Toivonen Stops 25 of 26 Shots in the Loss


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Duluth, GA - A goal scored 5:31 into the first period proved to be the game-winner as the Solar Bears fell 1-0 to the Gladiators at the Arena at Gwinnett Center on Thanksgiving night.
Scott Tanski
The Gladiators got out to a strong start, notching the game's first goal 5:31 into the contest. F Tyler Murovich skated up the right wing and found D Cody Brookwell, who found a shooting lane through some traffic and put the puck in the back of the net. It was the lone goal of the opening frame.

Brookwell's first period goal would prove to be the lone goal scored in the game, as Orlando G Hannu Toivonen and Gwinnett netminder Mike Lee traded saves for the remainder of the contest. Toivonen would end the game with 25 saves on 26 shots, while Lee stopped all 22 shots he faced.

Three Stars: 1. M. Lee (GWT); 2. C. Brookwell (GWT); 3. K. Lawson (GWT)
Power Plays: ORL: 0/1; GWT: 0/1
Shots: ORL: 22; GWT: 26

The Solar Bears were shutout for just the second time this season... Orlando is winless in five games against Gwinnett (0-4-1-0), but have lost four of those games by just one goal... D Bryce Lampman did not play tonight but is hopeful to return tomorrow... RW Chris Lawrence did not play tonight but is with the team on the trip.

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