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Wednesday Nights match up of the two top teams in the Eastern Conference did not disappoint on Wednesday in Jacksonville Florida as the Newfoundland Growlers visited the Jacksonville Icemen.  A physical first period left both teams scoreless, but the Icemen turned on the offense in the second, snapping the Growlers’ eight-game win streak. Kris Newbury recorded a goal for the second game in a row on the way to a 2-0 win and the first pro shutout for Mikhail Berdin.

The Gladiators were set for battle with their I-85 rivals for a Thanksgiving Eve game at the Infinite Energy Arena. Greenville goalie, Garrett Bartus, gave his team a chance with 42 saves, but Atlanta got an overtime tally from recent call-up, Don Olivieri to earn the two points and break the four-game losing streak Wednesday night.

Even though the Gladiators were outshooting Greenville heavily, the Swamp Rabbits opened the scoring at the 10:42 mark of the first period. Austen Brassard’s blue line shot was deflected by Atlanta goaltender Miroslav Svoboda. Michael Pelech was in prime position to push the rebound to the back of the net and give the visitors the early lead.

The Atlanta Gladiators announced on Wednesday that the Milwaukee Admirals have reassigned forward Matt Lane to the team. Lane, 24, scored the first goal of the Gladiators’ season in his only game with Atlanta during the team’s 4-2 win over Orlando on October 13th. The Rochester, NY native returns from the AHL where he played eight games for the Admirals earning a plus-one rating. The Rochester, NY native has posted 50 points (26g, 24a) in 105 ECHL games for Atlanta, Elmira and Worchester.

In additional news, forward Branden Troock has been activated from reserve and is eligible to return to the lineup tonight.

The 16th season of Atlanta Gladiators hockey continues at the Infinite Energy Arena Friday, November 23rd, against the South Carolina Sting Rays 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.

The line of Troy Bourke, Brent Pedersen and Brady Shaw combined for two goals and six total points, but the Orlando Solar Bears (8-6-2-0) fell to the South Carolina Stingrays (9-8-0-0) by a 3-2 score on Wednesday night at the ARS.com Rink at Amway Center.

Tad Kozun opened the scoring for the visitors when he teamed up with Patrick Gaul and buried a back-door feed past Hayden Stewart just 2:02 into the game.

The Solar Bears equalized when Shaw forced a turnover beneath the Stingrays goal line, and Bourke found Pedersen at the left side of the net for Pedersen’s fifth of the season.

The Solar Bears have announced that forward Jonne Tammela has been reassigned to the club from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League by the Tampa Bay Lightning, Orlando’s NHL affiliate.

Tammela, 21, has three points (1g-2a) in eight games with the Crunch this season. The 5-foot-11, 192-pound forward has 10 points (4g-6a) and 16 penalty minutes in 39 career games with Syracuse.

Although they play just one game this week, Saturday night is set to be one of the most exciting nights of the season at the Cross Insurance Arena as the Mariners take their first crack at a holiday hockey tradition when they host Manchester at 6:00 PM. Teddy Bear Toss – which has become a staple for minor league hockey teams across the World, encourages fans to bring stuffed animal donations to toss onto the ice after the Mariners score their first goal. Donations will be split between Toys For Tots and local children’s charities. The first 2,000 fans through the gate will also receive a Mariners winter hat beanie.

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