The Atlanta Gladiators jumped out to a three-goal lead, then rallied with two third-period goals to beat Idaho 5-4 on Wednesday at CenturyLink Arena.
Former Steelhead Derek Nesbitt scored the game-winner 9 minutes, 49 seconds into the third, his sixth goal of the season, for Atlanta (4-2-1). The Gladiators had two short-handed goals, including one with 24 seconds left in the first period to gain a 3-0 advantage.
Idaho (4-4-1) responded 12 seconds later in its power play, with Taylor Peters scoring his fourth of the year, and Tommy Fallen cut the deficit to one as time expired into the period. Colton Beck tied it 3-3 at 1:08 of the second. Brandon Magee, who set up Beck on the game-tying goal, put the Steelheads ahead off a Beck assist to Idaho’s four-goal run over 5:15.
Beck and Magee each had two assists to accompany their goals, and Idaho’s penalty kill was 6-for-6. Eric Hartzell and Philippe Desrosiers combined for 22 saves.
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Two more at home
Series: vs. Atlanta Gladiators (formerly Gwinnett Gladiators), 7:10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Tickets: CenturyLink box office, 331-8497 or IdahoSteelheads.com
Radio/TV: 1350 AM and Cable One channel 72
Records: Atlanta is 4-2-1; Idaho is 4-4-1
Note: Saturday is Military Appreciation Night (jersey auction benefits St. Luke’s Rehabilitation).