Saturday, December 19, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
KALAMAZOO, Mich. Gwinnett erased a two-goal deficit in the final period to force overtime before Pat Galivan knocked in the game-winner for a 4-3 win.
Just as was seen in Friday's game, the Gladiators and Wings skated to a scoreless tie after the first period. The Wings had a few great chances coming on while Gwinnett (14-9-2-1) was enjoying the man-advantage, but goaltender David Brown made a number of great saves to keep the game scoreless. The Gladiators fired 11 shots on goal in the first while the Wings launched 13 of their own.
The second period saw the game open up a little bit for both teams. After a couple of 2-on-1 rushes for the Gladiators were made irrelevant by Jeremy Duchesne for the Wings, Ben Simon connected with Darryl Lloyd on an odd-man rush to give the Wings the first goal of the game The Gladiators looked to still be in shock as just 29 seconds later the Wings struck again for a 2-0 lead.
Galivan struck back for the Gladiators getting a short-handed tally, unassisted at 13:17.
Gwinnett was not able to hold Kalamazoo off the scoreboard for the rest of the period. Liotti received a pass at the right point and blasted a shot with traffic in front of Brown. Fournier tipped the shot off the right post and into the back of the net, putting the Wings back up by two. The Gladiators brought all the pressure in the third period as they would add two goals to tie the gam. The first of them came from Tim Miller at the 4:52 mark and the second from Jason Lawrence with 2:39 remaining.