The Gwinnett Gladitors held on against a late surge by the Sea Wolves to sweep the 2 game series with Mississippi by a score of 3-2. Mississippi, 1-5 on the season, now sit at the bottom of the American South Division while four Lightning prospects have a combined 1 assist on the season for the Sea Wolves.
After being scratched from the lineup for two games, Marek Kvapil returned to the lineup.
Gwinnett 3 @ Mississippi 2
F Marek Kvapil: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 2 SOG
F Radek Smolenak: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Zbynek Hrdel: 0-0-0; Even; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Brandon Elliott: 0-0-0; -1; 2 PIM (roughing); 0 SOG
Former Bolt goaltending prospect Morgan Cey earned *Third Star* honors. The Sea Wolves play again Sunday at 5:05pm against the Texas Wildcatters.
The Gwinnett Gladitors broke open a 2-2 tie scoring 4 goals in the 3rd period amid undisciplined hockey by the Sea Wolves. Mississippi, now 1-4 on the season, failed to convert on 6 power play opportunities while allowing the Gladitors to score half of their 6 tallies on the man advantage.
Marek Kvapil was missing from the lineup for the second consecutive game.
Former Bolt goaltending prospect Morgan Cey was peppered with 47 shots with 39 of them coming in the 2nd and 3rd periods. The two game series with Gwinnett concludes tonight at 7:05pm.
Radek Smolenak finally broke the scoresheet for Lightning prospects as his point shot on the power play was banged home by Travis Lisabeth. Mississippi had started the season 0-for-15 on the power play. The Sea Wolves would ultimately earn their first victory of the 2007-2008 season with a 4-3 shootout win over the visiting Pensacola Ice Pilots. Zbynek Hrdel was held off the score sheet for the second consecutive game, while Marek Kvapil was apparent scratch for the contest. Neither Smolenak nor Hrdel was used by Mississippi head coach Steffon Walby during the shootout, with Travis Lisabeth finally converting as Walby's sixth shooter.
The Reading Royals played spoiler to the return of hockey to the Gulf Coast after a two-year hiatus following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The Royals peppered former Lightning prospect Morgan Cey with 44 shots enroute to a decisive 5-2 victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Lightning prospects have been held off the scoresheet in the Wolves' first three games