Gladiators blanked on New Year's Eve

EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Garrett Bartus pitched a 42-save shutout, as the Evansville IceMen topped the Gwinnett Gladiators on a New year’s Eve Tuesday, 6-0 at the Ford Center.

Evansville jumped all over the Gladiators in the opening period. It took just 2:22 for Peter Sakaris to put the IceMen on the board, and Josh Beaulieu (12:33) and former Gladiator Matt Krug (19:37) followed up with power play goals to put Gwinnett down 3-0 through one period.

Despite outshooting the IceMen 17-9 in the middle period Gwinnett couldn’t gain any ground, and Tristan King potted the lone goal of the stanza just 1:39 in for a 4-0 Evansville lead through 40 minutes.

The IceMen weren’t finished, as Sakaris scored his second goal of the game 1:55 into the third, and Daulton Leveille capped the scoring at 12:09.

Brad Phillips took the loss for the Gladiators, surrendering all six goals on 29 shots.