The Blades finished off their 3 game series with the Gladiators tonight. Of six possible points they earned 4.
Friday Night's game saw a fight involving Benn Olson five seconds into the game.
The final score 7-5, made me regret not going (game sheet here). The Gladiators scored first, but a goal by Shea Guthrie evened it up. A second goal in the closing minutes by Gwinnett saw the Gladiators lead into the first intermission 2-1.
The second period saw three goals by the Everblades. Brady Calla, Phil Paquette, and Dominic Osman all notched tallies. The Gladiators scored one goal, but they just couldn't find a way to overcome the Blades. The Blades went into the second intermission up 4-3.
The opening minutes of the third saw Osman score once again to put the Blades up 5-3. The Gladiators narrowed the lead later. Thankfully, Osman scored once again to make it 6-3, and earn the hat-trick! A goal by Kevin Baker a few minutes later made it 7-3. The Gladiators didn't give up, they notched another to make it 7-4, but it just wasn't enough to overcome the Blades.
Saturday was a different affair (game sheet here). The Blades took a two goal lead in the opening of the first period thanks to goals by Ryan Lang and Colin Nicholson. The Gladiators answered back with three goals of their own to end the period with them up 3-2 on the Blades.
The second period was relatively quiet. The third period saw Ross Carlson tie it up for the Blades 47 seconds into the period. Unfortunately the Gladiators were able to score on the power play (because of a BS 10 minute misconduct given to Lang). The Blades just couldn't get it past the Gladiators goalie. The final score was 4-3.
The boys have nearly a week off before they have to hop on the bus for a three game road series. They take on the South Carolina Stingrays Saturday, and Sunday next week. With so few games left, every game is must win.