The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL are having a special day game against the South Carolina Stingrays on Feb. 7 at the Infinite Energy Arena. The game time is at 10:35 a.m. and Georgia students and teachers are encouraged to attend. The early weekday start enhances the Gladiators relationship with their young fan base.
This is a great time to see the Gladiators as they are playing their best hockey of the season. The team has a five-game winning streak with their last two wins coming by narrow 2-1 victories. On Jan. 19, the Gladiators beat the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 2-1 and on Jan. 21, the Gladiators beat the Jacksonville Icemen 2-1. In the Gladiators win over the Swamp Rabbits, Jake Flegel scored the game-winning goal at 13:22 of the second period and Sean Bonar made 32 saves on 33 shot attempts. In the Gladiators win over the Icemen, Nick Bligh scored in the shootout and Bonar made 18 saves on 19 shot attempts.
The Gladiators have a record of 13 wins, 19 regulation losses, five overtime losses and one shootout loss for 32 points. The Stingrays have a record of 22 wins, 17 regulation losses and two overtime losses for 46 points. Atlanta's leading scorer is Derek Nesbitt, who has 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points. South Carolina's leading scorer is Andrew Cherniwchan, who has 17 goals and 26 assists for 43 points.
In Gladiators news, Bonar has been named the ECHL goaltender of the week from Jan. 14-20. In two games, Bonar was spectacular as he had a record of two wins, one shutout, a goals against average of 0.50 and a save percentage of .964. He made 62 saves in 63 attempts.
In Gladiators transaction news, two players have joined Atlanta from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. They are defensemen Brian Cooper and Filip Pyrochta. Cooper, who was the Anaheim Ducks' fifth-round draft pick, 127th overall, in the 2012 National Hockey League Entry Draft, has four assists in 19 games this season with the Admirals. Pyrochta has three assists in 24 games with the Admirals. Meanwhile, defenseman Ben Danford has been promoted to the Admirals. In 24 games with the Gladiators, Danford has one goal and nine assists for 10 points.
Get your tickets to see the Atlanta Gladiators and the South Carolina Stingrays on Feb. 7 at the Infinite Energy Arena today!