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Murovich's goals lift Gladiators past Express

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. -- Tyler Murovich scored two goals, including the short-handed game winner, as the Gwinnett Gladiators prevailed over Chicago 4-3 on the road Friday night.

The win is the first of four games up north and the second in a seven-game road stretch for the Gladiators.

Gwinnett continues to lead the Eastern Conference with a record of 28-13-7-4 (67 points). The Gladiators today play in Kalamazoo, which ended Gwinnett's 12-game home winning streak in a shootout last week.

After a scoreless first period Friday in Chicago, Murovich scored an unassisted power-play goal at 14:07 of the second.

Nikita Kashirsky doubled the lead just 11 seconds later, getting an assist from newly assigned Riley Boychuk. But Chicago answered another 34 seconds after that on the power play.

The third period got off to a quick start and the action was back and forth for the duration.

Chicago's Pierre-Luc Faubert tied it 46 seconds into the period.

Gwinnett regained it's lead, 3-2, on a power-play tally by Brad Miller at 4:39, and Murovich's shorty at 12:42 proved to be the game winner. Forward Bryan Brutlag won a footrace to a loose puck in the Express (22-20-6-2) zone, stopped, and found Murovich all alone in front. The Gladiators forward then slid a shot past Chicago goaltender Peter Mannino.

The Express got within one at 13:48, once again on the power play, but failed to get another puck past Joe Palmer. The goalie made 32 saves in the victory, one in which Gwinnett was outshot 35-17 and killed off six of eight Chicago power plays.