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Gladiators earn first regulation win

GREENVILLE, S.C. — Rookie defenseman Devon Krogh netted the deciding goal early in the third period Friday and the Gwinnett Gladiators knocked off Greenville 3-1 for their first regulation win of the season.

Gwinnett (2-7) came into the night with an 0-3 record and was 0-for-22 power-play mark on road, but snapped both of those slumps with one big period.

With the game tied 1-1 through 40 minutes, Krogh scored what proved to be the game-winner 2:58 into the third on the power play. A Sacha Guimond shot ricocheted off Road Warriors goalie Connor Knapp to Krogh at the far circle. The Ohio State grad rifled the puck past a sprawling Knapp and the Gladiators didn’t look back.

Goaltender Peter Delmas and the Gwinnett defense clamped down on Greenville (3-6), and at 18:58 Evan Bloodoff buried an empty-netter from Max Legault to seal the win. Delmas stopped 30 of 31 shots in his second start with the Gladiators, while Knapp made 34 saves in a losing effort.

The teams complete a home-and-home series tonight at 7:05 p.m. at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Kurtis Bartliff’s third goal of the season put the Gladiators ahead just 5:36 into the game. The forward raced into the Warriors’ zone and snapped a shot from the slot past the blocker of Knapp for an unassisted tally.

Greenville drew even, however, at 8:52 with an unassisted goal from Brandon Hynes to tie the game through one period.