Thursday, April 2, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
Estero, Fla. - Gwinnett got a pair of third-period goals from Jordan Fox but it wasn't enough to overcome a five goal third period deficit in a 6-3 loss to the Florida Everblades on Wednesday night at the Germain Arena.
Gwinnett falls to 30-33-6 on the season and still needs 1.5 wins to qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Florida took a 1-0 lead on the Gladiators at 3:47 of the first period. Mark Lee beat Gladiators netmdiner Joe Fallon from the slot for the goal.
Adam Sweetland extended the Everblades lead to 2-0 at 14:33 of the first period on the power play. Sweetland beat Fallon from a bad angle along the goal line off a feed from Milan Gajic.
Gwinnett got on the board late in the first period on its first power play chance of the game. Dirk Southern walked out of the corner and into the slot before beating Florida netminder Kyle Gajewski for the marker.
Florida exploded for four goals in the second period to take control of the contest. Kevin Baker added his league leading 56th goal of the season just 3:47 into second to give Florida a 3-1 lead.
Brad Zanon pushed the Florida lead to 4-1 about four minutes later.
Baker had his second goal of the game deflecting a shot from the point past Fallon to give the Everblades a 5-1 lead.
Ernie Hartlieb gave Florida the five-goal lead with just 2:42 left in the second period.
Gwinnett got a pair of goals back in the third period on the power play. Jordan Fox picked up a rebound along the goal line and flicked the puck past Gajewski for his first marker of the period.