DULUTH -- The Gwinnett Gladiators notched a 3-0 win over the Cincinnati Cyclones on Sunday night at the Arena at Gwinnett Center to even the best-of-seven, Eastern Conference Semifinals at one game each.
Justin Bowers got the Gladiators on the board with a power play goal at 17:56 into the first period. Sacha Guimond's shot from the point trickled past Cyclones netminder Michael Houser and sat on the goal line where Bowers found the loose puck and tipped it home. Doug Jones also had an assist on the goal for Gwinnett.
Gwinnett extended its lead to 2-0 on Domenic Monardo's third goal of the playoffs for Gwinnett. Monardo worked off the left wing boards and used a screen by Evan Bloodoff to beat Houser through traffic for the power play goal. Ryan Donald and Ryan Ginand each collected an assist on the goal.
Donald put the game away with a shorthanded, empty net goals with 43 seconds left in the third period. On a defensive zone draw, Tyler Murovich was able to jam the puck off the face-off over to Donald as the defenseman threw the puck the length of the ice for the marker.
Gladiators goaltender Louis Domingue collected his second shutout of the post season as he made 22 saves in the win for Gwinnett.
Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals against the Cincinnati Cyclones is Wednesday at the USBank Arena at 7:30 p.m.
The Gladiators are the ECHL Affiliate of the Phoenix Coyotes of the National Hockey League and are members of the ECHL, the Premier "AA" Hockey League and play all home games at the 11,355-seat Arena at Gwinnett Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth.