TOLEDO, Ohio -- Joey Haddad scored the game-winning goal in the third and added two assists, extending his point streak to five games, as the Gwinnett Gladiators topped the Toledo Walleye 5-3 on Friday night at the Huntington Center.
Haddad snapped a one-timer from the near circle under the right pad of Carter Hutton to give Gwinnett (6-3-2-1) a 4-3 lead at the 8:47 of the final period. Haddad's fourth goal of the season was aided by Mike Bartlett and Andy Brandt, who set Haddad up from behind the goal line. Tyler Murovich tacked on an empty-netter with less than a minute left for his first goal with the Gladiators to ice the win.
Jeff Jakaitis made 27 saves to earn his fourth victory, while Hutton made 19 stops for Toledo (2-7-0-0). Gwinnett remains in second place in the South Division with 15 points, just one back of first-place South Carolina, and plays Toledo again tonight.
It didn't take long for the Walleye to score. Rob Flick put a loose puck off a blocked shot in the slot past Jakaitis just 33 seconds into the game.
That lead carried over into the second, when Bryan Brutlag drew Gwinnett even at 1:59. The rookie forward caught Toledo in the midst of a post-penalty kill line change, and beat Hutton with a shot that went in off the far post and the goalie's arm. Brad Miller had the lone assist on Brutlag's second goal of the season.
Toledo regained the lead at 8:07, but Gwinnett once again had an answer. Pat Galivan took a feed from Haddad and wristed a high glove-side laser past Hutton for his team-leading fifth goal of the season at 12:59.
The Gladiators took their first lead, 3-2, with only 1.7 seconds left in the second. Bartlett put a loose puck at the top of the crease between the pads of Hutton.
Adam Estoclet tied the game again early in the third, but Gwinnett had the final say on Haddad's game-winner.