The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL are having Wild Wednesday on Jan. 30 when they host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at the Infinite Energy Arena. In this special promotion, fans can purchase a ticket at a regular price, and if the Gladiators beat the Swamp Rabbits, they will get in for free to watch the Gladiators battle the Newfoundland Growlers on Feb. 13.
The Gladiators have won 10 games this season, and have won two straight games. Following their 3-2 win over the South Carolina Stingrays on Jan. 11, the Gladiators beat the Jacksonville Icemen 6-3 in a historic night at the Infinite Energy Arena on Jan. 12. Nick Bligh tied the Gladiators record for most goals in a game with four and Derek Nesbitt set the Gladiators record for most games played all-time with 358.
All four of Bligh's goals came in the first period. He scored at 1:24 from Joseph Widmar and Nesbitt to put the Gladiators up 1-0, shorthanded at 6:09 from Nolan LaPorte and Kyle Chatham to put the Gladiators up 2-0, at 14:08 of the first period from Joel Messner and Nesbitt to put the Gladiators up 3-1 and at 18:04 of the first period from Widmar to put the Gladiators up 5-1.
Nesbitt also had four points in the Gladiators win over the Icemen, as he had two goals and two assists. Other players with multi-point games were Widmar (three assists) and Chatham (two assists).
The Gladiators leading scorer at the moment is Nesbitt, who has 28 points (10 goals and 18 assists). The leading scorer for the Swamp Rabbits is Michael Pelech, who has 12 goals and 26 assists for 38 points. Pelech also has an aggressive side to his game as he has 99 penalty minutes. The Swamp Rabbits have a record of 14 wins, 22 regulation losses, three overtime losses and two shootout losses for 33 points. The Gladiators have 10 wins, 19 regulation losses, five overtime losses and one shootout loss for 26 points.
In Gladiators transaction news, forward Matt Lane has returned to the Gladiators from the Milwaukee Admirals of the American Hockey League. In eight games for Atlanta this season, Lane has two goals and five assists for seven points.
Get your tickets today to see the Atlanta Gladiators and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Jan. 30 at the Infinite Energy Arena!