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Christine Troyke

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Gladiators can't keep pace with powerful 'Rays

The Gwinnett Gladiators managed just 22 shots on goal against one of the best goalies in the league and, perhaps not surprisingly, lost 4-2 to South Carolina on Friday in Duluth.

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Getting to Know … Louis Domingue

Louis Domingue has been one of the ECHL’s best goalies this season, his second with the Gwinnett Gladiators after turning pro last year. Domingue, a Phoenix Coyotes prospect, was called up to AHL Portland last week after posting a .939 save percentage and 2.01 goals-against average in seven games for Gwinnett. In this installment of “Getting to Know …,” Domingue talks with staff writer Christine Troyke about a variety of topics, including his cooking talents, starting out as a forward and being drafted by Phoenix in 2010.

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Gladiators' Spivak in business of getting others healthy

Defenseman started juicing company with family

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Turnover crucial in Gladiators' loss to Orlando

Coming off a big win over league-leading South Carolina, the Gwinnett Gladiators didn’t not have the same concerted effort against Orlando.

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Gladiators beat league-leaders with emergency backup in goal

Gwinnett Gladiators starting goaltender Peter Delmas went down with a leg injury three minutes and 30 seconds into the second period against league-leading South Carolina.

Gladiators battle each other in preparation for opposition

The battles were in close quarters and not without some saltiness. The schedule allowed for the Gwinnett Gladiators to spend most of a practice day working one-on-one.

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Domingue serves up shutout as Gladiators defeat Evansville

Gwinnett Gladiators goalie Louis Domingue played the last 30 seconds of the game with a player’s stick and put the finishing touches on a sparkling shutout win Thursday.

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Pyle-led IceMen go against Gladiators for three-game set

Last season, Jeff Pyle enjoyed his Thanksgiving off. Despite no longer coaching for the Gwinnett Gladiators, who annually request a home game on the holiday, he’s back at work for it this year.

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Greenville surges past Gladiators with three-goal 2nd

The Gwinnett Gladiators negated power plays with penalties four times and were shutout for the second time in just over a week Saturday.

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Getting to Know … Evan Bloodoff

Evan Bloodoff signed as a free agent with the Gwinnett Gladiators after three seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes organization. Bloodoff was assigned to the Gladiators by Phoenix last season and was among the team’s most prolific point-getters. The 22-year-old Canadian also led the team in playoff goals and was second in points. Bloodoff began his pro career in 2011-12, playing 48 games for Portland in the AHL. He was picked by the Coyotes in the sixth round of the 2009 draft in the midst of a successful major junior career in Kelowna. In this installment of “Getting to Know …,” Bloodoff talks to staff writer Christine Troyke about a variety of topics, including Movember, being on the same junior team with his older brother and loving living in Georgia.

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Grizzlies get rematch in NAIA tournament opener

It’s a rematch, but it’s a rematch after months have elapsed and neither team is the same as it was at the end of August.

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No. 4 GAC heads to No. 5 Calhoun for second-round showdown

No. 4 GAC heads to No. 5 Calhoun for major showdown

No hyperbole is necessary this week. No need to try to talk around the fact that this week’s opponent just isn’t up to the task. Greater Atlanta Christian and Calhoun go head-to-head in what is most likely the most compelling second-round playoff game anywhere in the state.

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Resilient Gladiators earn big win over Everblades

Brenden Walker charged into the crease and jammed the uncovered puck home, breaking up a tie game and sending the Gwinnett Gladiators to a huge 5-4 victory over the Everblades on Thursday.

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GAC renews old matchup with Rabun County

An uncharacteristic number of turnovers cost Greater Atlanta Christian a region championship last week. Rabun County may pay the price for being the next team on the Spartans’ schedule.

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Wesleyan makes most of rest, time to prepare

Franklin Pridgen and the Wesleyan coaching staff had a rare chance for some advance scouting of their first-round playoff opponent.

Young Gladiators being graded on tough curve

It’s a rare day when the Gwinnett Gladiators get booed in their own arena. But the team has also rarely had such a tough start to the season.

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GAC focused on rival Wesleyan, not beyond

Unbeaten, ranked among the best in the state and with a lot of incentive to win the region title, Greater Atlanta Christian still isn’t looking beyond its rival Wesleyan.

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Gladiators prevail in shootout for first win of season

The Gwinnett Gladiators set a record for the fastest two goals in franchise history and, though it took a shootout, picked up their first win of the season Wednesday.

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Roster undergoes changes as Gladiators seek first win

The Gwinnett Gladiators are off to the worst start in franchise history after losing their first four games. History also shows that October isn’t when championships are won.

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Getting to Know … Jonathan Narbonne

Gwinnett Gladiators defenseman Jonathan Narbonne, a rookie out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, scored his first pro goal in the season opener last Friday. It was a good start for the decorated junior player who was named the QMJHL’s best defensive defenseman last year.

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Gwinnett Gladiators falter down stretch in season opener

A short-handed goal from Andrew Rowe halfway through the third period spoiled the Gwinnett Gladiators’ season opener Friday night.

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Gladiators geared up for opening weekend

Opening night is a tricky balancing act between being excited and letting emotion run wild. The Gwinnett Gladiators have a young roster and face division rival Greenville with no love loss after a salty exhibition game less than a week ago.

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Stretch run a gauntlet for Wesleyan Wolves

Wesleyan’s victory over Hapeville Charter in its region opener ensured a playoff berth and certainly the team has enjoyed the moment. It was also the second straight win after what was a tough start to the season.

Southern, Gladiators beat Greenville soundly in exhibition

Dirk Southern set up three goals, rookie Josh Currie lit the lamp twice and the Gwinnett Gladiators beat Greenville 4-1 in their only home exhibition game Sunday at the cozy IceForum in Duluth.

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Gladiators fast and fresh-faced for 2013-14

Gwinnett Gladiators season preview.

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Getting to Know ... Dirk Southern

Dirk Southern racked up 19 goals and 39 assists in 74 games playing for the Gwinnett Gladiators from 2007-09 seasons. Drafted in 2003 by Anaheim, Southern played professionally the past three years in Denmark and Italy.

Belzile among additions to Gladiators’ training camp

A slew of moves came on the fourth day of training camp Tuesday, including the addition of returning forward Alex Belzile who was in AHL Hamilton.

Domingue, Walker assigned to Gladiators

On the eve of training camp, the Gwinnett Gladiators were assigned two more players from their NHL affiliate in Phoenix.

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Unbeaten Spartans refreshed, ready to get rolling again

The undefeated Spartans have rolled through the first half of the season, outscoring their opponents 190-46 and have Howard coming to town for yet another nonregion matchup.

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Jefferson County at Wesleyan preview

A breakdown of Friday’s Wesleyan-Jefferson County game

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Wesleyan softball program blooms under Dixon's tutelage

Wesleyan has been state runner-up for two years running and is aiming at the final measure of greatness — a championship. It’s a far cry from what Nichole Dixon was handed eight years ago.

Gladiators add some experience, youth

Gwinnett have signed defenseman Stefan Schneider and forward Philippe Halley.

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Getting to Know; Roland Yancy

Roland Yancy is the new girls soccer coach at Berkmar, coming to the school after eight years with DeKalb County, most recently at Miller Grove. A native of Marietta, Yancy is married to a teacher and has two daughters under the age of 5. In this installment of “Getting to Know …,” Yancy talks with staff writer Christine Troyke about a variety of topics, including his early interest of being an FBI agent, getting into teaching and coaching instead and wanting to tour the country in an RV with his family.

Gladiators' roster gets infusion of firepower

The Gwinnett Gladiators added some offensive punch to their roster, signing rookie defenseman Martin Lefebvre and former Florida Everblades forward Alex Hutchings.

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Getting to Know Kevin Kadzis

Kevin Kadzis is the swimming and diving coach at Wesleyan and won a boys state championship in 2012, his first season with the program. He also coaches the water polo team and teaches at the Norcross private school.

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GGC men open fall tennis season with major tournament in Athens

Georgia Gwinnett College’s tennis team, in just it’s second season, was invited to participate in the oldest fall tournament with some of the nation’s elite programs.

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Johnson shines for Wesleyan, on and off the field

Stuart Johnson stands out. The Wesleyan lineman is hard to miss at 6-foot-4 and 270 pounds. But it’s so much more than a physical distinction. Johnson really stands out because of his intelligence and personality.

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Brandt hired as Gladiators assistant coach

Andy Brandt, who has been with the organization for the vast majority of his professional career, has retired. But he’s not leaving.

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Dartmouth commit Ethridge leads by example for Rams

Dartmouth commit Ethridge leads by example for Rams

Ethridge is a four-year starter for Grayson’s softball team as a pitcher and first baseman. She’s one of the Rams’ best hitters and a natural leader.

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Power forward Haddad re-signs with Gladiators

The Gwinnett Gladiators re-signed one of their most effective offensive weapons today, getting Joey Haddad back for the 2013-14 season.

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Pecoras aiming to help bring special needs hockey program to Atlanta

Nicholas Pecora, a third-grader at Level Creek Elementary, is hearing impaired and the benefits from playing hockey have far outweighed the challenges.

Garcia, Uggla struggle in Gwinnett debuts

Freddy Garcia got knocked around by his former teammates in his first start for the Gwinnett Braves, while Dan Uggla was 0-for-3 in a rehab assignment

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Getting to Know ... Sharolta Nonen

Former All-American Sharolta Nonen, a star member of the 1999 and 2003 Canadian World Cup teams, is the women’s soccer assistant at Georgia Gwinnett College.

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Gladiators sign forwards Southern, Lee

Gwinnett also signs RPI forward Lee

After three seasons playing in Europe, Dirk Southern is coming back to the Gwinnett Gladiators.

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GGC women to be tested early, often in second season

Five top 35 teams in the first seven games is one way to find out just how ready the Georgia Gwinnett College women are for their first season as a playoff-eligible program.

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Bigger, faster Grizzlies gear up for tougher second season

GGC, which went 14-2-2 last season, has 13 returning and 13 new players.

Moore back home for rare game in Atlanta

Despite being the opposition, Maya Moore got a noticeable cheer as she was introduced at Philips Arena on Tuesday.

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Gladiators get big boost with signing of Bloodoff

The Gwinnett Gladiators don’t have many players officially rostered for the 2013-14 season, but they got a big addition today.

Duluth's Phoenix U14 team geting national title rings

For one more afternoon, the Atlanta Phoenix U14 bantam major team gets to savor its national championship together.

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Falcons suffer injuries on cusp on preseason opener

Throughout the offseason, in OTAs and many times during training camp, Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith emphasized the need for the team to stay healthy.