2nd July 19:29
Gladiators Drop Game 2 to Aces 4-3, trail series 2-0
SERIES SHIFTS TO THE ARENA AT GWINNET CENTER FOR GAME 3
The Alaska Aces overcame a 2-0 second period deficit to knock off the
Gwinnett Gladiators 4-3 in Game 2 of the 2006 Kelly Cup Finals by and
take a 2-games-to-0 lead in the best-of-seven finals series. Game 3 of
the Kelly Cup Finals is Monday, Memorial Day, May 29th at the Arena at
Gwinnett Center at 5:05 p.m.
The Gladiators jumped out to a 1-0 lead on the Aces on the power play at
the 11:22 mark of the first period. Derek Nesbitt posted the goal as he
re-directed Troy Milam=3Fs slap shot from the point past Alaska netminder
Chris Beckford-Tseu for his 5th goal of the post season. Brad Schell
collected an assist on the marker as he worked the puck off the dasher
board and slid the puck to Milam at the point.
Jeff Campbell gave the Gladiators a 2-0 lead with a 5-on-3 power play
goal midway through the second period. Milam worked the puck to Campbell
parked on the back door to set up the tally. Schell collected his second
assist of the game on the power play goal at 9:59 mark of the second
Alaska stormed back before the end of the middle stanza to tie the game
at two with a pair of power play markers by Chris Minard. His first came
at the 14:58 mark of the second period as he was parked in the slot
behind the Gladiators defense and flipped the puck into the net past
Gladiators goaltender Adam Berkhoel for the marker. Alex Leavitt had an
assist on the goal finding Minard open in the slot. Mike Scott also
picked up an assist on the power play goal at the 14:58 mark of the
Minard=3Fs second also came on a power play as Gwinnett was scrambling on
the penalty kill. Minard took a shot that flew harmlessly past the net
but a Gwinnett defenseman sliding back to corral the puck pushed it into
the net for the Alaska goal. The unassisted goal came with 1:49 left in
the second period.
Ryan Gaucher gave the Aces a 3-2 lead with Alaska=3Fs third power play
goal of the game. Sliding in from the point, Gaucher ripped a slap shot
over the shoulder of Berkhoel for the marker at the 9:11 mark of the
third period. Minard and Leavitt collected the assists on the go-ahead
Minard completed the hat trick with an empty net goal with 43 seconds
left in the third period. Mike Scott and Peter Metcalf collected the
assists on the goal that gave the Aces a two-goal cushion.
Jon Awe got the Gladiators back within a goal with 16 seconds left in
the third period. Keeping the puck in at the blue line, Awe ripped a
turn around shot past Beckford-Tseu to get Gwinnett back within a goal.
Awe=3Fs 4th goal of the post season came unassisted for the Gladiators.
Adam Berkhoel finished with 22 saves in the game for the Gladiators.
Four of the six goals combined in the game were posted on the power
KELLY CUP FINALS
ECHL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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GWINNETT 1 1 1 3
ALASKA 0 2 2 4 FINAL
1ST PRD: GWN - (PP) DEREK NESBITT 6 (TROY MILAM, BRAD SCHELL)
2ND PRD: GWN - (PP) JEFF CAMPBELL 6 (TROY MILAM, BRAD SCHELL) 9:59
AKA - (PP) CHRIS MINARD 14 (ALEX LEAVITT, MIKE SCOTT)
AKA - (PP) CHRIS MINARD 15 (UNASSISTED) 18:11
3RD PRD: AKA - (PP) RYAN GAUCHER 2 (CHRIS MINARD, ALEX LEAVITT)
AKA - (EN) CHRIS MINARD 16 (MIKE SCOTT, PETER METCALF)
GWN - JON AWE 4 (UNASSISTED) 19:44
POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: GWN - 2 OF 7, AKA - 3 OF 6.
SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL
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GWN 11 17 8 36
AKA 6 9 11 26
GOALIES: GWN - ADAM BERKHOEL
AKA - CHRIS BECKFORD-TSEU
OFFICIALS: REF - NYGEL PELLETIER
LIN - DAVID JONES, ROB FAY
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Gwinnett-Nesbitt 5 (power play) (Milam;
Schell) 12:22. Penalties: McCambridge, AK (Tripping), 4:10. BENCH,
GWT served by Smyth (Too many men), 6:43. Minard, AK (Cross checking),
11:55. Minard, AK (Hooking), 12:52. Mifsud, GWT (Interference),
14:26. York, GWT (Slashing), 19:22.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Gwinnett-Campbell 6 (power play) (Milam;
Schell) 9:59. 3, Alaska-Minard 12 (power play) (Leavitt; Scott)
14:58. 4, Alaska-Minard 13 (power play) (unassisted) 18:11.
Penalties: Riddle, AK (High sticking), 8:56. Metcalf, AK (Slashing),
9:10. Desbiens, GWT (Tripping), 13:18. Riddle, AK (Tripping), 15:34.
Desbiens, GWT (Slashing), 17:02.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Alaska-Gaucher 2 (power play) (Minard;
Leavitt) 9:11. 6, Alaska-Minard 14 (game winner) (empty net) (Scott;
Metcalf) 19:16. 7, Gwinnett-Awe 4 (unassisted) 19:45. Penalties:
Keith, AK (Hooking), 4:29. Emmett, GWT (Holding stick), 8:53.
Goalies: Gwinnett-Berkhoel (25 shots, 22 saves; record: 5-1-1).
Alaska-Beckford-Tseu (36 shots, 33 saves; record: 8-2-1).
The Gwinnett Gladiators continue the 2006 Kelly Cup Playoffs against the
Alaska Aces at the Arena at Gwinnett Center for Game 3 on Monday,
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