Gladiators fall hard to Jackals

Elmira jumped out to a two-goal lead in the first period and never looked back as they defeated the Gladiators 8-1 Friday night in Elmira.

The Gladiators came in looking to bounce back from an ugly loss early in the year, but would never get closer than trailing 2-1 early in the second period. Elmira rattled off 6 unanswered goals to bury them.

The Gladiators (19-18-3-2) surrendered the first goal of the game at the 7:01 mark of the first period when the Donati's collected to put the Jackals up 1-0. Tyler Donati was able to blast a shot on goal from the slot, but Brown kicked it aside. Justin Donati was right on the door step, however, to flip a puck over a sprawling David Brown.

The Jackals began to pull away in the last minute of the first when Olivier Proulx gained his second point on the night. Tyler Donati found Mat Robinson streaking along the right wing and Robinson threw a puck toward Brown. Traffic in front of the net forced the puck into the low slot and Proulx made no mistake on an empty net.

The Gladiators had a strong start to the second period and after killing off the 5-on-3, found themselves on the power play. Adam Berti controlled the puck on the left wing side and moved it quickly up to Drew Paris at the top of the slot. Paris ripped a one-timer from the top of the slot and Scott Mifsud slammed home the rebound to cut Elmira's lead to just 2-1.

That was the end of the good fortune for Gwinnett.

Justin Donati notched his second goal of the contest. And the goals just kept coming.

A shorthanded goal just 39 seconds later put the Jackals up 4-1. Matt Lowry added a marker with 2:14 left on the second period clock bringing the score to 5-1. Things never improved for Gwinnett as Elmira added three more goals in the third period.