ECHL Weekend Update Nov 11

Plenty Of Hockey Action Going On

Sunday Night and its time to check in with the ECHL. Tons of things going on and let’s get started in Atlanta!

The Atlanta Gladiators announced on Sunday that they have traded forward Shane Eiserman and future considerations to South Carolina for forward Garret Ross.

Ross, 26, comes to Atlanta after being traded to South Carolina from Fort Wayne recently but not playing a game for the Stingrays. The sixth-year pro registered two assists and 19 penalty minutes in eight games for Fort Wayne to start this season. The Dearborn Heights, MI native has spent his entire pro career, prior to this year, in the AHL amassing 114 points (51g, 63a) and 397 penalty minutes in 288 games for Rockford, Tucson and Rochester. The former fifth round draft pick (139th overall) in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Chicago Blackhawks had his best season in the AHL with the Rockford IceHogs in 2014-15 when he notched 43 points (21g, 22a), a plus-20 rating and 100 penalty minutes in 69 games. The 6-foot, 172-pound forward registered 170 points (82g, 88a) in 217 OHL games for the Saginaw Spirit before turning pro. Ross set career Major-Junior highs for Saginaw while serving as the team’s assistant captain in 2012-13 in goals (44), assists (46), penalty minutes (114) and a plus-minus rating of plus-20 in 61 games played.

Eiserman, 23, heads to South Carolina after playing four games with the Gladiators and scoring three points (1g, 2a). The Newburyport, MA native was traded from Adirondack to Atlanta on October, 30th.  The rookie forward posted 51 points (17g, 34a) in 125 games for the University of New Hampshire before turning pro this season.

The Atlanta Gladiators defeated the Norfolk Admirals 5-3 on Saturday, November 10th at the Norfolk Scope Arena marking the 481st ECHL win for Gladiators head coach, Jeff Pyle. The victory broke the tie with long-time Norfolk Admirals coach, John Brophy for third place on the all-time head coaching wins list in ECHL history. Over the course of 14 seasons as a head coach in the ECHL, the Minnesota native earned wins with the Mobile Mysticks (137), Evansville IceMen (31) and Gwinnett/Atlanta Gladiators (313). Pyle is now only 10 wins behind John Marks for second all-time in ECHL history.

The 16th season of Atlanta Gladiators hockey continues at the Infinite Energy Arena Friday, November 16thagainst the Norfolk Admirals at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at www.atlantagladiators.com or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

With over 5,000 people in attendance and sporting Captain America jerseys for Marvel Super Hero Night, the Maine Mariners defeated the Worcester Railers, 3-1 on Saturday night at the Cross Insurance Arena. They improved to 5-5-0-1 with their third win of the week, and jumped over Manchester to move up to fifth place in the ECHL’s North Division. Former UNH forward Michael McNicholas scored his first professional goal to break a 1-1 tie in the third which served as the game-winning goal. The Mariners also honored men and women of the armed forces throughout the evening for “military appreciation” presented by Martin’s Point Health Care.

Jacksonville Icemen’s Cam Maclise scored just over one minute into the game, but the fast-start soon fizzled out as Florida piled on three goals in the first period. Tanner Jaillet relieved Mikhail Berdin midway through the second period, stopping 11 of 12 shots. Maclise would score again in the third, but it was too late as Florida handed Jacksonville it’s first back-to-back losses of the season.

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