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Glads swamped by the Bits, 6-1


Press Release


The Atlanta Gladiators (17-31-2-1) fell to the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (34-15-2-0) by a final score of 6-1 on Sunday afternoon at home after a crushingly close loss the night previous in their trip to Greenville.


First Star: Josh McKechney (GRN) - 1 goal, 1 assist, +2

Second Star: Tanner Eberle (GRN) - 1 goal, 1 assist, +3

Third Star: Jacob Ingham (GRN) - 24 saves, win


The Swamp Rabbits drew first blood as Brett Kemp drove in front of net with great speed to give Greenville the early 1-0 lead. (3:59)


The Gladiators generated a few promising chances off nine shots but were unable to affect the scoresheet as the first 20 minutes came to a close.


Things took a lopsided turn for the Gladiators in the second stanza as Greenville jumped out to a three-goal lead after Atlanta had seemingly kept pace with the Swamp Rabbits for a majority of the contest up to that point.


The Gladiators threw a huge momentum-grabbing punch, as Nolan Burke rifled the puck from the high slot to knot the game up at one apiece. (14:19)


The Swamp Rabbits responded less than a minute later as Max Coyle’s shot from the point squeezed through net-front traffic to put his team back in front 2-1. (15:10)


A bad bounce for the Gladiators off the face-off gave the Swamp Rabbits a quick net-front opportunity that Josh McKechney was able to cash in on to go up 3-1. (15:21)


Ben Freeman capped off Greenville’s second period onslaught by crushing a back-door feed to give the Swamp Rabbits an all-too-comfortable 4-1 cushion heading into the final frame. (18:26)


The Swamp Rabbits tallied a goal late in the third period as Ethan Somoza buried the rebound from Joe Leahy to go up 5-1. (17:47)


To add insult to injury, Greenville was able to net a sixth goal by Tanner Eberle with just six seconds remaining as the contest concluded with a 6-1 defeat for the Gladiators.


Barone finished with 36 saves off 42 Greenville shots while his net-minding counterpart Jacob Ingham ended the afternoon with 24 saves off 25 shots from the Gladiators.

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