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Gladiators fall to Storm 4-3 in overtime, Series tied at One Game Each
JACKSON HAS GAME WINNING GOAL FOR STORM IN WIN
The Toledo Storm knocked off the Gladiators in Game 2 of the American
Conference Finals 4-3 in overtime to tie the best-of-seven series at a
game apiece. Todd Jackson rolled the puck past Gwinnett netminder Adam
Berkhoel on the power play for the game winning goal for the Storm at
7:14 of overtime for the win. The series now shifts to the Toeldo Sports
Arena for Game 3 on Friday, May 12th at 7:35 p.m.
Toledo jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on a tally by Gerry Burke just
2:41 into the opening period. Matt Zultek was able to keep a Gladiators
clearing attempt in at the blue line and feed Burke along the blue line
to set up the goal. Burke ripped a long slapshot that beat Gladiators
goaltender Adam Berkhoel for the marker.
Derek Nesbitt tied the game at a goal apiece with a power play goal 4:52
into the first period. Troy Milam ripped a slap shot wide that Nesbitt
re-directed past Toledo goaltender Logan Koopmans for the marker. Jeff
Campbell picked up an assist on the goal, feeding Milam at the point.
The Storm answered just 64 seconds later on the marker by Rob Snowball
to take a 2-1 lead. Snowball finished a scramble in front of the
Gladiators net to complete a 3-on-1 break for the marker. Scooter Smith
and Matt Zultek also collected assists on the Toledo goal at the 5:56
mark of the first period.
Ken Magowan extended Toledo=3Fs lead to two goals at the 7:51 mark of the
second period. Magowan finished a 2-on-1 break with Jeff Attard as he
redirected a cross-ice pass behind Berkhoel for the goal. B.J. Adams
also had an assist on the goal, ad he moved the puck up ice to Attard to
set up the tally.
Matt York cut the Toledo lead to one finding the puck in a pile up in
front of the Storm net at the 6:54 mark of the third period. Steve
Slaton and Rick Emmett also got a stick on the puck in the slot for the
assists before York found the back of the net to for the goal.
Streaking in from the top of the right wing circle, Brad Schell found a
loose puck in the slot and ripped a snapshot over the shoulder of
Koopmans for the tying goal. Troy Milam picked up an assist taking the
initial shot that created the big rebound leaving the puck in the slot
for Schell to corral. Guillaume Desbiens also had an assist on the goal
at the 12:49 mark of the third period to tie the game at three.
Gwinnett had a pair of power play chances at the end of the third period
and at the beginning of overtime but couldn=3Ft capitalize on the man
advantage. Toledo posted their first power play goal of the game in
overtime for the win. Matt Zultek and Gerry Burke had the assists on
Jackson=3Fs game winning goal.
Adam Berkhoel made 41 saves in the loss as Gwinnett outshot the Storm
57-45 in the loss. The Gladiators have now lost two of three Game 2=3Fs
that they have played in during the 2006 Kelly Cup Playoffs.
ECHL FINAL IN OT 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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TOLEDO 2 1 0 1 4
GWINNETT 1 0 2 0 3 FINAL IN OT
1ST PRD: TOL - GERRY BURKE 2 (MATT ZULTEK) 2:41
GWN - (PP) DEREK NESBITT 4 (TROY MILAM, JEFF CAMPBELL)
TOL - ROBERT SNOWBALL 1 (SCOOTER SMITH, MATT ZULTEK) 5:56
2ND PRD: TOL - KEN MAGOWAN 2 (JEFF ATTARD, B.J. ADAMS) 7:51
3RD PRD: GWN - MATT YORK 1 (RICK EMMETT, STEVE SLATON) 6:54
GWN - BRAD SCHELL 1 (TROY MILAM, GUILLAUME DESBIENS)
OT: TOL - (PP) TODD JACKSON 3 (MATT ZULTEK, GERRY BURKE) 7:14
POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: TOL - 1 OF 4, GWN - 1 OF 9.
SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD OT TOTAL
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TOL 17 14 6 8 45
GWN 10 12 28 7 57
GOALIES: TOL - LOGAN KOOPMANS
GWN - ADAM BERKHOEL
OFFICIALS: REF - JASON ROLLINS
LIN - DAVID JONES, TODD OWEN
FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Toledo-Burke 2 (Zultek) 2:41. 2, Gwinnett-
Nesbitt 3 (power play) (Milam; Campbell) 4:52. 3, Toledo-Snowball 1
(Smith; Zultek) 5:56. Penalties: Attard, TOL (Board check), 4:10.
Knight, TOL (Roughing), 6:20. Milam, GWT (Hooking), 9:39. Keefe, TOL
(Roughing), 13:35. Knight, TOL (Tripping), 17:30.
SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Toledo-Magowan 2 (Attard; Adams) 7:51.
Penalties: Keefe, TOL (Roughing), 1:14. York, GWT (Roughing), 1:14.
Gajic, GWT (Tripping), 1:43. Mifsud, GWT (Tripping), 8:55. Magowan,
TOL (High sticking), 12:09. Blight, TOL (Holding), 16:29. Mifsud,
GWT (Interference), 16:29. Burke, TOL (Tripping), 18:56.
THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Gwinnett-York 2 (Emmett; Slaton) 6:54. 6,
Gwinnett-Schell 1 (Milam; Desbiens) 12:49. Penalties: Knight, TOL
(Tripping), 3:41. Burke, TOL (Tripping), 18:04.
OVERTIME -- Scoring: 7, Toledo-Jackson 3 (game winner) (power play)
(Zultek; Burke) 7:14. Penalties: Burke, TOL (Cross checking), 0:23.
Brown, GWT (Roughing), 5:59.
Goalies: Toledo-Koopmans (57 shots, 54 saves; record: 2-3-0).
Gwinnett-Berkhoel (45 shots, 41 saves; record: 5-0-1).
The Gwinnett Gladiators continue the 2006 ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs on
Friday, May 12th at 7:35 p.m. at the Toledo Sport Arena for Game 3 of
the American Conference Finals.