ESTERO, Fla. (CW69 News at 10) — The Atlanta Gladiators fell late to the Florida Everblades in a 3-1 decision in ECHL action at Hertz Arena in Estero on Wednesday night.

Cody Sylvester scored the lone goal for Atlanta, but three unanswered goals by Florida sunk the Gladiators in the third period. 

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Atlanta appeared to have scored midway through the first period when Derek Nesbitt fired a shot from a sharp angle for a shorthanded goal. After further review, the goal was disallowed due to the fact that the net was dislodged, and it was deemed that the puck would not have crossed the goal line. 

The Gladiators took a 1-0 lead after a shorthanded goal by Cody Sylvester late in the second period. The Everblades leveled the game at 1-1 after a power-play goal from Robert Carpenter early in the third period. 

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Florida picked up a 2-1 lead midway through the third period after a scramble for the puck in front of the net was batted past Atlanta goaltender Tyler Parks. Florida was able to seal the deal a short later in the third on an empty-netter with under a minute left in the game.

Parks finished the game with 33 saves on 35 shots for the Gladiators. Florida goalie Devin Cooley recorded 23 saves on 24 shots for the Everblades.

The Gladiators battle the Everblades again in Estero on Friday night and Saturday night. Following that, there are games in Orlando and Jacksonville before they come back home to Gas South Arena to face the Everblades on New Year’s Eve. Tickets are still available for that contest by checking with the Gladiators front office at 770-497-5100.

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The Atlanta Gladiators are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL‘s Ottawa Senators and AHL‘s Belleville Senators. Home ice for the Gladiators is at Gas South Arena in Duluth.