Charlotte’s Jeff Glass and Gwinnett’s Tuomas Tarkki made their professional hockey debut a memorable one as Glass picked up the 1-0 shootout victory on Friday at Gwinnett.
Selected in the third round (89th overall) by the Ottawa Senators in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the 19-year-old Glass had 39 saves in regulation and one save in overtime before stopping all five shooters he faced in the shootout.
The 25-year-old Tarkki had 30 saves in regulation, four saves in overtime and stopped the first four shooters in the shootout before Dusty Jamieson scored over his shoulder for the game winner. In Gwinnett’s second game on Saturday, Sean Fields stopped all 38 shots as the Gladiators beat Pensacola 6-0.
Seamus Kotyk of Augusta recorded his first shutout of the season with 29 saves in regulation and two saves in overtime of a 1-0 win against Columbia on Sunday. Kotyk is 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 0.59 and a save percentage of .983, having entered Friday’s season opener in the second period following an injury to Jason Wolfe and stopping 26 of 27 shots in a 4-2 win against South Carolina.