Florida, Gwinnett Battle Atop
Tight South Division

Three wins in a row and going 8-1-1 in the last 10 games have helped Florida improve to 22-8-2 and climb into first place in the South Division with 46 points. Gwinnett saw its seven-game winning streak end on Sunday at Augusta, but is 8-2-0 in its last 10 games and at 20-7-4 sits two points behind the Everblades and five points in front of Charlotte at 18-14-3. Greenville has won its last three and is 7-3-0 in its last 10 games to improve to 18-10-1 to move into fourth place with 37 points, three points ahead of South Carolina at 13-13-8 and four points in front of Augusta at 15-18-3.

The Everblades will travel to California to visit Fresno on Tuesday and Jan. 17, Stockton on Friday and Saturday and Bakersfield on Sunday. Gwinnett plays at Greenville on Tuesday and Thursday before hosting Greenville on Friday, Charlotte on Saturday and Columbia on Monday. In addition to its games with Gwinnett, Greenville plays at Augusta on Saturday and will host Pensacola on Monday.

In the first three games after being reassigned from Lowell of the American Hockey League on Jan. 3, Florida’s Steve Saviano scored a game-winning goal and 10 points (4g-6a) while Paul Cabana has seven points (4g-3a) in the last three games.

Guillaume Desbiens leads Gwinnett with nine goals and 15 points in the last 10 games while defenseman Troy Milam leads the team in the last 10 games with 12 assists, including six in his last four games.

Reassigned by the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League on Jan. 6, Mike Morrison started three games in three days for Greenville going 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.95 to improve to 4-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.36 in five games with the Grrrowl. The 26-year-old is 5-1-0 with a goals against of 2.35 and a save percentage of .904 in 10 games with Edmonton and was named NHL Defensive Player of the Week on Nov. 28.