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Gladiators crumble in third vs. Florida

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ESTERO, Fla. — The Gwinnett Gladiators gave up four goals in the third period and could not hang on in a 7-3 loss to the Florida Everblades on Saturday night at the Germain Arena.

Gwinnett (22-24-2-5) jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Dustin Cameron’s fifth goal of the season, which gives him points in six of his past seven games with the Gladiators. Cameron found a loose puck along the goal line and flipped it past Everblades (30-24-0-3) netminder Jaroslav Janus for the tally. Andy Brandt collected a helper on the goal for Gwinnett at 13:08 of the first period.

Drew Larman answered for Florida at 14:22 of the first period sliding into the slot and beating Gladiators goaltender Chris Carrozzi along the ice for the goal.

Back and forth it went until the third.

Florida put the game away in the third with four goals in the final period. Francis Lemieux gave Florida itss first lead of the game at 4:08 of the third.

Alex Imbeault then pushed the Everblades lead to 5-3 with a power play goal at 5:55 of the final period ripping a slapshot past Carrozzi.

Tony Mosey extended the Everblades lead to 6-3 as he finished a 2-on-1 break and beat a sliding Carrozzi as the Gwinnett netminder could not get a pad on the puck.

Imbeault added his second of the night to round out the scoring with 5:36 left in the contest.

Gwinnett finished scoreless on the power play in the loss while the Everblades capitalized on two of five chances on the man advantage in the win.