Texas, Gwinnett Battle For First In The South Division

It will be a showdown for the South Division lead when Gwinnett travels to Texas for games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Winning three in a row and registering points in all four games it played last week, Texas improved to 12-2-3 and remains in first place in the South Division with 27 points while Gwinnett picked up a pair of wins to improve to 11-3-1 and is in second place with 23 points.

Texas won 3-1 at Gwinnett on Nov. 22 and 5-4 in a shootout at Gwinnett on Nov. 10, and, including three victories in the division semifinals of the Kelly Cup Playoffs, Texas has won the last five meetings between the two. The Wildcatters, who are 7-7-1 all-time in the regular season against Gwinnett, have won their last eight home games against the Gladiators, 6-0-0 in the regular season and 2-0-0 in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The last Gwinnett win at Texas was 4-2 on Dec. 5, 2004.

Texas is second in the league in goals allowed with 2.47 per game and third in goals scored with 3.76 per game while Gwinnett is third in goals allowed with 2.53 per game and fourth in goals scored with 3.73 per game. The Gladiators, who are the only team without a loss on the road at 4-0-0, lead the league on the penalty kill at 90.1 percent (82-for-91).

Danick Bouchard of Texas leads ECHL rookies and is tied for the overall lead with 12 goals while his three game-winning goals tie him for the rookie and the overall lead and his 18 points are seventh among first-year players.

Jamie Milam of Gwinnett is tied for third among league defensemen with four goals and 13 points. John McNabb of Texas is tied for third in the league with six power-play goals and tied for fourth with 23 points.

Peter Aubry of Texas is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.39 and a save percentage of .919 in his last three starts to improve to 7-2-0 with a goals-against average of 2.77 and a save percentage of .903. Anton Khudobin of the Wildcatters, who was reassigned by Minnesota of the National Hockey League to Houston of the American Hockey League on Nov. 23, is 5-0-3 and leads the ECHL with a goals-against average of 1.55 and a save percentage of .951.

Craig Kowalski of Gwinnett is 7-2-1 with a goals-against average of 2.48 and a save percentage of .916 while Dan Turple is 4-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.36 and a save percentage of .926.