Gladiators' win streak snapped

Photo by Brandon Brigman

Photo by Brandon Brigman

ELMIRA, N.Y. — Forward Matt Francis marked his return off the IR with a goal, but the Gladiators had their six-game winning streak snapped 2-1 by the Elmira Jackals on Friday night at First Arena.

Francis missed 38 games with a shoulder injury, but beat Jackals (29-24-7) keeper Marco Cousineau on the powerplay from the near circle at 8:29 of the third to bring the Glads (28-26-7) within one. Michael Forney and Dustin Cameron assisted on the tally, Francis’ second of the season.

That was as close as Gwinnet would get, however, despite several golden opportunities and a couple of hit posts late. Cousineau stopped 30 of 31 shots for his fifth win in a row. Chris Carrozzi stopped 26 of 28 for the Glads.

Elmira has now won three in a row and seven of eight since firing head coach Malcolm Cameron in late February. They take over sole possession of seventh in the East with the win, dropping Gwinnett to eighth.

After Gwinnet dominated the first half of the opening period and outshot the Jackals 8-1, a two-man advantage swung the momentum.

Michael Dubuc found the back of the net for the 23rd time this season on a backdoor set-up from Justin Donati and RJ Anderson on the powerplay to give Elmira the 1-0 edge after 20 minutes.