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Steelheads Game Day Storylines at Atlanta

March 13, 2018 - ECHL (ECHL) - Idaho Steelheads News Release

Steel Reel

The Steelheads make their first visit of the season to the eastern time zone on Tuesday with their first visit to Atlanta since January 2016, facing the Atlanta Gladiators at Infinite Energy Arena. The Steelheads earned back-to-back overtime wins against the Mavericks and have points in three straight entering Tuesday night's contest. The Gladiators have lost five of their last six and look to rebound from a 5-0 loss on Wednesday in South Carolina.

Steve McParland netted the overtime winner on Saturday night against Kansas City, beating goaltender Adam Carlson with 53 seconds remaining for a 3-2 win. McParland also scored in regulation, as did Brady Brassart. Goaltender Tomas Sholl made 31 saves on his way to earning his first Steelheads victory, and ultimately ECHL Goaltender of the Week honors.

On the Fringe...

As was the case over the last two weeks, the Steelheads face a team battling on the playoff bubble. The Gladiators' recent slide has placed them in the South Division's final playoff spot, still six points clear of fifth-place Norfolk. Tuesday's game will be Idaho's fourth consecutive contest against a team fighting to maintain its division's final playoff spot. The Steelheads can take another step towards securing their own post-season destiny, with their magic number currently sitting at nine points either gained by Idaho or lost by Tulsa.

Dual Threat...

Linemates Brady Brassart and Steve McParland picked up where they left off last weekend after McParland was returned to Idaho following his professional tryout with the Texas Stars. McParland earned his fourth multi-goal game of the season, raising his team-leading total for the season to 27. McParland has four goals and five points during a four-game points streak. Brassart carries a three-game goal-scoring streak into Tuesday's action, giving him five goals and 13 points in his last 11 outings.

Former Fish...

The Gladiators lineup features several former Steelheads playing big roles. Derek Nesbitt has been a prominent member of the Gladiators for six seasons since 2005, playing in 313 games for the Gladiators and collecting 269 points. But Steelheads fans will remember Nesbitt from his one season in Idaho in 2006-07, when he notched 30 goals and 81 points in 66 games and helped lead the Steelheads to a Kelly Cup title. Branden Troock was a trade deadline acquisition for the Gladiators from Greenville and has appeared in three games for Atlanta, but he was a Steelhead for parts of three seasons from 2014 to 2017, appearing in 28 games for ten goals and 16 points.

Idaho Leaders Gladiators Leaders

Goals: McParland (27) Goals: Lane (27)

Assists: J. Dahl (36) Assists: Sparks (41)

Points: J. Dahl (56) Points: Sparks (53)

Plus/Minus: McParland (+22) Plus/Minus: Vandane (+17)

Power Play Goals: McParland (9) Power Play Goals: Vail/Nesbitt (4)

Goals-Against Average: Sholl (1.89) Goals-Against Average: Bonar (2.55)

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