The Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL will have Wild Wednesday on March 13 at the Infinite Energy Arena when they host the South Carolina Stingrays (Tickets). If the Gladiators beat the Stingrays, fans who purchased a ticket will receive a free ticket to see the Gladiators play the Orlando Solar Bears on March 27. In addition to the Gladiators calling the promotion "Wild Wednesday", they also call it "Wild Winsday".
The Gladiators have got themselves into a playoff hunt following a marvelous record in 2019. Since Jan.2, the Gladiators have a record of 16 wins, four regulation losses and two losses in extra time. They are only one point back of the Stingrays for the final playoff spot in the South Division, with the Gladiators having three games in hand. The Norfolk Admirals are also in the ECHL South Division playoff chase as they are only one point back of Atlanta.
The Gladiators have a record of 23 wins, 21 regulation losses, seven overtime losses and one shootout loss for 54 points. The Stingrays have a record of 25 wins, 25 regulation losses and five overtime losses for 55 points. Atlanta's leading scorers are Justin MacDonald and Derek Nesbitt. They each have 38 points with MacDonald having 17 goals and 21 assists and Nesbitt having 14 goals and 24 assists. South Carolina's leading scorer is Andrew Cherniwchan, who has 20 goals and 32 assists for 52 points.
The Gladiators have four wins since mid-February. On Feb. 15, they defeated the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 3-0 thanks to a shutout by Michael Bitzer, who made 28 saves. Then on Feb. 17, the Gladiators beat the Stingrays 4-2. It was a great game for MacDonald, who had one goal and two assists for three points.
Then the Gladiators won two consecutive games against the Rapid City Rush on Feb. 20 and Feb. 22. On Feb. 20, the Gladiators won 2-1 and on Feb. 22, the Gladiators won 4-0. In the 2-1 win over the Rush, Zach Malatesta scored the game-winning goal with 2:03 left in the third period and Joseph Widmar led the Gladiators in scoring with two assists. In the Gladiators shutout win over the Rush, Sean Bonar made 29 saves for the shutout, while four Gladiators players had a multi-point game. MacDonald had two goals, Nolan Laporte had one goal and one assist, and Nick Bligh and Olivier Galipeau had two assists each.
In Gladiators transaction news, the Boston Bruins promoted center Brett McKenzie to Providence on Feb. 16 and defenseman Joel Messner to Providence on Feb. 19. McKenzie has 11 goals and 22 assists for 33 points in 46 games with the Gladiators and Messner has three goals and seven assists for 10 points in 20 games with the Gladiators. Messner also has one goal and four assists for five points in 22 games with the Providence Bruins.
The Gladiators also signed defenseman Brandon McMartin on Feb. 19. McMartin had two goals and nine assists for 11 points in 32 games with the Knoxville Ice Bears of the Southern Professional Hockey League this season. Meanwhile on Feb. 26, the Gladiators acquired center Tyson Fawcett from the Reading Royals of the ECHL. Fawcett had three goals and one assist for four points in 29 games this season with the Jacksonville Icemen and one goal in six games with the Royals.
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