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Christine Troyke

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Haddad leads Gladiators to thrilling win over Stingrays

When it's a full house, when it's against South Carolina, the Gwinnett Gladiators have not disappointed.

Three Duluth youth hockey teams headed to nationals

Three teams from the Duluth IceForum are headed to their national championship tournaments, including the AAA Thunder U16 team coached by former Gwinnett Gladiators captain Paul Flache.. Also qualifying were the AA Phoenix U16 team and the Phoenix Bantam Major U14 team.

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Donald's late goal helps rally Gladiators past Cincinnati

The Gwinnett Gladiators played catch-up for most of the game Wednesday, but their first lead was the only one they needed.

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Ozubko flouts convention to play with Gladiators

Greg Ozubko, 49, has been a regular fixture for the Gladiators for the last two years.

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Peachtree Ridge wins state hockey championship in dramatic fashion

In front of a rowdy standing-room only crowd, Kyle Jassmann and the Peachtree Ridge hockey team weren't going to be denied.

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Gladiators clinch playoff berth with sweep of Orlando

Captain Andy Brandt's game-winning goal, his second tally of the game, propelled the Gwinnett Gladiators to a 3-2 win over Orlando and into the playoffs Sunday.

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Gladiators in control in second straight win over Orlando

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators got off to a good start and controlled the rest of the game to beat Orlando 3-1 on Friday, the second win in as many nights over the Solar Bears.. The division-leading Gladiators play Orlando, the South's basement dwellers, again at home at 4:05

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Gladiators rally in third to dispatch Solar Bears

Playing at home for the first time in a month, the Gwinnett Gladiators treated a sparse but faithful crowd to a 5-4 comeback win over Orlando on Thursday night.

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BOYS DIVER OF THE YEAR: Torch passed to Warren at Parkview

The county meet didn't go particularly well for Parkview's Ben Warren.. The junior diver got off to a bad start.. "I kept telling myself, there are 11 dives for a reason, so I can come back," Warren said. "I knew I still had a chance, I just had to

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Norcross grad Clarke, Vandy topple Mizzou

DULUTH -- Despite horrific first-half shooting and a tough start for their star player, Vanderbilt regrouped to power past Missouri 53-40 at the women's SEC Tournament on Thursday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.. Former Norcross standout and first-team All-SEC selection Tiffany Clarke finished with a double

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Grizzlies to debut at new baseball complex Saturday

Georgia Gwinnett College's baseball team is finally getting to play at home Saturday.. The Grizzlies play Rochester College from Michigan in a doubleheader that starts at 4 p.m. on the team's newly completed, state-of-the-art complex in Lawrenceville.. When wet weather this winter delayed construction, GGC opted to

Out-of-state powers drawn to Gwinnett for lacrosse tourney

A couple of lacrosse powers are crossing the border to play in Collins Hill's Peach Fest Invitational, which starts Friday

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Flache-coached U16 Duluth team in hunt for national championship

The rumbles started this summer. Just from the epicenter.. A few people knew how good this U16 AAA Thunder hockey team out of the IceForum in Duluth could be.. Paul Flache knew it. The head coach, himself just a few months removed from a 10-year pro playing career, knew

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Second lieutenant able to play for Gladiators

Alvarez, in Ranger School at Fort Benning, enjoys first weekend playing hockey in Gwinnett

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Gladiators drop second straight to Everblades

Rob Madore made 39 saves and the Florida Everblades swept a set of two games in Gwinnett with a 3-1 win on Sunday.

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Gladiators don't get bounces in loss to Florida

DULUTH -- Playing with a journeyman goaltender between the pipes, the Gwinnett Gladiators dropped a tough 4-3 decision to Florida on Saturday in front of 7,628 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.. Nick Niedert was brought in hours before the game after Gwinnett lost a second goalie to AHL call

Gladiators construct third-period rally to beat Nailers

DULUTH -- Anemic on a multitude of power-play chances in the first two periods, the Gwinnett Gladiators stepped up on special teams to wrest the lead from Wheeling and walk away with a 6-5 victory on Friday.

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Gladiators survive late flurry from IceMen to win fourth straight

Things got interesting at the very end, but the Gwinnett Gladiators held on for a 6-5 win over Evansville on Saturday.

GGC softball team prepared for whatever gets thrown its way

Being in a county rich with softball tradition was a blessing and a curse for Kat Ihlenburg as she built the first team at Georgia Gwinnett College.. Yes, there's a deep pool of talent locally. But some players just don't want to be that close to home for college.. "The

Grizzlies ready to hit the road

Georgia Gwinnett College head coach Brad Stromdahl found the positive in being temporarily homeless.. Because of heavy rains this winter, the baseball field wasn't completed in time for the start of the program's inaugural season this weekend. It is expected to be finished by the beginning of March, but for

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Gladiators gelling after weeks of roster changes

It's taken some time, and one game isn't a definitive statement, but the Gwinnett Gladiators seem to be establishing some chemistry after a series of roster changes.

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Gladiators bounce back with shutout of S.C.

Blanked a night before, the Gwinnett Gladiators solved South Carolina goalie Ryan Zapolski on Saturday.. And Gwinnett goalie Louis Domingue returned the favor, stonewalling the Stingrays for his second shutout of the season.

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Zapolski shuts out Gladiators for third time

DULUTH -- Ryan Zapolski posted his league-leading fourth shutout of the season Friday night.. Three of those have been against his former team, the Gwinnett Gladiators. Two on the Gladiators' ice.. Zapolski led South Carolina to a 2-0 victory with 27 saves in the first of back-to-back

Construction on GGC softball, baseball fields delayed

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Because of all the rain in recent weeks, Georgia Gwinnett College's new baseball and softball fields won't be completed by the time the seasons start next week.. The school, which is playing both sports for the first time, is looking at early March to have games played on

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Gladiators battle back, but fall in OT to Idaho

Gwinnett scored twice on the power play and once short-handed in a back-and-forth battle against a West Coast visitor.

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Last-minute power-play goal lifts Gladiators

When they needed it the most, the Gwinnett Gladiators' power play converted.

Defensive mistakes doom Gladiators in 4-3 loss to Orlando

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett defense had three giveaways within 15 feet of its net.. Orlando scored on them all.. By the third time, goalie Louis Domingue couldn't contain his emotions.. The Solar Bears broke open a tie game with three goals in the second period and beat the Gladiators 4-3

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Hebron teams lean heavily on Skidgels

Tyler and Amber Skidgel are each the leading scorers for their Hebron basketball teams. At home, there can be only one winner.

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Quick-strike Warriors roll past Gladiators

Greenville scored 12 seconds into the game and things didn't improve for the Gwinnett Gladiators. A vociferous holiday matinee crowd of 6,571 had little to cheer about on Monday.

Gladiators continue to see roster movement

The Gwinnett Gladiators traded three players to San Francisco, signed Brian Elser from the SPHL, had Corey Fienhage called up to AHL Rochester and got Jason Clark back from injury all before their game Tuesday night in South Carolina.

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Gladiators fall in ninth round of shootout after late rally

Kalamazoo prevailed in the ninth round of the shootout to win 4-3, but Gwinnett still picked up a point despite giving up leads of 1-0 and 2-1 on Sunday.

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Belzile's two goals give Gladiators boost in 4-2 win

DULUTH -- Rookie Alex Belzile continued to impress with two goals and the Gwinnett Gladiators beat Kalamazoo 4-2 on Saturday.. Playing with a revamped lineup after a handful of callups, the Gladiators also had defenseman Cody Carlson step up with a goal and an assist in the second period which

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Gladiators retool roster in wake of NHL lockout end

The Gwinnett Gladiators were able to activate forwards Joey Haddad and John Scrymgeour from injured reserve just in time.

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Sinkewich scores dramatic overtime winner for Gladiators

The already short-handed Gwinnett Gladiators lost one of their most effective weapons in the first period and still persevered.

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Sinkewich buries winning goal for Gladiators

Defenseman Russ Sinkewich gave the Gwinnett Gladiators a 3-2 victory over South Carolina.

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Construction on pace for GGC's new athletic facilities

While foundations were being laid, while dugouts were being constructed, while playing surfaces were being leveled in Lawrenceville, the grass was growing a couple of hundred miles away.

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Stingrays make Gladiators pay in 4-0 shutout

One of the biggest crowds of the year saw one of the Gwinnett Gladiators' worst games.

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Gladiators surge past Stingrays in third period

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators exploded for a pair of goals 23 seconds apart in the middle of the third period and held on for a 5-3 victory over South Carolina on Thursday.

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Hard-working Stevens does it all for Wesleyan

At the end of her first season playing basketball, second-grade Brittany Stevens' coach asked who on the team hadn't scored.

Providence's Carter Martin Classic has had major impact on cancer research

What started as a step in the healing process is now on its way to contributing $1 million for research into childhood cancer.. Over the last eight years, the Carter Martin Classic at Providence Christian has raised more than $710,000 for the innovative therapy research endowment named for the inspiring

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Jakaitis signed by Gladiators' division rival

Former Gwinnett Gladiator and last year's ECHL goalie of the year, Jeff Jakaitis, signed with the South Carolina Stingrays.

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Tenacious Tigers hang on for big region win over Berkmar

Archer gutted out a nip-and-tuck 67-61 overtime victory against two-time defending region champ Berkmar on Tuesday.

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Murovich scores two in Gladiators win over Trenton

The Gladiators held on through a contentious game with Trenton on Sunday to seal their third win in as many days and remain atop the Eastern Conference standings.

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Gladiators beat division rival for second straight night

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators took leads early in all three periods and made the third time a charm.

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Gladiators' late surge falls short against Komets

The Gladiators had a three-game winning streak end with a 4-3 loss to the Komets on Wednesday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

Broncos ride Gardner, Kurien to region win

Brookwood and Central battle in a tight Region 8-AAAAAA opener; Broncos get double-digit win in the boys matchup

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Conference-leading Gladiators keep winning close

Gwinnett on an amazing run of nine one-goal games entering this week's home games with Fort Wayne

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Gladiators beat Orlando 1-0 on Brookwell goal

The Gwinnett Gladiators are good in one-goal games. They've played in eight straight and won seven of those, including a 1-0 victory over Orlando before a holiday crowd of 4,028 on Thursday evening at the Arena at Gwinnett Center.

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Wesleyan draws No. 1 Calhoun in first round

Wesleyan is working its way up to the top. The Wolves finished their regular season with a pair of top-10 teams in GAC and Lovett before enjoying their bye week.

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Gladiators explode past Orlando in third for 4-1 win

DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators broke open a tight, tie game early in the third period and beat Orlando 4-1 on Thursday to take over sole possession of first place in the South Division.. Young Phoenix prospect Evan Bloodoff and Chris Clackson scored 3:31 apart and Doug Jones put the