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Aren't you GLAD we won! | Atlanta Gladiators Beat the South Carolina Stingrays at Home | ECHL


Atlanta Gladiators goalie hit the split. Photo: @atlgladiators IG.
Atlanta Gladiators goalie hit the split. Photo: @atlgladiators IG.

A Sunday afternoon spent on the ice, why not!? The Atlanta Gladiators took on the South Carolina Stingrays at home for a Sunday afternoon game. The Gladiators, coming into this game, remain at the bottom of the conference at 18-36, while the Stingrays stand at number 6 with a 33-21 record. Thus, it would be an extensive game for the Gladiators to outshine them to capture a win.


The Gladiators have had a tumultuous season, starting a blaze and falling off a bit. However, they have always remained hardworking and persistent in the game. As in most minor leagues, the roster fluctuates as players move up and down throughout the season. The Glads have faced some roster moves, which could be a significant issue for the season. However, they have put their best foot forward as much as they can to keep hopes afloat.


Coming into today’s game, it would be imperative that the defense remained strong as the Stingrays have a core offense with a .605 shooting percentage. The game started on a good foot for the Gladiators as they managed to get the first goal and maintained that as they went into the first intermission. The defense looked great for Atlanta as they had some key blocks and managed to keep the Stingrays from scoring any points. Most of the time was spent towards their goal, which helped me remain in the lead.

A roster move for the Glads is going according to plan. Photo: @atlgladiators IG
A roster move for the Glads is going according to plan. Photo: @atlgladiators IG

However, the beginning of the second period took a minor turn as the Stingrays could get a goal scored within the first 2 minutes of play. Although this did not mean that the Gladiators were falling short in defense, it just meant that they would need to rally back quickly now that the game was tied 1-1. Speaking of defense- the Stingrays did a great job Wirth holding off at the net against the Gladiators.


The Glads had plenty of great goal opportunities and tight defense. The starting goalie for the Stingrays, Reid Cooper, showed how he had earned that stop with how he managed to block shots, keep the net clear, and force the offense men for the Glads to work harder at getting a second goal. As the second period ended, the score remained 1-1.


The third period is both important and strategic. If the Glads wanted to pull out the win, they would need to get another goal on the board, but they would also need to stop players like Connor Moore and Jonny Evans from scoring their second goal. The Glads were looking to have another goal added to the board, and the best people to attempt were Michael Marchesan, Carson Gicewicz, or Reece Vitelli, as they quickly scored the first goal. But, as mentioned, the South Carolina defense stepped up and held it down. The third period was the furthest from easy as both teams fought to get the advantage of a lead.


What is hockey without a few fights? Photo: Dez Barnes
What is hockey without a few fights? Photo: Dez Barnes

Then, with 1:54 remaining in the game, the Glads score! The game savior- Michael Marchesan, assisted by Griffin Luce and Zach Yoder, came through and allowed them to take the lead on the game; the anxiety had built so high that the crowd erupted as soon as the puck hit the net, and it sounded like a full packed out house! The Glads finally had the advantage and needed to hold on for less than 2 minutes before they could secure the win. The Stingrays were not done yet; they hit the ice and went hard at the puck to try to even the score. But it was too late, as the Glads secured their Sunday win at home!














This is Dez Barnes of Pretty Girls Love Sports, a journalist on the MTMV Sports platform. She is a retired US Army veteran, professional cheerleader, pet mom, and avid sports lover. Feel free to follow her writings as she dives into the latest sports news! You can find her on all social media channels @PGLOVESPORTS.

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