President Donald Trump has reclassified Atlanta's Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site as a national historic park.

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, was approved by the Senate December 22, 2017 and was signed into law January 9, 2018 by Trump aboard Air Force One after landing in Marietta, Georgia, before traveling to the college football national championship in downtown Atlanta. King's niece, Alveda, was present for the private signing ceremony.

"Through his life and work, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. made America more just and free," White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters aboard Air Force One. "This important historical park tells his story, and this bill will help ensure that the park continues to tell Dr. King’s story for generations to come."

The now-historic park includes King's birth home, Ebenezer Baptist Church and the King Center (where King and his wife, Coretta, are entombed) among other spots around Atlanta. The bill adds the Prince Hall Masonic Temple, once the headquarters of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, to the holdings.

As a historic park, the roughly 34-acre area will receive more federal resources, park rangers, educational programming and community grants that will help support the park.

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Channel 2 hosts "Atlanta Idol" contest before the Tour Bus hits town.

Channel 2 WSB-TV, Atlanta's ABC affiliate, announced today that it will hold a local contest called "Atlanta Idol" that is open to any singer, between the ages of 15-28, who wants to audition for the show.

Producers for "American Idol" notified Channel 2 that the American Idol Bus Tour will hit Atlanta on Tuesday, August 22nd and will audition singers providing that they meet the show's requirements.

Channel 2 announced it will hold its own auditions prior to the arrival of the tour bus. "Atlanta Idol" gives local singers a chance to win a coveted Silver Ticket for the top rated contestant as well as five "Front of the Line" passes for the Tour Bus Auditions.

Beginning, Friday, July 28, 2017 and through August 7th, contestants can enter by uploading their audition videos to Channel 2's website, wsbtv.com/contests.

Channel 2 judges will select the top 30 auditions from those uploaded and invite the contestants to compete for the Silver Ticket in live auditions to be held at WSB Studios. Judges from Cox Media Group sister radio stations, B98.5  and KISS 104.1 FM, will join Channel 2's "Atlanta Idol". All judges will be announced a later date

The top contestant as rated by the contest judges will receive the Silver Ticket Award that allows the winner to skip the tour bus audition entirely and attend one of five regional "American Idol" auditions in front of show producers. The location of those auditions will be announced at a later date. The Silver Ticket winner receives airfare and hotel for them and one guest.

The "Front of the Line" passes allow the winners to move to the front of the line for the "American Idol" Tour Bus auditions being held in Atlanta, August 22.

For complete rules and details on how to enter "Atlanta Idol", visit wsbtv.com/contests.

About Channel 2 WSB-TV:

The ABC Affiliate is part of Cox Media Group and ranks as Atlanta's number one local television station. The station also operates its website, wsbtv.com, its mobile site, m.wsbtv.com, plus News, Weather, Wake-Up and Traffic Apps, airs ESCAPE on its digital sub-channel 2.2, and LAFF on 2.3. WSB-TV also provides news, weather and traffic on WSB-TV's on WSB-TV's Facebook page and on Twitter.

About Cox Media Group:

Cox Media Group is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company's operations currently include 14 broadcast television stations and one local cable channel, more than 60 radio stations, seven daily newspapers and 11 non-daily publications; and more than 100 digital sites and services, like Rare.us, Clark.com, Dawg Nation, SEC Country, Hookem.com, Mundo Hispanico, Southern Kitchen and All22. Additionally, CMG operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps - the country's biggest television rep firm - Gamut, and Videa. CMG currently operates in more than 20 media markets and reaches approximately 52 million Americans weekly, including more than 31 million TV viewers, more than 3.5 million newspaper readers, and nearly 15 million radio listeners.  For more information about Cox Media Group, please check us out online at www.coxmediagroup.com.

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Tuesday, 01 December 2015 08:55

Trio of Moves Solidify Atlanta’s Roster

The Gladiators Make Two Trades and Add Former ECHL Defenseman of the Year to Active Roster

The Atlanta Gladiators announced Tuesday that they have added defenseman Matt Register to the active roster, traded Zach Yuen to the Idaho Steelheads in exchange for rookie defenseman Cole Martin, and acquired forward Patrick D'Amico from the Colorado Eagles.

The Gladiators Add Matt Register to Active Roster

Register, 26, had his rights acquired by the Gladiators earlier this summer to complete the trade deadline deal that sent Garry Nunn to the Ontario Reign in March of 2015. The Calgary, Alberta native has been inactive this season after signing with Atlanta on September 23rd due to immigration issues that did not allow him to work in the United States. Before joining the Gladiators, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound defenseman spent the last three seasons with the Reign in which he registered 32 goals and 75 assists in 144 games played in Southern California.

During his tenure in Ontario, Register was named to the All-ECHL First Team in 2014 and 2015 along with being awarded the ECHL Defenseman of the Year honors in 2014. The fifth year pro was second on the team in playoff scoring with 18 points in 19 post-season contests last season in the Reign’s run to the Western Conference Finals.  Register also skated in six AHL games for the Chicago Wolves in 2014-15 posting four assists.

Atlanta Swaps Defensemen with Idaho, Sending Zach Yuen to Steelheads for Rookie Cole Martin

Martin, 21, skated in 15 games for the Steelheads this season where the rookie notched three goals and two assists for five points.  Prior to beginning his professional career this year, the 6-foot, 170-pound defenseman played 280 games over four seasons for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL).

In his final season with the Rockets, the Arlington, TX native ranked third among the team’s defensemen with 29 points and earned a WHL leading plus/minus rating of plus-61. In Martin’s last three years in Kelowna he registered 96 points and a plus-163 rating combined between the regular season and playoffs.

Yuen, 22, appeared in 17 games for Atlanta this season.  The Vancouver, BC native ranked second on the team in points by a defenseman with eight and complied a minus-2 rating.  The third year pro played a grand total of 52 games and tallied 24 points for the Gladiators dating back to last season.

Gladiators Acquire Forward Patrick D'Amico from the Colorado Eagles for Cash Considerations

D’Amico, 21 and in his first season of professional hockey, has played in 17 games for Colorado and amassed 4 points. The Winnipeg, MB native was a member of the WHL’s Regina Pats over the last three seasons.  The 6-foot, 210-pound forward posted 75 points in 160 games played in his time in a Pats jersey.

All three new additions to Atlanta’s roster are set to join the Gladiators immediately in preparation for this weekend’s games on the road in Orlando, FL vs. the Solar Bears on Saturday and Sunday.

The Atlanta Gladiators 13th season is now underway at the Infinite Energy Arena. Join the Gladiators for their next home game on Friday, December 11, 2015 at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at http://www.atlantagladiators.com/ or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Infinite Energy Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (http://www.snapchat.com/) at "gladshockey".

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At the regular meeting on Tuesday, September 8 the Decatur City Commission appointed Bill Bolling to finish out the remaining four months of former Mayor Pro Tempore Kecia Cunningham’s term, who resigned to take a job out of state. Commissioner Bolling is not one of the two candidates running for the District 2 seat (the election is November 3) and has stated he has no further political ambitions.

“We are fortunate to have Bill Bolling, a pillar of our community and long-time Decatur resident, agree to serve alongside us for the next few months on the Decatur City Commission,” said Mayor Jim Baskett. “Commissioner Bolling has had a long career in community service and I am confident he will do a great job as a City Commissioner through the end of the year.”

Commissioner Bolling founded the Atlanta Community Food Bank in 1979 and was its executive director until earlier this year, when he shifted into a senior advisor role. Prior to his association with the Food Bank, he served as director of community ministries for St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Atlanta. He continues to support other food initiatives in metro Atlanta and elsewhere, including the Food Well Alliance.

Born and raised in Lexington, North Carolina, Commissioner Bolling holds degrees from Central Piedmont College and Appalachian State University in Business and Education. He received his Master of Arts degree in Psychology and Counseling from the University of West Georgia in 1976. In July of 2003, he attended Harvard Business School, completing a course on Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management. He has served as an adjunct professor in the School of Management at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has taught classes at Georgia State, Emory and Oglethorpe Universities. Commissioner Bolling is a frequent speaker on topics related to hunger, poverty, regionalism, affordable housing and public policy reform.

Five City Commissioners are elected in nonpartisan elections for overlapping four-year terms - two from District 1, two from District 2, and one At-Large. Each January, Commissioners elect two of their fellow members to serve as Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem.

 

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The hottest goal scorer in the ECHL, Derek Nesbitt, continued his league-leading goal scoring streak to six games with the first goal of the contest. 

Nesbitt received a cross-ice pass from Garry Nunn and one-timed the puck over the blocker of the Steelhead’s starting goalie, Philippe Desrosiers. Nunn increased a scoring streak of his own to eight games with the assist on the night's first goal.

Idaho tied the game at one on an Emil Molin goal. The Swedish forward collected his third of the season on a shot from the slot after a Jefferson Dahl centering pass from behind the net. Rob Linsmayer got credit for the secondary assist and now has points in five straight games.

Tyler Murovich earned his second goal in as many games :48 seconds after the first Idaho notch. Mike Merrifield picked up an assist in his second straight game after sending the puck in front to Murovich waiting at the top of the crease. Atlanta's alternate captain scooped the puck in past Derosiers to give the Gladiators the 2-1 lead.

The Steelheads equaled the score again with just over eight minutes left in the first. Dahl notched his second point of the night and his fourth goal of the season. The Atlanta, GA native Zach Kamrass, got the lone assist on the goal that tied the game at two.

Atlanta took the lead yet again on a second-period tally from Nate Condon. The Wisconsin native took a pass from Tyler Shiplo who created a turnover in the neutral zone. Condon blew past both Steelhead defenders and slid the puck in under Derosiers on the breakaway for his second goal of the season.

Idaho equaled the score for the third time on the evening with just six seconds left in the middle period. Dahl sent a slap shot in past Gladiator’s goalie Matt Ginn from the high slot for his second of the night. Molin and Kamrass both received assists to give them multi-point evenings on the powerplay goal.

Brock Higgs took advantage of an Atlanta powerplay and scored for the second consecutive game early in period three. Higgs had his centering pass deflect in off the Steelhead’s defenseman Corbin Baldwin. Nunn and Yuen both notched their second points of the game with the assists on Higgs’ fourth goal of the season and the second powerplay marker of the game for Atlanta.

Idaho erased the Gladiator lead once again as Molin registered his second goal of the game at the 11:16 mark of the third period. Linsmayer sent a pass from behind the net to a wide-open Molin who made no mistake for his fourth of the year. Cole Martin was given credit for the secondary assist on the game-tying tally.

The game would shift to 3-on-3 overtime with both teams looking for the extra point in the standings. Higgs maneuvered around the Steelhead’s zone and eventually found Merrifield behind the defense on the backdoor with :58 seconds left in OT. Merrifield sent the puck into the wide-open net giving himself, along with Higgs, multi-point evenings and the fourth straight victory for Atlanta. The Gladiators now increase to 11 points on the young season in the standings.  In the overtime loss, Idaho earned a single point to improve to 10 points on the campaign.

Up Next:

Atlanta is back in action tomorrow night versus the same Steelheads at the CenturyLink Arena for the third and final game in Idaho at 9:10 P.M. EST.            

 

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The game’s first goal was scored by Atlanta with just over two minutes gone by in the game.

Garry Nunn worked the puck up to the top of the left circle, faked a shot and then slid to the middle and whistled the puck through traffic past the screened Everblades goaltender, Anthony Peters. Thomas Frazee and Zach Yuen both received assists on Nunn’s first goal of the season.

The Everblades quickly answered back with a powerplay goal 4:40 into the opening period. After some quick passing on the right side, a Branden O’Donnell blind pass out front led to an easy tap-in score for Kevin Lynch for the Everblades’ first goal of the contest. Matt Marquardt tallied a point with the secondary assist which gave him his seventh point of the season to increase his league lead in that category.

Todd Fiddler retook the lead for the Gladiators with help from the Nathan Condon who raced down the center of the ice off and received a seam pass from Derek Nesbitt creating a two-on-one for the Gladiators. Condon drew the defender to him and slid the puck to Fiddler who buried it into the back of the net on the one-timer to take the 2-1 lead into the first intermission.

After a scoreless second period, the Gladiators increased their lead to 3-1 early in the third stemming from the speed of Condon down the middle of the ice. The product of the University of Minnesota blazed his way past the Everblades defenders finding the captain, Nesbitt, in the slot for a wide-open back door goal at 3:06 of the third period. Nunn, who tallied the secondary assist, and Nesbitt notched their second points of the evening on the play.

Mike Aviani narrowed the gap to make it a one-goal game with exactly five minutes left in the third period. The North Vancouver, BC native tapped in the rebound after Gabriel Desjardins fed Mark Nemec, whose initial shot was saved by Atlanta’s goaltender Andy Iles. The goal was the second notch for Aviani on the year.

Kevin Albers sealed the win for the Gladiators with a late, empty-net goal from inside his own blue line. With the win, the Gladiators recorded their first victory of the season and improved their record to 1-1-1 for a total of three points on the young campaign. The Everblades fall to 3-1-0 on the year and stay at six points after four games played.

Up Next:

The same two teams face-off again at the Arena at Infinite Energy Center tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. as they meet each other for the fourth time this season. 

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Sunday, 15 November 2015 18:36

Gladiators Earn 4-1 Win Over Greenville

After a scoreless opening period, the second frame began favorably for the Gladiators as Brock Higgs was able to take advantage of the first powerplay opportunity for the home team.

Higgs potted home an Eric Neiley shot that rebounded off the chest of Greenville goaltender, Jeff Malcolm. Thomas Frazee was credited with the secondary assist and the goal was Higgs' sixth of the year.

Atlanta would capitalize on their second powerplay as well with just under eight minutes left in the middle period. Nolan Descoteaux, from the point, found Nathan Condon on the back side of Malcolm who deflected it between the legs of the Greenville Goaltender. The tally was Condon’s third of the season and was assisted by Neiley in addition to Descoteaux’s first point since joining Atlanta this past Thursday.

The Gladiators would add a third goal from Daniel Bahntge with 3:13 left in the second period. A Justin Buzzeo shot rebounded right to Bahntge in the far circle and he quickly slapped it into the upper-right corner for his second goal of the season. The goal also marks the fourth point of the year for the Westlake, Ohio native.

The Swamp Rabbits would tally their first goal 3:52 into the third period off the skate of Scott Fleming. Michael St. Croix took a shot that rebounded off Gladiators goaltender, Kent Patterson, and ricocheted off Fleming’s blade and into the net. The goal was the Plainfield, Ontario native’s third of the year.

J.T. Barnett would add an empty-net, short-handed goal to seal the win for the Gladiators with 2:10 remaining in the third period. Greenville misplayed the puck on the 6-on-4 man advantage that led to Barnett breaking away for the easy score to make it a 4-1 final.  Atlanta increased their point total to 15 on the campaign with the victory and dropped the Swamp Rabbits to 4-8-0.

Up Next:

The Atlanta Gladiators will next face the South Carolina Stingrays Saturday, November 25th at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center.

 

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Thursday, 12 November 2015 17:05

Descoteaux Signs with Gladiators

Atlanta Inks Former Gladiator and Kelly Cup Winning Defenseman

The Atlanta Gladiators announced Thursday that defenseman Nolan Descoteaux and the team have agreed to terms.

Descoteaux (pronounced DUH-coe-TOE), 26, began the current season as a member of the Rapid City Rush of the ECHL, tallying two assists in seven games in South Dakota. The second-year pro completed his first full season of professional hockey last year with the Allen Americans of the ECHL.  The Dallas, TX native skated in 58 games and amassed 16 points for the Americans, also appearing in eight playoff games for Allen en route to their first Kelly Cup championship.

No stranger to the Metro-Atlanta area, the 6-foot-0, 215-pound defenseman started his professional career in 2013-14 where he skated in 11 games for Atlanta (then Gwinnett) of the ECHL.  Descoteaux registered a goal and two assists for the Gladiators after he concluded he senior season at the NCAA’s Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T). The left-handed d-man compiled 27 points in his four collegiate seasons for the Tigers.

The Atlanta Gladiators 13th season is now underway at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center. Join the Gladiators for their next home game on Friday, November 13th at 7:35 PM. For ticket information, visit the official team website at http://www.atlantagladiators.com/ or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Infinite Energy Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth – where parking is always free. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit AtlantaGladiators.com, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators) follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/ATLGladiators), Instagram (www.instagram.com/atlgladiators) or Snapchat (http://www.snapchat.com/) at "gladshockey".  

 

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Wednesday, 16 September 2015 11:07

Nunn Rejoins Gladiators

The Atlanta Gladiators announced Wednesday that forward Garry Nunn will be back with the organization after agreeing to terms for the 2015-2016 season.

“I’m really excited to come back to where I truly believe is one of the best places to play in the whole league here in Atlanta,” said Nunn. “In addition, the team Coach Brandt has assembled is without a doubt going to make an impact this season and I want to be a part of it.”

Nunn, 25, Started the 2014-15 season with the Gladiators scoring 44 points in 55 games played.  In March, Nunn was traded to the Ontario Reign for the final 15 games of the regular season where he would compile 21 points, the most of any Reign player in that time span.  The 5-foot-9, 175-pound forward was the leading scorer for the Reign in the playoffs as well amassing 21 points in 19 games played in route to an appearance in the ECHL’s Western Conference Finals.  In 287 career ECHL games, the Victoria, BC native has registered 194 points with Alaska, Atlanta (formally Gwinnett) and Ontario.  Nunn was a member of the Alaska’s 2010-11 Kelley Cup Championship team and has produced 39 points in 47 career professional playoff games.

“Garry is a huge addition to our team in that he brings a lot of leadership, playoff experience and a great track record of winning,” added Brandt.  “Nunn not only adds a ton of skill and offensive punch to our group of forwards, but also brings an unrivaled work ethic night in and night out who will once again be an integral part of our lineup.”

In addition to his time in the ECHL, Nunn has a year of European professional hockey under his belt as the forward spent the 2013-14 season in Italy’s Serie A, the top professional hockey league in Italy. In 42 matches for the Hockey Club Valpellice, Nunn managed 18 goals and 32 assists for 50 points.  Prior to his professional career, Nunn skated three full seasons in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Vancouver Giants and Edmonton Oil Kings.  While appearing in 180 WHL games, Nunn collected 52 goals and 80 assists.

“I feel that this team is not only going to get into the playoffs but has a legit shot at making a deep run at a championship,” added Nunn.  “I look forward to being a leader on this team and using the experience I have gained in the past to help the Gladiators win the Kelley Cup.”

The Gladiators are set to drop the puck on their 13th season at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center in October 2015. For ticket information, visit the official team website at Atlanta Gladiators or call the main office line at 770-497-5100.

The Gladiators are members of the ECHL, the nation’s premier "AA" hockey league. All home games are played at the 11,355-seat Arena at Infinite Energy Center, located just off I-85 on Sugarloaf Parkway in Duluth - where parking is always free. The Gladiators have established an unrivaled commitment to excellence, maintaining a distinctive reputation for affordable and family-friendly sports entertainment and consistently ranked as one of the top “Things To Do” in the Atlanta area and across the North Georgia region.

For all the latest team news, contests, and more visit Atlanta Gladiators, or “like” the Gladiators on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AtlantaGladiators), follow the team on Twitter (www.twitter.com/atlgladiators).  

 

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Thursday, 05 November 2015 08:57

Gladiators Win Third Straight

Gladiators Win Third Straight with 5-4 Victory in Idaho

Atlanta struck first on Tyler Murovich’s second goal of the season just over three minutes into the game. Daniel Bahntge flew into the zone and fired a shot on goal from his knees after being tripped to the ice. It took Murovich three tries from the goalmouth on the rebound to send the puck into the goal and give Atlanta the early 1-0 lead.

Just :48 seconds later Garry Nunn gave the Gladiators a 2-0 advantage on his second of the season. Nunn received a long feed from Thomas Frazee and powered his way to the front of the net and slid the puck in under the Steelhead’s goalie Eric Hartzell. The goal extended Nunn’s point streak to seven games and earned him his ninth point of the season. Frazee also captured his ninth point of the season and prolonged a point streak of his own to five straight on the road.

Brock Higgs put Atlanta up by three on a shorthanded goal with :24 seconds left in the period. Mike Merrifiel in his first game back from Injury started the play by intercepting a pass in his own end. The product of Michigan State University lead the 2-on-1 rush the other way and found Higgs on a cross-crease pass for the third Gladiators tally in the opening period.

It took Idaho only :12 seconds to respond with their first goal of the contest. Andre Bouvet-Morrissette circled the back of the net and sent the puck to Taylor Peters in front. Peters wired it home from the slot and picked up his fourth marker of the season on the powerplay goal to cut the Gladiator’s lead to two.

The Steelheads added to a busy last minute of the opening frame on a goal with under a second remaining in the period. Brandon Magee won the offensive zone faceoff back to the point to Tommy Fallen. The rookie defender wristed a shot through traffic in front that found the back of the net right before the horn sounded. The first career professional goal for Fallen sent to the teams to the first intermission with a 3-2 Atlanta lead.

Idaho carried the momentum into the second period and tied the game just 1:18 into the middle frame. Magee got his second assist and second point of the game on a Colton Beck goal. Magee’s centering pass was tipped home by Beck from the goal crease for his fourth of the season and third of the game for the Steelheads to equalize the score.

Magee earned his first goal and third point of the night four minutes later and gave Idaho their first lead of the game. Beck dropped off the puck on the 3-on-1 rush to the on-coming Magee who fired his third of the season in past Gladiator’s netminder Matt Ginn.

Brad Navin evened the score at four with the second shorthanded goal of the night for Atlanta three minutes into the third period. The Wisconsin native picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and walked into the Steelhead's end uncontested where the rookie forward rifled one in along the ice between the legs of Hartzell. The tally gave Navin his second career goal of his professional career.

Former Steelhead, Derek Nesbitt, collected a long pass from Joe Stejskal and entered the Idaho zone down the far side. The member of the 2006-07 Steelhead's Kelly Cup Championship winning team blasted a slap shot past Hartzell to get the Gladiators the lead back with a little over 11 minutes left in the game. Defending a shorthanded 6-on-3 advantage with the Idaho net empty, Ginn made several game-saving saves to complete the comeback victory for the Gladiators.

Atlanta collected their fourth win on the season, extended their win streak to three games and improved to nine points on the campaign in the winning effort. The loss dropped Idaho to 4-4-1-0 as they remain at nine points.

Up Next:

Atlanta will have the day off tomorrow and are back in action against the same Idaho Steelheads at the CenturyLink Arena Friday night at 9:10 P.M. EST.       

 

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