Two wins at South Carolina and a shutout at home against Columbia have defending American Conference champion Gwinnett sitting atop the South Division at 4-1-0.
Gwinnett will play at Charlotte on Friday before hosting Texas on Saturday. The Gladiators were 8-0-1 against Charlotte a year ago and are 17-4-3 since moving to Gwinnett in 2003-04 and are 5-0-0 all-time against the Wildcatters.
The Gladiators lead the league with 27 goals while ranking second on the power play at 22.4 percent and third on the penalty kill at 92.2 percent. The Gladiators are 2-0-0 and have outscored their opponents 8-2 at home where they were 29-4-3 a year ago, setting team records for home wins and points.
In their 8-3 win at South Carolina on Friday, the Gladiators tied the team record for most goals equaling the mark set on Mar. 26, 2004 in an 8-0 win at Texas and equaled three other times before Friday, including Mar. 22, 2006 in an 8-1 win at Charlotte.
Brad Schell leads the league with 11 assists and 14 points while Jon Awe leads ECHL defensemen with four goals and nine points and Colton Fretter leads league rookies with six goals and nine points. Awe and Fretter are tied for fifth overall in scoring and tied for third with three power-play goals while Fretter is tied for second overall in goals.
Dan Turple had 24 saves and recorded his first shutout on Saturday and improved to 2-1-0 after making 26 saves on Sunday. Selected in the sixth round (186th overall) by Atlanta in the 2004 National Hockey League draft and under contract to the Thrashers, the 21-year-old had seven shutouts a year ago for Kitchener in the Ontario Hockey League where he was 40-15-2 with a goals-against average of 2.25 and a save percentage of .924.