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Domingue returns as part of busy day for Gladiators

DULUTH — The Gwinnett Gladiators announced several roster moves on Thursday, including the reassignment of goaltender Louis Domingue from AHL Portland.

Another goaltender under contract with NHL affiliate Phoenix, Chris Rawlings, was assigned from Gwinnett to the Arizona Sundogs of the Central Hockey League.

Forward Elgin Pearce was claimed off of waivers from the Greenville Road Warriors and forward C.J. Lee was released. The Gladiators also placed veteran playmaking forward Dirk Southern on the 21-day injured reserve.

Pearce, 21, played the first nine games of his rookie season with the Road Warriors, picking up two goals and two assists. The forward from Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, spent the previous four years in the Western Hockey League with the Kootenay Ice and the Medicine Hat Tigers. Last season was Pearce’s breakout year as he posted career highs with 29 goals and 45 assists with the Tigers.

Domingue, 21, returns to Gwinnett after playing in three games with Portland, compiling a 1-0 record, a 2.40 goals against average and a .934 save percentage. The Mont-St-Hilaire, Quebec, native began the season with the Gladiators, playing in three of the team’s first four games before being called up to Portland. Domingue currently has an 0-2 record, a 3.01 GAA, and a .887 save percentage at the ECHL this season.

Rawlings started six of the Gladiators 15 games this season. The former Northeastern Husky has a 1-5 record, along with a 3.68 GAA and a .879 save percentage.

Lee had two assists in his first nine professional games while with Gwinnett. The 24-year-old Staten Island, N.Y., native spent his previous four seasons with the Engineers of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he served as team captain in 2012-13.