Shin Lifts Glads over Ghost Pirates with Overtime Winner

November 13, 2022 — ECHL (ECHL) — Atlanta Gladiators news release

DULUTH, Ga. — The Atlanta Gladiators (5-3-0-0) finished off the Savannah Ghost Pirates (5-2-2-0) with a 4-3 victory in overtime thanks to Sanghoon Shin’s late-overtime game-winner frame . Eric Neiley scored two goals for Atlanta in the win while Derek Topatigh collected three assists. During the first break, the Gladiators retired Derek Nesbitt’s number 17 by unfurling his banner in the rafters of Gas South Arena.

First star: Sanghoon Shin (ATL) – game-winning goal

Second star: Eric Neiley (ATL) – two goals

Third Star: Derek Topatigh (ATL) – three assists

Atlanta hit on the power play with a historic marker in the first period. A shot from Derek Topatigh from the right circle saw Eric Neiley tipped the puck into the net for his 80th career Gladiators goal and sent it past Brad Schell for third place all Gladiators goals (3:54).

In the final seconds of the first frame, Gabe Gürtler put pressure on the Savannah Zone with a solo offensive. After Reece Vitelli forced a turnover, he returned the puck to Guertler, who dangled around Ghost Pirates goalie Isaiah Seville and hit with a backhand to put the Glads ahead by two (19:51).

After an extended first-half hiatus as the Gladiators celebrated the retirement of longtime captain Derek Nesbitt, the Ghost Pirates found their footing with three second-half goals.

Daniel D’Amato struck from the blue line with an eyeshot while Savannah operated on her first power play of the day (2:10). Minutes later, rookie Logan Drevitch scored his first professional goal to make it 2:2 (3:55). Late in the second round, Brent Pederson netted his fourth of the season to put the Ghost Pirates ahead for the first time (17:35).

Eric Neiley sacked his second goal of the game while Atlanta were short-handed midway through the second goal to level the Glads 3-3 (5-15). After neither team could make a move in the remainder of the third game, the game went into overtime for the first time in Atlanta’s season.

Both clubs traded chances in the third period but it was Atlanta’s Sanghoon Shin who sent the home crowd into a frenzy late into extra time. Derek Topatigh brought the puck into the offensive zone and hit a grazing shin in front of the Savannah net to win the game (6:40). The assist marked Topatigh’s third game.

Atlanta goaltender Tyler Parks finished the game with 44 saves on 47 shots, while Savannah’s Sevilla stopped 44 of 48.

The Gladiators next play the Florida Everblades on Wednesday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Estero, Florida.

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