Friday Night Hockey From Jacksonville
Friday Night Hockey came to Jacksonville Florida tonight as the Atlanta Gladiators visited the Jacksonville Icemen at the Jacksonville Veterans Arena. In what would be a very tight-checking and close game The Icemen held off the Gladiators in Overtime.
The Icemen capitalized on the only man advantage of the first period, despite a spirited defensive effort by the Gladiators. Dajon Mingo found Wacie Rabbit at the blue line before he walked down the half boards and into the far-side corner. A fortunate pass slipped to the point where Kris Newbury’s shot on goal beat Colton Phinney to take the early lead at the 9:28 mark of the opening period.
Atlanta got even just 1:46 into the middle frame. Jacksonville goaltender, Tanner Jaillet, chased after a puck that was chipped into the near-side corner. He shuttled the puck behind the net, expecting to find a teammate, only to find the Gladiators’ Dave Mazurek. When the Atlanta forward secured the puck, he efficiently navigated his way to the front of the empty net. It was his second goal of the season and allowed the visitors to gain some momentum early in the second period.
Earning the start tonight, Phinney made the most of his opportunity. He made multiple big stops to keep Atlanta in the game, including a diving denial on a great Jacksonville opportunity with 6:00 to play in the third. Neither team found a winner in the final 20 minutes, and the Gladiators went to overtime for the second game in a row.
Atlanta earned a point for the second straight game and third in their last four, moving to 16 points on the season. Jacksonville obtained two points and improved to 29 on the campaign.
The Icemen will be back at the Veterans Arena in Jacksonville for Guns ‘N Hoses Hockey starting at 7pm
Atlanta concludes their three-game road trip in Orlando, FL on Sunday, December 16th at the Amway Center at 1:30 pm.