Thursday, February 19, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
BILOXI, Miss. - Jeff Mason scored the game-winning goal with less than five minutes left in regulation and the Gwinnett Gladiators snapped a three-game losing streak against Mississippi with a 3-2 win Wednesday in Biloxi, Miss.
The Gladiators staked themselves a 2-0 lead, but Mississippi fought back to tie it in the third.
Mason potted the deciding goal on the power play just a little over 90 seconds after the Sea Wolves tied it.
Parked on the back door, Mason took a rink-wide pass from Dirk Southern and jammed the puck past goalie Ryan Munce at 15:29 of the third period.
Josh Johnson made 24 saves in his second consecutive win for the Gladiators (22-22-5).
Southern and Jordan Fox were Gwinnett's other scorers.
The Gladiators took a 1-0 lead on Southern's seventh goal of the season just 2:14 into the game. Southern got a feed from Tom Zanoski and ripped a slapshot into the back of the net.
Fox pushed the lead to 2-0 in the second period with the teams skating 4-on-4. He took a pass from Southern in the slot and flicked the puck past Munce at 6:15 of the second period. The goal was Fox's 20th of the season.
Mississippi tied the game in the third period with a pair of power play goals. Mathieu Melanson's slapshot got past Johnson at 11:02 of the third and Jeff Kyrzakos evened the score at 13:53.
Gwinnett remains in Biloxi for two more games Friday and Saturday. The Gladiators jumped over Mississippi into fourth place in the ECHL South with the win and are seven points behind third-place Charlotte.