Gladiators Off To Best Start in Team History

Winning the only game they played last week, Gwinnett leads the ECHL with a winning percentage of .864 and is off to the best start in its history at 9-1-1 and 19 points. Texas went 1-1-1 against Elmira and is in first place in the South Division with 20 points (9-2-2). Charlotte has six points in its last four games and is tied for fifth in points with 14 but is third in the division in winning percentage at .700.

The Gladiators host Elmira on Tuesday, Texas on Thursday and Charlotte on Saturday while traveling to South Carolina on Friday. Gwinnett is 3-0-0 on the road and the only team in the league without a road loss, unless you include Phoenix, which hasn’t played a road game after beginning the season with 12 consecutive home games.

The Wildcatters play at Augusta on Tuesday, at Gwinnett on Thursday, at Charlotte on Friday and at South Carolina on Saturday. Texas has won its last seven road games, including a 5-4 shootout win at Gwinnett on Nov. 10, to improve to 7-1-0 on the road after winning a team record 20 road games a year ago.

Gwinnett leads the league in goals allowed with 2.18 goals per game while ranking second in scoring with 4.00 goals per game, on the power play at 25 percent (22-for-88) and on the penalty kill at 87.9 percent (58-for-66).

Lou Dickenson of the Gladiators has an eight-game point streak (4g-9a) which is the second-longest streak in the ECHL this year behind teammate Dirk Southern, who had a nine-game streak (4g-6a) from Oct. 20-Nov. 10. Dickenson leads Gwinnett with 14 points (5g-9a) while Derek Nesbitt leads the team with seven goals and five power-play goals.