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Galivan scores twice in return

 

 

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — With the promotion of leading scorers Ryan Garbutt and Derek Nesbitt to the AHL before Friday night’s game in Kalamazoo, there were plenty of questions as to who would step up offensively for the Gladiators.

Pat Galivan and Will Colbert were more than willing to provide an answer.

Galivan scored twice, potting the game-winner and an empty-netter in the third to help seal a 3-1 Gladiators’ win at Wings Stadium. The forward had 42 points in 46 games in Gwinnett last season and started this year with AHL Chicago.

Gwinnett (8-2-2) has now won three games in a row.

The Wings (5-3-2) took the lead in the first as Kory Karlander extended his consecutive-game point streak to 10 at the 12:32 mark.

The Gladiators answered just 65 seconds later, as Colbert capitalized on a rebound chance in front for his first goal of the season. Assists went to Andy Brandt and Danick Paquette.

Gwinnett took its first lead of the night 12:02 into the second. Galivan, who met the team in Kalamazoo after being assigned by AHL Chicago on Wednesday, beat Wings keeper Ryan Nie top shelf point blank. Colbert picked up the assist on the play.

Gladiators goalie Billy Sauer made some big saves down the stretch, as Gwinnett hung on and Galivan added the late empty-netter. Sauer stopped 22 of 23 shots to win his second straight start.

The Gladiators head to Cincinnati for a game tonight against the defending Kelly Cup champs.

Nesbitt was called up to Peoria on Friday, but the Wolves also assigned defenseman David Phillips to Gwinnett. Nesbitt has 18 points in 11 games with the Gladiators this season and was named the ECHL’s player of the month for October.