Gladiators rally, fall in shootout

BILOXI, Miss. - The Gwinnett Gladiators ended up splitting their three games in Mississippi, falling in a shootout 4-3 on Saturday night.

The Gladiators won the first game Wednesday and were routed Friday night before getting a point in the shootout loss.

Gwinnett opened up a 2-0 lead on Mississippi early in the first period, but couldn't hold on as the Sea Wolves came back to take a 3-2 lead early in the third.

The Gladiators (22-23-6) got a tying goal from Tom Zanoski, the forward's second tally of the game, to get beyond regulation.

Zanoski beat goalie Ryan Munce from 20 feet out through traffic for the goal at 14:55 of the third.

After a scoreless overtime period, Mississippi put the game away with two shootout conversions to Gwinnett's one by Jeff Mason.

Dan Turple finished with 21 saves in the effort.

Gwinnett took a 1-0 lead on Jordan Fox's team leading 21st goal of the season. Fox walked off the left wing dasherboards into the slot and beat Munce over the shoulder for the goal. Linemates Adam Berti and Dan Sullivan notched assists on the goal at 3:07 of the first period for Gwinnett.

Zanoski pushed the Gwinnett lead to 2-0 at 6:36 of the second period. Zanoski beat a Mississippi defenseman to a loose puck along the goal line and whacked the puck past an out-of-position Munce.

The Sea Wolves scored three straight goals, getting their first lead 6:26 into the third on a slap shot by Ryan Menei.