Gladiators officially eliminated

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Gwinnett Gladiators arrived in Charlotte on Tuesday needing every possible point to keep their playoff hopes alive.

Andrew Carroll sent the Gladiators home with one point with his game-winning overtime goal and officially eliminated Gwinnett from postseason contention.

The Gladiators scored first in the second period and held their 1-0 lead into the third. But Charlotte tied it 2:44 into the third period and Carroll's goal with 28 seconds left in overtime ended Gwinnett's six-year playoff run.

Each team had some good chances in a scoreless first period.

Charlotte's Mike Taylor put the puck behind goalie David Brown, but Matt Schepke had collided with the netminder so the goal was waived off.

Gwinnett scored 7:09 into the second period.

Pat Galivan tapped a puck free to force a turnover in the Checkers' zone. Tom Zanoski controlled the loose puck and found Matt Caruana open in the slot. Caruana slid a shot under the pads of goaltender Ryan Munce.

Mike Berube tied it early in the third. He controlled a puck at the left point and walked along the boards. Berube fired a shot from the left half-wall to beat Brown on the short side.

The Gladiators finish their season with three straight games at home against South Carolina. The first of those is tonight with Gwinnett just playing out a season for the first time.