TRENTON, N.J. -- Rookies Scott Fleming and Shane Sims led the Gwinnett Gladiators to a 4-2 road win over the Trenton Titans on Wednesday night at the Sun National Bank Center.
With the win, the Gladiators (3-2-0-0) moved into first place in the South Division
Trenton (1-4-0-0), despite striking first, remained in the cellar in the North.
Titans forward Matt Germain scored his first goal of the season off a rebound just 1:56 into the game.
Gwinnett goaltender Marc Cheverie made several big stops following the goal to keep the Gladiators within striking distance and with only 59 seconds remaining in the first, Fleming capitalized.
The Phoenix Coyotes' prospect beat Titans goalie Dave Caruso, a Roswell native, with a wicked wrist shot top shelf from the far circle. His second goal of the season tied it 1-1.
Sims had an assist on the goal for his first point as a professional.
The rookie tag-team wasn't done.
After Trenton took a 2-1 lead on an Andy Bohmbach short-handed goal at 2:14, Fleming again drew Gwinnett even. The Plainfield, Ontario, native buried a rebound chance from the far side off a Sims shot on the power play at 7:23. Sims and Joey Haddad chipped in assists.
Pat Galivan put Gwinnett up for good on the power play early in the third.
At 2:33, Galivan hammered home a rebound in the low slot for the Gladiators first lead of the night with Tyler Helfrich assisting. Sims then provided some breathing room with a diving, point-blank tip-in off a brilliant Tyler Murovich pass for his first pro goal.
Sims finished with one goal and two assists, while Fleming was named the game's No. 1 star with two goals. Cheverie won his second game with Gwinnett, stopping 34 of 36 shots while former Gladiator Caruso stopped 27 of 31 for Trenton.
The Gladiators had success on special teams, going 1-for-5 on the power play while holding Trenton scoreless on six chances.
Gwinnett stays on the road for a Friday game in Wheeling, going up against head coach John Wroblewski's former team. Wroblewski was the Nailers' assistant coach last season and now goes head-to-head with his former boss, Stan Drulia.