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IceMen put Gladiators away in third period

Gwinnett Gladiators Brenden Walker (19) battles Sawyer Hannay (7) for position in the first period of Sunday's game at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. (Photo: Amanda Hertel)

Gwinnett Gladiators Brenden Walker (19) battles Sawyer Hannay (7) for position in the first period of Sunday's game at the Arena at Gwinnett Center. (Photo: Amanda Hertel)

DULUTH — Evansville scored a pair goals less than two minutes apart in the third period and put away the Gwinnett Gladiators 3-1 on Sunday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

The IceMen, under the guidance of Gladiators former head coach Jeff Pyle, came back from a 1-0 deficit after Mike Embach scored first for Gwinnett.

Sprung by Joey Haddad on a breakaway, Embach stayed a step ahead of the defenseman draped on his back as he streamed toward Evansville goalie Mike Clemente. Embach’s quick wrister beat Clemente just inside the post on his stick side at 4:03 of the first period.

The IceMen tied it at 14:44 of the second period on a rifle shot from Jeremy Langois that clipped the iron on its way in.

The Gladiators (6-13-0-1) managed just four shots on goal in the second after getting 14 in the first.

Evansville (10-4-0-3) closed the door on Gwinnett early in the third. Andre Bouvet-Morrissette lit the lamp at 3:40 and former Gladiator Tom Zanoski made it 3-1 at 5:22.