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Nastiuk makes 26 saves in Gladiators' win

CHARLOTTE, NC - Gwinnett Gladiators goalie Kevin Nastiuk made 26 saves to help the Gladiators to a 5-3 win over the Charlotte Checkers on Friday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.

With the win, Nastiuk snapped a personal six game losing streak for the netmdiner while it was the Gladiators' fifth two-goal come-from-behind win this season. Gwinnett moved back to .500 and is now 15-15-4 on the season with the victory.

After a scoreless first period, Charlotte to jumped out to an early lead in the second period. Jeff Miles ripped a slapshot from the top of the right wing face off circle past Nastiuk for the marker at 4:03 of the second period.

Julian Brouillette pushed the Checkers lead to 2-0 just 35 seconds later. Nastiuk poked the puck out of a pileup up in the slot but it bounced right to a waiting Brouillette who whipped the puck past Nastiuk for the marker.

Gwinnett battled back in the later stages of the second period to tie the game at 2-2 before the second intermission. Adam Hobson collected his sixth goal of the season shorthanded just two minutes after Charlotte's second goal of the game. Hobson finished a 2-on-1 break with Adam Berti as he beat Checkers netminder Jeff Jakaitis to the shortside for the marker.

Jean-Claude Sawyer tied the game at two with his first goal as a Gladiator with 2:29 left in the second period on the power play.

Gwinnett jumped out to a 3-2 lead on the Checkers at the 14:31 mark of the third period on Matt Siddall's sixth goal of the season.

Charlotte answered just minutes later at the 15:58 mark of the third period to tie the game at three. Ford posted the goal for the Checkers as he was wide open on the left wing circle and ripped the puck past Nastiuk for the marker.

Travis Fuller answered just 35 seconds later for Gwinnett to regain the lead for the Gladiators.

Berti collected his fifth goal of the season with 1:43 left in the final period to put the contest away for the Gladiators.

Gwinnett went 1-for-5 on the power play in the win while Charlotte was 0-for-4 on the man advantage while giving up a shorthanded goal to the Gladiators in the contest.