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Atlanta Gladiators open ECHL home schedule Friday against Everblades

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Tyler Murovich (pictured in action last season) scored the first goal of the new season for Atlanta, his 29th as a Gladiator. Image courtesy Atlanta Gladiators/Dale Zanine.  

The Atlanta Gladiators opened their 13th season with a pair of road losses against the Florida Everblades in Estero at Germain Arena in a Friday/Saturday opening ECHL weekend. Atlanta lost the Friday game 4-3 in overtime and then dropped the Saturday contest by a 6-1 count.

The season opener went to overtime with Atlanta and Florida tied 3-3 before the Gladiators lost their first regular season 3-on-3 OT period when former Atlanta standout Evan Bloodoff found the back of the net for the game winning goal. The Gladiators had come back from a first period three goal deficit with a goal late in the opening period and two more in the third period to force the extra ice time.

Tyler Murovich scored his 29th goal as a Gladiator in the loss while Brock Higgs scored both third period goals, both on the powerplay. Drew Baker, Justin Buzzeo and Thomas Frazee (2) had assists while Gary Nunn and Derek Nesbitt had secondary helpers.

Kent Patterson started between the pipes for Atlanta and had 27 saves on 31 shots in the loss.

Saturday’s contest again saw Florida jump to a 3-1 opening period advantage, but this time Atlanta could not mount a comeback while the Everblades doubled their lead in the second 20 minutes of action on the way to the 6-1 victory.

Max Everson scored the only goal of the night for the Glads, his first as a professional, with assists from Nunn and Frazee in the loss.

Patterson started in goal before being lifted for recently signed Andy Iles after allowing five goals on 22 shots in 25:42 minutes. Iles had 14 saves on 15 shots in his 34:18 minutes of playing time.

Week 1 Recap  

The first weekend of action saw Atlanta go winless, but the Gladiators did pick up a point as a result of the OT loss in the opener. Frazee led the Glads in points with 3 (A) followed by Higgs (G) and Nunn (A) with 2 each while Murovich (G), Baker (A), Buzzeo (A) and Nesbitt (A) each contributed one.

Patterson was the starting goalie for both games and had 44 saves on 53 shots, a 0.830 save percentage, on the way to posting a 0-1-1 mark for the season opening weekend. Iles did not factor into a decision but had a solid outing after coming on for Patterson in Saturday’s game against his former teammates. The 23-year old was 15-6-1 with 2 shutouts and a 0.896 SV% for Florida last season.

The same teams will meet this weekend when Florida visits the Arena at Infinite Energy Center in Duluth to face Atlanta in the Glads 13th home-opener.

The Gladiators play home games at the 11,355-seat Arena at Infinite Energy Center (formerly the Gwinnett Center) which is located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth. Parking is always free.

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Mike Delrio

After six seasons covering pro sports as a credentialed writer/photogrpaher in the Atlanta area, Mike began covering Gwinnett County High School sports in 2013 which led to the launch of GSR is a site that highlights prep and youth sports in Gwinnett County. While baseball. basketball, and football receive the majority of the attention, GSR will include updates and news on a variety of sports across the county.

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