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Gladiators cling to division lead after loss

Greenville, S.C. -- Brett Robinson scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and the Greenville Road Warriors knocked off the Gwinnett Gladiators 4-2 on Thursday night at the BI-LO Center.

Gwinnett (17-10-6-3) still holds a one-point lead in the South Division over Greenville (20-13-1-1) and Florida.

The Road Warriors took advantage of the power play in the first. Marc-Olivier Vallerand's 19th goal of the season was scored on a blast from just inside the blueline at 11:31 and Max Campbell gave the Warriors a 2-0 lead at 19:12 immediately after a Gwinnett penalty expired.

The Gladiators answered in the second period.

Alpharetta native Brad Miller took a feed from Colin Vock and rifled a wrister high glove side past Greenville goalie Bryan Hince at 3:12. Bryan Brutlag had the other assist on Miller's fifth of the season.

Pat Galivan extended his goal-scoring streak to three games, redirecting a Will Colbert shot by Hince to tie the game at 9:27. Nikita Kashirsky also got his team-leading 18th assist as the score stayed even at 2 through two periods.

In the third, Gwinnett goalie Jeff Jakaitis was called for a high-sticking penalty trying to make a blocker save in front and Greenville again capitalized on the man advantage. Robinson scored his fifth goal in his last six games at 7:34 to give Greenville a 3-2 lead.

Jeremy Gouchie tacked on an empty-netter late for a 4-2 final.

Greenville outshot the Gladiators 35-24, and went 2-for-8 on the power play while holding Gwinnett scoreless on three chances.

They meet again at 7:35 p.m. tonight at the BI-LO Center before this four-game set continues at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. Saturday is the Gladiators' annual Teddy Bear Toss night where all donated toys will be thrown onto the ice after Gwinnett's first goal and then distributed to area kids in need. The home-and-home series concludes with a special Martin Luther King, Jr. Day matinee at 12:30 p.m. Monday.