Gladiators fall
to Ice Pilots, 3-2

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Despite goals from Lou Dickenson and Chad Denny, the Gwinnett Gladiators dropped a 3-2 decision to the Pensacola Ice Pilots on Friday night at the Pensacola Civic Center.

With the loss, the Gladiators fall to 31-15-5 on the season. Gwinnett battles Mississippi tonight at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum at 8:05 p.m.

Gwinnett jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Pensacola just 24 seconds into the first period. Dickenson collected his 23rd goal of the season as he ripped a slap shot that deflected high into the air off Pensacola netminder Mike Brodeur and ended up in the back of the Pensacola net. Jeff Campbell collected an assist on the goal for the Gladiators.

Pensacola equalized the contest at one midway through the second period. Adam Berti beat Gladiators netminder Craig Kowalski from the slot for the marker on the power play.

Patrick Bordeleau gave the Ice Pilots a 2-1 lead on the Gladiators in the third period. Picking up a rebound in the slot, Bordeleau rolled the puck past Kowalski for the marker at 8:40 of the third period.

The Ice Pilots extended their lead to 3-1 at 16:55 of the third [period. Esner worked with Berti on a 2-on-1 break and beat Kowalski for the marker. Esner got credited with the goal as Cohen and Berti collected the assists.

With just one second left and Kowalski pulled in favor of an extra attacker, Denny found a loose puck in a scrum in front of the Pensacola net and rolled the puck past Brodeau to cut the Pensacola lead to just one goal. It was too little too late, though, as Gwinnett could get no closer. Gwinnett got assists on the goal from Brad Schell and Dickenson.

Kowalski finished with 23 saves in the losing effort while the Gladiators went 0-for-2 on the power play in the loss. Pensacola went 1-for-3 on the man advantage in the contest as Pensacola head coach John Marks collected his ECHL record-tying 480th career win.