COLUMBIA, S.C. - One night after scoring just one goal, the Gwinnett Gladiators unloaded on Columbia in a 7-4 win at the Carolina Coliseum.
Matt Anderson scored two goals and added an assist against Columbia as the Gladiators kept pace with South Carolina for second place in the ECHL South Division. South Carolina followed up its 2-1 victory at the Gwinnett Arena on Friday with a defeat of fourth-place Florida on Saturday.
The Gladiators (39-19-5) host Florida on Wednesday and play four of their next six games against the Everblades as the regular season hits the home stretch.
Chad Painchaud, who had the team's lone goal on Friday, continued to set a torrid pace since being assigned to Gwinnett from AHL Chicago 10 days ago.
Painchaud scored his sixth goal in the last six games and assisted on two other tallies Saturday. The second-year pro has 10 points during this stint with the Gladiators.
Painchaud picked up his three points after Gwinnett already had a 3-0 first-period lead.
Anderson got the ball rolling 6:42 into the game with his 10th goal of the season. Sliding into the slot, Anderson deflected Andy Brandt's shot past Columbia netminder Todd Ford for the marker.
Guillaume Desbiens' second goal of the season gave Gwinnett a 2-0 margin. Finding a rebound in the slot, Desbiens whacked the bouncing puck past Ford at 13:38.
Gwinnett pushed its lead to 3-0 with 1:19 left in the first period on a goal by Tomas Pospisil. Working down the right wing wall, Pospisil ripped a snap shot past Ford from the right face-off circle.
Columbia got one puck past goaltender Craig Kowalski just under five minutes into the second before Anderson lit the lamp again.
Anderson - who like Painchaud, Desbiens and Pospisil was assigned from Chicago this season - got a rink-wide pass from Brandt and beat Ford at 6:42.
Less than a minute later, the Inferno answered to make it a 4-2 game.
But Painchaud and Jeff Campbell scored the next two goals to put things out of reach. Brad Schell assisted on both tallies.
Brandt rounded out the offensive explosion following the second goal each for Columbia's Mac Faulkner and Jeff Miles.
Kowalski, who was playing with an emergency backup after Dan Turple was recalled to AHL Grand Rapids, finished with 28 saves in the win.