Saturday, February 21, 2009
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Gwinnett Daily Post
BILOXI, Miss. - The Mississippi Sea Wolves used three power play goals to beat the Gwinnett Gladiators 6-1 Friday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
Mississippi took a 1-0 lead on the Gladiators (22-23-5) 12:55 into the first period with the only goal of the opening stanza. Bill LeClerc ripped a slapshot from the left wing point through traffic past Gladiators netminder Josh Johnson for the goal. Alexandre Parent and Mathieu Melanson had the assists on the goal for the Sea Wolves.
The Sea Wolves added a pair of power play goals in the second period to take a 3-0 lead on the Gladiators after two period.
Melanson added his third point of the game for the Sea Wolves finding a loose puck in the slot and flicking the puck past Johnson giving Mississippi 3-0 lead on Gwinnett.
Mississippi extended its lead to 4-0 just 1:25 into the third period on Melanson's second consecutive goal of the contest.
The Sea Wolves took a 5-0 lead on a Mark Rooneem goal and Johnson was done for the night in favor of Dan Turple.
Tom Zanoski ended the shutout bid at 7:53 of the third period jamming a loose puck along the goal line past the netminder for the only Gwinnett goal of the game. Scott Marchesi and Jordan Fox had the helpers on the goal for Gwinnett.
Mississippi added a sixth goal at 11:16 of the third on another power play.
Turple finished with 7 saves for Gwinnett in the contest while Johnson made 17 in the losing effort for Gwinnett. The Gladiators gave up 3 power play goals to the Sea Wolves on four chances in the loss while going 0-for-4 on the power play.
The Gladiators continue the season on the road as they battle the Mississippi again today at 8:05 p.m.