

Mifsud and York assisted on the goal at 10:04, but Pensacola (16-34-2, 34 points) unloaded on the Gladiators, scoring the next three straight goals and cruised to the win.

Gwinnett was scoreless on eight power play chances against the worst team in the league.

The Gladiators' road trip continues today with a game against the Florida Everblades, which remain two points ahead of Gwinnett for second place in the South Division standings.