TRENTON, N.J. -- Joey Haddad scored the winning goal in the third and Coyotes prospect Louis Domingue stood tall between the pipes, as the Gwinnett Gladiators knocked off the Trenton Titans 3-2 Wednesday night at the Sun National Bank Center.
Defenseman Sacha Guimond rifled a shot in from the far point that Haddad managed to deflect past Titans (18-23-3-3) goalie Scott Wedgewood at the 12:37 mark of the third to give Gwinnett (29-18-2-1) a 3-1 lead. The eventual game-winning tally was also assisted by Alex Belzile, but Trenton managed to cut the lead in half just seven seconds later.
Mike Ullrich led an odd-man rush right off the following faceoff and beat Domingue from close-in to make it 3-2. The Gladiators hung on the rest of the way however, and Domingue made 29 stops to help the Gladiators gain ground in the South Division race on idle Greenville.
Scott Arnold tapped in the lone goal of the first period to give Gwinnett the edge. Forward Andy Brandt generated a couple of shots from the far side on Wedgewood, and Arnold was ready at the near post when the rebound squirted free for his fourth goal of the season at the 15:20 mark.
Trenton drew even just 2:12 into the middle period with Jacob Cepis finding the back of the net. Gwinnett jumped back ahead, however, at 7:53.
After a flurry of chances and a delayed penalty call on the Titans, Cody Brookwell stepped into a slap shot from the far point that beat a screen Wedgewood to make it a 2-1 game into the third. Arnold and Jason Clark had the helpers.
The Gladiators return to action Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. in Wheeling against the Nailers.