Gladiators pick up second straight win

PENSACOLA, Fla. - Jim Jackson posted his seventh goal of the season which proved to be the game winner to help the Gwinnett Gladiators past the Pensacola Ice Pilots 3-1 on Saturday night at the Pensacola Civic Center.

With the win, Gwinnett improves to 24-11-4 on the season with 52 points. Along with a regulation loss by the Florida Everblades, Gwinnett moves into sole possession of third place in the ECHL's South Division.

Despite chances at both ends of the ice, the Gladiators and Ice Pilots skated to a scoreless tie through the first period. Gwinnett finished the period outshooting Pensacola by a 9-8 margin but both Gladiators netminder Craig Kowalski and Pensacola netminder Cam Ellsworth stood strong, turning aside all the shots they faced.

Jeff Campbell's eighth goal of the season broke a scoreless tie in the second period. Parked along the goal line, Campbell took a cross ice pass from Tomas Pospisil before whipping the puck past Ellsworth for the marker. Jamie Milam also collected an assist on the 5-on-3 power play goal for Gwinnett at 11:54 of the second period.

Gwinnett took a 2-0 lead on the Ice Pilots at 7:11 of the third period. Jackson collected his 49th career ECHL goal as he ripped a slap shot from the left wing circle past Ellsworth for the power play marker. Andy Brandt and Mike Hamilton collected the assists on the power play goal for Gwinnett.

Pensacola got back within a goal just 42 seconds later. Dan Sullivan got the Ice Pilots on the board finding a loose puck in a pile up in front of the Gwinnett net and slipping the puck past Kowalski for the marker at 7:53 of the third period.

Lou Dickenson regained the momentum for Gwinnett at 12:56 of the third period. Dickenson notched his team-leading 17th goal of the season ripping a snapshot past Ellsworth from 15 feet in front of the net. Dickenson finished a 2-on-1 break with Brandt to set up the marker. Kowalski finished with 33 saves for the Gladiators in the win. Gwinnett finished with a pair of power play goals on five chances while the Gladiators were perfect killing off the Ice Pilots' only power play chance in the win.