Gladiators drop 4-1 decision to Florida

Gladiators goalie Joe Fallon made a career-best 42 saves, but it wasn't enough to help Gwinnett past the Florida Everblades in a 4-1 loss on Saturday night at the Germain Arena.

Gwinnett falls to 17-18-4 on the season with the loss but remains in fourth place in the ECHL's South Division

After being held off the scoreboard until the third period the night before, Florida posted a pair of first period goals and took a 2-0 lead on the Gladiators into the first intermission.

Mark Lee opened the scoring 11:53 into the first period by ripping a shot from just inside the blue line past Fallon for the maker.

Peter Metcalf extended the Everblades lead to 2-0 with a power play goal late in the period.

Ross Carlson pushed the Everblades lead to 3-0 at 6:10 of the second period beating Fallon over the shoulder for the marker.

Andy Brandt got the Gladiators on the board at 13:28 of the second period on the power play. Brandt picked up a loose puck in the left wing circle and ripped the puck past Everblades netminder David Leggio for the tally.

Kevin Baker added another marker for Florida in the third. Walking into the slot with Gwinnett defensemen draped over his back, Baker slipped the puck past Fallon with 3:08 left in the third period for the marker.

Gwinnett was outshot in the loss by a 46-21 margin, the most shots allowed so far this season, while the 21 shots taken in the contest was the fewest for Gwinnett this year. Both teams posted a goal on the man advantage in the contest.