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Gladiators battle back for victory

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

TRENTON, N.J. — Despite surrendering three straight goals in the third period, the Gwinnett Gladiators battled back for a 4-3 shootout win Saturday night at the Sun National Bank Center.

Gwinnett (24-25-7) moves into ninth in the Eastern Conference with the win, while Trenton (21-30-4) falls further back in the cellar.

A John-Scott Dickson one-timer at 8:55 pushed the Gladiators lead to 3-0 in the third.

It was Dickson’s first goal since joining Gwinnett in a trade with Idaho. The Gladiators had a commanding lead, but it didn’t last.

Trevor Kell made it 3-1 at 10:55 on the power play and Ryan Hayes brought the Devils within one less than a minute later at 11:48. Tony Zancanero tied the game on the power play off a redirection in front with just 33 seconds left in regulation.

After a scoreless overtime where Gwinnett was outshot 8-1, both sides carried a 4-4 shootout into the eighth round.

Edward Pasquale was able to stop Zancanero, while Gladiators defenseman Matt Duffy snuck a snap shot between the left arm and body of Trenton goalie Shane Connolly to seal the win.

Pasquale, an Atlanta Thrashers prospect, stopped 47 of 50 shots to pick up his fifth victory.

Pat Galivan scored the lone goal of the first period as Gwinnett built its lead. The forward had a centering pass blocked from close in, but drove to the net and put the loose puck past Connelly at 9:09.

Kyle Kucharski followed up with the only goal of the second, as he beat Connolly on a rebound in front on the power play to push the Gwinnett edge to 2-0. Danick Paquette and Justin Milo assisted on the tally at 5:34.