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Jackson Pierson nets 16th, but Glads narrowly defeated, 2-1


Liam Gotimer

Press Release


The Atlanta Gladiators (20-40-3-1) were narrowly defeated by the Orlando Solar Bears (34-22-6-2) by a final score of 2-1 on Saturday night, at Gas South Arena, in Duluth, Georgia.


First Star: Evan Fitzpatrick (ORL) - 38 saves on 39 shots, victory

Second Star: Aaron Luchuk (ORL) - 1 game-winning goal

Third Star: Josh Boyko (ATL) - 28 saves on 30 shots


In what was a defensive first period, the Gladiators and Solar Bears found themselves knotted up, with the shots on goal 9-8 in favor of Atlanta.


Atlanta would strike just one minute and thirty-two seconds in the middle frame, with Jackson Pierson slapping in a slick feed from Micah Miller. (1:32)


The chess match would continue throughout the remainder of the second stanza, as both teams went to the locker room with the score 1-0.


Come the third period, Orlando would break through, when Ben Carroll (5th) was able to squeeze a wrist shot past Josh Boyko. The goal would be reviewed for potential goaltender interference, but after a second-look, the officials determined that the goal would count. (10:14)


Less than two minutes later, the Solar Bears would find the net once more, with Aaron Luchuk (18th) bursting into the zone, and beating Boyko. (12:12)


Josh Boyko ended the night with 28 saves on 30 shots for the Gladiators, while Evan Fitzpatrick turned aside 38 of 39 in the victory for Orlando.

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