Gladiators 2, Icemen 1

 

Turning point: Atlanta’s Zach Malatesta scored the game-winning goal with 1:17 left in the third period, sending the Icemen down to their third consecutive defeat.

Three stars: 1. Malatesta, Atlanta (one goal); 2. Brady Vail, Atlanta (one goal); 3. Austin Lotz, Jacksonville (37 saves).

Penalty box: Jacksonville came up empty on both power play chances. … Atlanta’s Tanner Pond received a game misconduct penalty in the first period.

Around the rink: Goaltender Lotz made his Icemen debut just one day after completing his signing, saving 37 shots. … Alexandre Goulet gave the Icemen the lead on a second-period breakaway, assisted by Elgin Pearce and Christopher Dienes. … The Gladiators outshot Jacksonville 39-24. … Jacksonville remains without a win against Atlanta on the season.

Next up: The Icemen (4-12-2-1) travel to Estero in Lee County to meet the Florida Everblades Friday night.