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Gladiators in third place after weekend games

It was feast or famine for the Gwinnett Gladiators in their home-and-home series with the South Carolina Stingrays last weekend.

After suffering only their second shutout of the season - and just their 10th in the five-year history of the team - in a 5-0 loss Friday at the North Charleston Coliseum, the Gladiators rebounded for a 7-3 win the next night before 9,315 fans at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

That outburst marked Gwinnett's highest offensive output in nearly a calendar year dating back to Feb. 14, 2007, when the Gladiators beat the Florida Everblades 7-4.

The win also made the Gladiators 7-3 all time in games immediately following a shutout.

It also ended an up-and-down week featuring sporadic offensive outbursts - including six goals in an 8-6 home loss to the Augusta Lynx last Tuesday - but wound up the week just 2-2.

The results leave the Gladiators (26-13-2-2) two points behind South Carolina for third place in the ECHL's American Conference South Division, though they have two games in hand on the Stingrays.

Fifty is nifty

Fifty was a magic number for a pair of Gladiators last week.

With the first of his two goals in last Tuesday's loss to Augusta, defenseman Jim Jackson reached 50 goals for his ECHL career, which includes parts of four seasons with the Gladiators.

Jackson then tallied his 52nd ECHL goal in Saturday's win over South Carolina, placing him fifth on Gwinnett's all-time scoring list behind Jeff Campbell (75), Brad Schell (62), Mike Vigilante (70) and Chris Durno (52).

Fifty was also a good number for fellow defenseman Jamie Milam, who handed out his 50th ECHL assist in the loss to Augusta.

After getting another assist Saturday against South Carolina, the 6-foot, 200-pound native of Lake Orion, Mich., is just 10 points short of tallying the 100th point of his professional career and just 19 points shy of his 100th ECHL point.

Campbell dishing it out

With his assist in Saturday's win over South Carolina, Campbell gained the ECHL's lead in assists with 43 on the season.

The 5-9, 170-pound right winger also has 11 goals on the season for a total of 54 points, which ties him for second in the league in points with Yannick Tifu of the Dayton Bombers.

The pair trail only John McNabb of the Texas Wildcatters, who leads the ECHL with 56 points.

This week

The Gladiators are at the Arena at Gwinnett Center for three games, playing host to the Wheeling Nailers on Friday and Saturday - both at 7:35 p.m. - and the Columbia Inferno on Sunday at 4:05 p.m.

The weekend has been dubbed "Pink in the Rink" weekend, during which the ice will be painted pink and the Gladiators will wear special jerseys that will be auctioned off after Sunday's game, with the proceeds benefiting Breast Cancer Awareness.

Also, the first 2,000 women at Saturday night's game will receive a pink visor.

For more information, log on to www.gwinnettgladiators.com.