(PR) Duluth, GA – Akim Aliu scored his second consecutive game-winning shorthanded goal at 1:18 of the third period as the Gwinnett Gladiators defeated the Trenton Devils, 4-3, at Arena at Gwinnett Center.
Aliu also added an assist and both Michael Forney and Dustin Cameron registered multi-point games, while Chris Carrozzi beat the Devils for the second straight day, as the Gladiators improved to 28-25-2-2 by winning their sixth straight game.
Ryan Ginand netted his seventh three-point game of the season by notching two goals and an assist, while moving to within 12 points of Trenton’s single-season point record set by Scott Bertoli in 2006-07. However, the Devils’ loss was their seventh straight and Trenton’s record is now 21-32-3-4, while Dave Caruso made 17 saves in defeat.
After failing to score past Carrozzi on Saturday night, the Devils cracked Gwinnett’s goalie for the first tally of the game at 8:03 of the first period, when Trevor Kell poked in his 13
th goal of the season out of a netmouth scramble. Matt Vokes and Ryan Ginand were also both in on the scramble and were credited with assists.
Shortly after the Devils took the lead, Dan Charleston was charged with two simultaneous minor penalties and although Trenton killed the early minutes of the power play, Patrick Galivan eventually broke through off a set up by Akim Aliu and Michael Forney.
Less than five minutes later, Andy Brandt netted his 17
th of the season to give Gwinnett a 2-1 lead, but Ryan Ginand responded with a breakaway goal at 11:34 of the second period to knot the score 2-2.
The Gladiators quickly regained their lead by scoring their second power-play goal of the game, when Dustin Cameron banged in the rebound of a Michael Forney shot that Dave Caruso was unable to corral.
However, Ryan Ginand scored his second game-tying goal of the second period with 31 seconds left in the middle stanza, by sniping a shot past Carrozzi from the top of the right-wing circle.
But Aliu’s shorthanded breakaway goal at 1:18 of the third period put the Devils in their third deficit of the night and Trenton was unable to fight back again as Gwinnett won 4-3.
The Devils conclude a two-week road trip on Wednesday night against the first-place Reading Royals at 7:05 p.m.