Saturday, December 12, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. The Gwinnett Gladiators kept shining on the road, using a big second period to beat Johnstown 7-3 on Saturday at historic Cambria County War Memorial Stadium.
A penalty-filled match-up in Johnstown is exactly what would be expected in the former home of the fabled Charlestown Chiefs from the movie "Slapshot."
Matt Siddall led the way for Gwinnett with his fists engaging in three fights, scoring the game-winning goal, and picking up an assist for the Gordie Howe hat trick.
Tom Zanoski scored the games first two goals to get the offensive effort going and David Brown made 33 saves in the win.
The Gladiators are unbeaten on the road with a 8-0-2-0 mark and Saturday's victory boosted them past Florida in the division standings.
Second-place Charlotte remains just slightly ahead of Gwinnett (13-7-2-1, 29 points) in the ECHL South. Both teams play today the Gladiators return to Wheeling where they won 3-0 on Friday night and Charlotte visits division-leader South Carolina.
Gwinnett took a 4-0 lead on goals by Zanoski, Aaron Brocklehurst and Siddall.
Johnstown broke up Brown's bid for a shutout when former Gladiator Chris Zarb picked up a turnover while shorthanded and put the puck in the top right corner of the net. The goal ended a 102-minute, 13-second streak of shutout hockey for the Gladiators.
But Gwinnett was already too far ahead for the Chiefs to catch.
Note: Already nearby on the Gladiators' northern road swing, goalie Danny Taylor was recalled to the Syracuse Crunch of the AHL on Saturday. This is Taylor's second stint with the Crunch and comes hours after Taylor stopped all 40 shots in a 3-0 shutout of Wheeling.