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Gladiators win second straight shootout 3-2

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Gwinnett got goals from Mike Hamilton as well as Matt Anderson while Dan Turple made 37 saves and stopped all three shooters in the shootout to help the Gladiators to a 3-2 shootout win over the Pensacola Ice Pilots on Friday night at the Pensacola Civic Center.

The Gladiators remain in second place in the ECHL's South Division with the win while improving to 21-7-3 on the season.

Anderson got the Gladiators on the board first with his third goal of the season on the power play just 2:10 into the first period. Anderson redirected a slapshot from the point past Pensacola netminder Cam Ellsworth for the man advantage goal. Jamie Milam and Bryson Busniuk notched the assists on the power-play goal for Gwinnett.

Gwinnett took a 2-0 lead on the Ice Pilots in the second period. Hamilton ripped a slap shot past Ellsworth from the right wing circle for the power play marker with less than four minutes left in the second period. Stuart MacRae notched an assist on the goal, moving the puck up the ice to set up Hamilton at 16:03 left in the period.

Pensacola got on the board just 3:52 into the third period. Erik Fabian gathered a bouncing puck in the left wing circle and jammed the puck past Gladiators netminder Dan Turple for the unassisted goal.

Preston Briggs tied the game at three at 7:09 of the third period, beating Turple from a pile up in front of the Gladiators net for the marker. Kevin Harris and Mike Sgroi posted the assists on the goal, which sent the game to overtime.

Gwinnett went to its third consecutive shootout after the teams skated to a scoreless overtime period. The Gladiators put the contest away in the shootout as all of Gwinnett's first three shooters - Tomas Pospisil, Lou Dickenson and Jeff Campbell - beat Ellsworth while Turple turned aside all Pensacola shooters to seal with win.

Turple finished with 37 saves for Gwinnett while the Gladiators went 2-for-4 on the power play in the win.

The Gladiators continue their fifth anniversary season Saturday at home against the Mississippi Sea Wolves at 7:35 p.m.