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Gladiators get routed on road

BILOXI, Miss. - The Mississippi Sea Wolves scored early and often, paying the Gwinnett Gladiators for a similarly lopsided win in the season opener.

Mississippi cruised to a 7-2 victory as Gwinnett suffered its first regulation loss Friday night. It was also the Gladiators first road game of the season and the two teams meet again tonight.

Bruce Graham and Brandon Kaleniecki scored the only goals for Gwinnett (1-1-2, 4 points). Rookie goaltender Charlie Effinger took the loss in his first start.

The Gladiators gave up four power play goals and four goals in the first period.

Gwinnett broke the shutout bid of Mississippi netminder Ryan Munce at 6:30 of the second period on a 5-on-3 power play. Graham took a pass from Brad Schell in the right wing circle and walked in untouched on Munce and ripped a quick snapshot past the netminder for his third goal of the season. Jeff Mason also notched an assist on the marker for Gwinnett.

Kaleniecki scored his first goal of the season at 17:13 of the third period. Kaleniecki capitalized on a Sea Wolves miscue and flicked the puck into an open net past an out-of-position Munce for the unassisted goal.

Gladiators get defenseman from Vegas

The Gwinnett Gladiators acquired defenseman Jim Jorgensen in a trade with the Las Vegas Wranglers for future considerations Friday.

Jorgensen appeared in four games this season with the Wranglers. The Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., native joined the Wranglers for eight games at the end of last season after completing his senior year at Ferris State University. He had a goal and two assists in that span.

Jorgensen is expected to be available in time for Gwinnett's home game against Florida on Monday.