It's time for a little revenge.
The Gwinnett Gladiators welcome back the Alaska Aces tonight at the Arena at Gwinnett Center, seven months after the two met in the Kelly Cup Finals.
The Aces, who won the series four games to one to capture the league title, are on top of the National Conference. They have a record of 28-11-1-1, which is good for an ECHL-best 58 points.
Of course, the Gladiators aren't doing too badly either. Gwinnett is 25-13-3-1, good for 54 points. They are tied for first place in the American Conference with the Texas Wildcatters.
With both teams steamrolling toward the postseason yet again, tonight's matchup could very well be a preview of the 2007 Kelly Cup Finals.
The two teams will meet again on Saturday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center as well. The Gladiators won the only other regular-season meeting between the two clubs back in the 2003-2004 season.
A New Record
Gladiators forward Brad Schell set a new Gladiators team record for most assists in a season. Schell shattered both the Gladiators team record and the all-time franchise record for most assists in a season. Schell now has 63 assists on the season, surpassing Brand Dietrich's Gladiators' team record of 60 assists set during the 2003-04 season.
Up to the 'A'
The Gladiators lost Jon Awe to the Chicago Wolves on the American Hockey League on Monday. Awe makes his second trip to the Wolves this season and his third trip to the AHL this year. Awe collected an assist for the Wolves on Friday night and added two assists on Saturday night.
The 1-2 Punch
Brad Schell and Scott Mifsud continue to rank 1-2 in scoring in the ECHL through 42 games this season. Schell and Mifsud have combined for 144 points this season for Gwinnett as Schell has 82 points while Mifsud has 62 points for Gwinnett. Mike Pandolfo of Trenton ranks third with 55 points on the season.
A true Advantage
The Gladiators continue to lead the ECHL on the power play this season, converting over 25 percent of their chances on the man advantage. Gwinnett has collected 82 power play goals this season. Gwinnett needs just 33 more to tie the ECHL record for power play goals in a season, set by the Nashville Knights during the 1995-96 season.
Lucky No. 7
Dan Turple posted his seventh consecutive win for the Gladiators in Friday's 6-5 overtime win over the Everblades. Turple finished with 33 saves for the Gladiators in the win and has not posted a loss for Gwinnett since an 8-5 loss at Pensacola on Dec. 29. The netminder has posted a 2.81 goals against average and a 0.910 save percentage for the Gladiators during his current wining streak.
Kids Jersey Night
Saturday is the Gladiators annual Kids Jersey night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center as the first 2,000 kids ages 10 and under will receive a free kids replica jersey at the game. Kids Jersey Night is sponsored by Team Cowan - Remax Professionals, Mars Van Lines, The Gwinnett Daily Post and Kicks 101.5 FM.