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Gladiators lose both goalies on same day

DULUTH -- Life in the ECHL continues to be a challenge.

The Gwinnett Gladiators lost both their goalies to the AHL on Monday.

Jeff Jakaitis was called up to Rochester because of an injury to Buffalo Sabres' starter Ryan Miller. Drew MacIntyre got the call from the Sabres, leaving David Leggio as the only netminder for the Americans until Jakaitis' arrival.

Phoenix prospect Marc Cheverie was assigned to Portland when its goalie Justin Pogge suffered a minor lower-body injury. The Pirates have a game tonight at home against Adirondack.

The Gladiators, who went 2-0-1-1 on their four-game road trip last week, don't play again until Friday.

"We could have both of them back or we could have neither," Gwinnett president Steve Chapman said. "We've got all kinds of alternate plans."

Chapman said the team reached out to Billy Sauer, who played here last season and was signed in the offseason by former head coach Jeff Pyle.

The team is also in contact with Nick Eno. The rookie out of Bowling Green was excellent in training camp with Gwinnett this fall and is playing for Mississippi in the SPHL.

There are other options as well. But the Gladiators will have to wait and see what happens with the situations in Buffalo and Portland.

"It's just interesting the adversity we've been working through in the last week," Chapman said. "The hotel fire Wednesday in Elmira. (Captain Paul) Flache out with an injury. Dallas Jackson out. (Brad) Miller playing banged up. (Nikita Kashirsky) suspended for shooting a puck into the stands. We gut out those wins on the road and now we're facing this."