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Gladiators' rally falls short in Florida

ESTERO, Fla. -- Sacha Guimond found the back of the net late in the third, but the Gwinnett Gladiators fell one goal short of a comeback Saturday night in Florida, dropping a 3-2 decision to the Everblades at Germain Arena.

Gwinnett (35-24-2-1) remains in first place in the South Division, three points up on the Greenville Road Warriors.

The Gladiators mounted a late rally as a Guimond point shot beat Florida goalie Pat Nagle on the power play with 45 seconds left. Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Justin Bowers assisted, but that was as close as Gwinnett got.

Nagle made a left pad save in the closing seconds on a point-blank deflection by Andy Brandt and the Gladiators wrapped up their regular season series with the Everblades (27-20-4-6) with a 3-5 record.

Florida captain Mathieu Roy scored the only goal of the first period at 10:27, but the Gladiators bounced back to tie in the second.

Guimond ripped a shot from the near point that Nick Walsh deflected over Nagle 2:05 into the middle period to tie the game at one.

But the Everblades cashed in with their 12th short-handed goal of the season late in the period. Aaron Bogosian scored on a 2-on-1 break off a nice feed from Mike Merrifield.

Corey Trivino scored what proved to be the game-winner just 2:16 into the third after a flurry of Florida chances.

The Gladiators are next in action on Wednesday in Utah, as they face the Grizzlies at 9:05 p.m.