Idaho Steelheads fall to Atlanta; play again Saturday

The teams traded the game’s first eight goals, then Mike Merrifield scored at 4:02 of overtime as the Gladiators knocked off Idaho 5-4 on Friday night in an ECHL hockey game before an announced crowd of 4,283 at CenturyLink Arena.

Emil Molin and Jefferson Dahl each scored two goals for the Steelheads, including Molin’s second at 11:16 of the third to force overtime.

Idaho hosts Atlanta at 7:10 p.m. Saturday at CenturyLink Arena before embarking on an 18-day road trip.