KALAMAZOO, Mich. -- The Gwinnett Gladiators fought back from a 3-0 first-period deficit to knock off the Kalamazoo Wings, 4-3, in a shootout Saturday night at Wings Stadium.
The win is a measure of revenge for Gwinnett (29-13-7-4), after Kalamazoo (29-16-2-3) snapped the Gladiators' 12-game home winning streak with a 4-3 shootout win last weekend at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Trailing 3-2 in the third, defenseman Tyler Kindle tied the game with a lot of help from Wings' forward Justin Taylor.
Kindle took a pass just inside the blue line from Bryan Brutlag and fired a shot toward the Wings' net. The puck deflected off Taylor and past goaltender Maxime Clermont to draw the Gladiators even at 12:12.
The Gladiators survived a penalty kill in the overtime period, leading to a shootout. All four Gladiators found the back of the net.
Gwinnett goaltender Ryan Zapolski surrendered three goals on the first twelve shots he faced before turning aside the next 25 Wings shots.
The Gladiators bounced back in a big way in the second. Rookie forward Shawn Szydlowski scored the first goal of his professional career just 46 seconds in to cut the deficit to two. Tyler Murovich found Szydlowski on the far side on a two-on-one, and the Sabres prospect slid a shot past a sprawling Clermont.
Murovich then brought the Gladiators within one as he hammered home a rebound in the low slot off a Szydlowski scoring chance.