DULUTH, Ga – The Atlanta Gladiators welcomed the Savannah Ghost Pirates to Gas South Arena on Saturday, with the hopes that the night would end in a similar fashion as the last time the teams played each other. Unfortunately for Atlanta, they did not come away the victors this time and fell to Savannah by a score of 5-4.
Just over six minutes into the first period, Savannah opened up the scoring with a goal from Vincent Marleau. Only 32 seconds later, Ryan Cranford put Atlanta on the board with his fourth goal of the season. Neither side managed another goal for the rest of the period, sending both teams to the locker rooms tied 1-1.
The second period saw the majority of the action, with a combined total of six goals scored between the two teams. Atlanta netted two goals that came from Alex Whelan and Griffin Luce before Savannah answered with three goals of their own, with two coming from Logan Drevitch and one from Anthony Collins. With 54 seconds remaining in the period, Mitchell Fossier tied the game on a breakaway that ended up under review before being called a good goal.
Tied again at 4-4 to start the third, Brent Pederson soon gave the Ghost Pirates the lead only 4:48 into the period while Atlanta’s Zach Yoder sat in the penalty box for high-sticking double minor. Though the only goal of the period came early, there was still plenty of action to keep fans happy, especially when Carson Gicewicz and Matthew Boudens dropped the gloves with four minutes left in regulation.
Despite out-shooting Savannah 42-23, the Gladiators were unable to come away with the win and fell to the Ghost Pirates by a score of 5-4.
Check out this photo gallery from Inside The Rink’s Taylor Trebotte for highlights from the game.