The Atlanta Gladiators will have a special "Hockey in Heels" night on March 1 when they host the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at the Infinite Energy Arena. In an evening where the focus will be on the female Gladiators fans, there will be boutique style vendors throughout the lobby of the arena. There will also be interesting prizes and giveaways.
Also on Feb. 28, the Gladiators will have a special session for women so they can learn more about the sport of hockey from the Gladiators coaches and players.
Meanwhile this is an absolutely marvelous time to be an Atlanta Gladiators hockey fan. From Jan. 11 to Feb. 9, the Gladiators set a franchise record by recording a point in 13 straight games. The old record was 11 games set in 2006. Throughout the 13 games, the Gladiators posted a record of 11 wins and two losses in extra time.
One of the most impressive wins during the streak came on Jan. 31 when the Gladiators upset the Florida Everblades 2-1. The Everblades have the most points in the ECHL with 73. Derek Nesbitt scored the game winning goal for the Gladiators shorthanded with 2:53 left in the second period.
The Gladiators next win came on Feb. 2 when they beat the Orlando Solar Bears 4-3 in dramatic fashion. Joseph Widmar scored the game winning goal with three seconds left in the third period to break a 3-3 tie. It was Widmar's second goal of the game as he was one of four Gladiators players with a multi-point game. The others were Nick Bligh (one goal and one assist), and Justin MacDonald and Joel Messner, who had two assists each.
The Gladiators extended their streak to 11 games on Feb. 7 with a 6-5 overtime win over the South Carolina Stingrays. Brett McKenzie scored the game winning goal at 2:39 of the extra period from MacDonald and goaltender Sean Bonar. McKenzie led the Gladiators with three points (two goals and one assist). Other Gladiators players with a multi-point game were MacDonald (one goal and one assist), and Alex Overhardt (two assists).
On Feb. 8, the Gladiators had another overtime win as they beat the South Carolina Stingrays 2-1. MacDonald had the game winning goal at the 31 second mark of overtime. Then on Feb. 9, the Gladiators extended their game streak with a point to 13 when they beat the Norfolk Admirals 4-1. MacDonald had one goal and two assists for three points and Nolan LaPorte had two goals. The streak ended on Feb. 14 when the Gladiators lost 8-2 to the Newfoundland Growlers.
On Feb. 12, MacDonald was named the ECHL Player of the Week for the week from Feb. 4-10. In four games, MacDonald had three goals and five assists for eight points. Also on Feb. 5, Bonar was the ECHL goaltender of the week for the week from Jan. 28-Feb. 3. In three games, Bonar had a record of three wins, zero losses, one shutout, a goals against average of 1.33 and a save percentage of .949. Bonar's shutout came in a 4-0 Gladiators win over the Swamp Rabbits on Jan. 30 where he made 27 saves.
The Gladiators are currently tied for fifth in the South Division with the Admirals. They each have 46 points. Atlanta's record is 19 wins, 20 regulation losses, seven overtime losses and one shootout loss. The Swamp Rabbits are in seventh place in the South Division with 39 points. They have a record of 17 wins, 30 losses, three overtime losses and two shootout losses for 39 points. Atlanta's leading scorer is Derek Nesbitt, who has 14 goals and 22 assists for 36 points. Greenville's leading scorer is Michael Pelech, who has 14 goals and 32 assists for 46 points.
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