Gladiators and Sharks Continue to Battle for the Top Spot

HERNANDO, Miss.— Week six was the busiest week of the season with four games on the slate, including a blowout, two close games, and a tie.

The Gladiators (5-3) and Dr. W.E. Middleton’s Sharks (5-3) began the week with a heated contest to determine first place as the regular season winded down. The first half saw the Gladiators take a two-goal lead, 9-7, into intermission. Austin Wiggins continued his scorching season with a hat trick in the first half and the Sharks kept it close behind two goals and one assist by Noah May.

The second half featured some of the most competitive hockey played all season. The teams traded blows and found themselves tied with 29 seconds remaining. Following a roughing call, the Gladiators’ goalie stopped the penalty shot to seal the 13-13 tie.

Game two featured the Sharks (5-3-1) and the last-place Stars (2-5). The Sharks used the momentum from the previous night to cruise to a 6-3 halftime lead. The Stars found the back of the net more successfully in the second half, but it wasn't enough as the Sharks’ undefeated streak stretched to seven games. The Stars’ Hunter Cleary turned in another magnificent performance with three goals and one assist in the losing effort. Conner Iverson, who tallied another hat trick, led the Sharks’ attack.

The final two games of the week saw the Gladiators (5-3-1) and Stars (2-6) face off. In both games, the Gladiators were too strong for the Stars, falling 13-8 and 16-3 respectively. The Stars’ Brady Bienvenu had good performances in the two games, tallying three goals and two assists. Tristian Ogle was a huge part of the Gladiators win on Thursday, with two goals and an assist, and Zack White turned in his first hat trick of the season on Friday.

Week seven hosts the final two games of the regular season and will be the last chance for the Gladiators and Sharks to take control of first place and automatically receive a bid for the championship game. The Stars have one more game to prepare for the playoff game on Thursday night.

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Posted by Colby Dorris at 4:29 PM

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