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Gladiators pick up win over Florida

From staff reports

ESTERO, Fla. - The Gwinnett Gladiators defeated Florida for the second time this season, knocking off the Everblades 3-1 on Friday night at the Germain Arena.

With the win, Gwinnett improves to .500 on the season at 17-17-4 to remain in fourth place in the ECHL's South Division.

Travis Fuller started the scoring late in the second period. Parked along the goal line to the far post, Fuller tapped the puck past Everblades netminder Anton Khudobin for the goal off a pass through traffic from Jeff Dunne. In his first game with Gwinnett, Mike Looby notched an assist on the goal for Gwinnett at 18:04 of the second period.

Florida equalized the contest at 7:49 of the third period on Kevin Baker's 31st goal of the season.

Scott Marchesi answered for the Gladiators 3 minutes later with the game-winner for Gwinnett. Marchesi found the puck in a pile up in front of the net before punching it past Khudobin for the marker. Jean-Claude Sawyer and Matt Siddall collected the assists on the goal for the Gladiators at 10:44 of the third period.

Dirk Southern put the game away for the Gladiators with less than 2 minutes left in the third period on the power play. Andy Brandt intercepted a Florida pass and fed Southern on a break down the left wing. Southern then ripped a slapshot to the far post past Khudobin for the power play goal with 1:32 left in the third period.

Regan finished with 28 saves in his first win after being assigned to Gwinnett from Providence. Gwinnett finished 1-for-6 on the man advantage in the win while holding the Everblades scoreless on the power play on five chances.

Note: Gladiators goaltender Josh Johnson was called up to the Lake Erie Monsters of the American Hockey League on Friday. Johnson has appeared in 13 games this season with the Gladiators posting a 7-5-1 record a 3.20 goals against average and a .894 save percentage.