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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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Wednesday, 28 October 2015 19:54

Ginn Assigned to Gladiators from AHL Providence

Goaltender Returns to Atlanta After Seeing Action with Providence Bruins

Matt Ginn, who spent time with Atlanta during the team's Training Camp earlier this month, has be re-assigned to the Gladiators by the AHL's Providence Bruins.

While with the Providence Bruins, the goaltender made one start, a 3-1 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Ginn was assigned to the Gladiators on October 4th, in the midst of camp, before being recalled to Providence on October 9th. The Ontario native also spent time in the ECHL last season, joining the Florida Everblades after completing his collegiate career with Holy Cross College. While with Florida, Ginn registered a 5-1-1 record with a .932 save percentage and 2.12 GAA.

In a separate transaction, the Gladiators announced today that they have traded forward Todd Fiddler to the Wichita Thunder in exchange for future considerations. In five games with Atlanta, Fiddler had one goal and one assist for two total points and a -3 plus/minus rating.

The Atlanta Gladiators 13th season is now underway at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center. Join the Gladiators for their next home game on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 7:05 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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Friday, 13 November 2015 17:36

Atlanta Falls to Adirondack 4-1

Coming off two consecutive lopsided losses, the Atlanta Gladiators struck first early in the first period, on their first shot against the Adirondack Thunder. Max Everson capitalized on the first powerplay opportunity for the Gladiators 2:45 into the first frame with a slap shot from distance that best Thunder goaltender, Ken Appleby. It marked the third goal of the season for the rookie while Derek Nesbitt and Eric Neiley each picked up assists on the play.

It didn’t take long for the Thunder to equalize. Just over three minutes after Atlanta’s goal, the puck took an unfortunate bounce off the boards and was mishandled by Gladiators goaltender Matt Ginn behind the net.  Adirondack’s Mitchell Heard found it at the top of the crease for an easy shot into an open net. The score was the Ontario native’s fourth goal and eighth point of the season.

Adirondack was able to take the lead just 20 seconds later after a turnover in the defensive zone for Atlanta. The Thunder’s Kyle Flanagan was able to intercept a pass and found his teammate, Greg Wolfe, who maneuvered across the face of Ginn's net and beat him on his glove side for his second goal of the season. Flanagan notched his eighth assist of the year on the play.

The second period saw its only goal come off the stick of Adirondack forward, Flanagan. Michael Kirkpatrick led a 2-on-1 break on the left side and passed to the trailing Flanagan who blasted a wrist shot over the glove of Ginn. The score marks Flanagan’s first goal for the rookie out of Canton, New York.

Flanagan would add an empty-net goal to seal the game with 52 seconds left in the third period. The score was the second of the game and his third point of the night. Mike Bergin and David Shield were credited with the assists.

Atlanta now has lost three straight games dropping their record to 6-5-1 for 13 points on the year. Adirondack continued their great start improving to 9-1 on the year for 18 points with the victory.

Up Next:

Atlanta plays next again vs. the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Military Appreciation Day this Sunday at 2:05 P.M on home ice at The Arena at Infinite Energy Center.

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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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