2018-19 Atlanta Gladiators special event: Canned food drive taking place Nov. 23
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The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL are having a canned food drive at the Infinite Energy Arena on Nov. 23 when they host the South Carolina Stingrays. in celebrating Black Friday, fans are encouraged to bring a nonperishable food item to assist the less fortunate. 

After 10 regular season games, the Gladiators are at the .500 mark. They have a record of four wins, four regulation losses and two losses in extra time for 10 points. The Stingrays are also at the .500 mark as they have six wins and six losses for 12 points. The Gladiators leading scorer is Brett McKenzie, who has three goals and six assists for nine points and the Stingrays leading scorer is Grant Besse, who has nine goals and nine assists for 18 points in only 12 games.

Besse is currently tied for third in the ECHL in scoring with David Pacan of the Brampton Beast, James Henry of the Adirondack Thunder, Caleb Herbert of the Utah Grizzlies, Giorgio Estephan of the Newfoundland Growlers and Justin Hodgman of the Fort Wayne Komets. Brady Ferguson leads the ECHL in scoring with 20 points and Shane Berschbach of the Toledo Walleye is second with 19 points. 

The Gladiators are coming off an impressive 5-3 road win over the Norfolk Admirals at the Scope Arena in Virginia on Saturday. Four players had multi-point games for Atlanta. McKenzie had one goal and two assists for three points. Derek Nesbitt and Oliver Galipeau each had one goal and one assist for two points and Jack Stander had two assists. It was a memorable game for Gladiators head coach Jeff Pyle, who moved into third place all-time in the ECHL in coaching wins with 481.  

In Gladiators news, Atlanta and South Carolina made a trade on Sunday. The Gladiators acquired Garret Ross from the Stingrays for Shane Eiserman and future considerations. Ross was drafted in the fifth round, 139th overall, by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft. A left winger, Ross had two assists in eight games with the Fort Wayne Komets this season. Prior to this season, Ross had played four seasons with the Saginaw Spirit of the Ontario Hockey League and six seasons in the American Hockey League (four seasons with the Rockford IceHogs and one season each with the Tucson Roadrunners and Rochester Americans). Eiserman had one goal and two assists for three points in four games with the Gladiators and one goal and two assists for three points in two games with the Adirondack Thunder. 

Get your Tickets to see the Atlanta Gladiators and the South Carolina Stingrays on Nov. 23 at the Infinite Energy Arena today!