The Gladiators have a record of two wins, three regulation losses and a loss in extra time to start the 2018-19 regular season. Their last win came on Oct. 19 when they beat the Greenville Swamp Rabbits by a score of 4-1. Olivier Galipeau led the Gladiators with one goal and one assist for two points. The Admirals meanwhile have got off to a solid start as they have a record of five wins and two regulation losses for 10 points after their first seven games.
Four players have joined the Gladiators. Atlanta acquired defenseman Sean Campbell from the Idaho Steelheads for future considerations on Oct. 22. They then acquired forward Shane Eiserman and goaltender Colten Phinney from the Adirondack Thunder for cash considerations on Oct. 29 and then signed right winger Tyler Howe from the Evansville Thunderbolts of the Southern Professional Hockey League on Nov. 1.
Campbell has two games of ECHL experience with the Fort Wayne Komets in 2017-18. He had two penalty minutes and was a -1. Campbell also played four seasons with St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI and two seasons each with the Kalamazoo Jr. K Wings and the Michigan Warriors of the North American Hockey League.
Eiserman, who plays center and left wing, was drafted in the fourth round, 100th overall, by the Ottawa Senators in the 2014 National Hockey League Entry Draft. In two games in the ECHL this season, he had one goal and two assists for three points in two games. Eiserman has also played four seasons with the University of New Hampshire and one season each with the United States National Development Team and the Dubuque Fighting Saints in the United States Hockey League.
Phinney joins his fourth ECHL team. He has previously played for the Jacksonville Icemen, Indy Fuel and Adirondack Thunder. In five games this season with the Thunder, Phinney has a record of four wins, one loss, a goals against average of 2.95 and a save percentage of .896. He has also played for the Manitoba Moose and Binghamton Devils of the American Hockey League, the Middlesex Islanders of the Eastern Junior Hockey League and four seasons at the prestigious Princeton University.
Howe played four games this season with the Thunderbolts and had seven penalty minutes and was a -1. He previously played two seasons with the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, the Augusta Riverhawks of the Southern Professional Hockey League, the Cornwall River Kings of the North American Hockey League, the Cape Cod Bluefins, Berkshire Battalion and Berlin River Drivers of the Federal Hockey League and the Knoxville Ice Bears of the SPHL.
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