Allen Americans vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Sat Jan 06, 2018
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads and Allen Americans take the ice again on Saturday night after the Steelheads opened 2018 on Friday with a 6-3 win over Allen at CenturyLink Arena. The win for Idaho was the 100th of Neil Graham’s head coaching career and moved the Steelheads into third place in the Mountain Division, one point back of second-place Wichita. The Americans sit two points back of the Steelheads and have lost three in a row.
Jefferson Dahl and Will Merchant both recorded three-point nights on Friday, with the Steelheads scoring three unanswered goals in the third period to snap a 3-3 tie. Six different players scored for Idaho, with the Steelheads recording a power play goal and a shorthanded goal against Allen. Philippe Desrosiers made 21 saves to earn his 14th win of the season, third-most in the ECHL this season.
Jefferson Dahl and Henrik Samuelsson both scored for Idaho, now both with points in eight of their last nine games and with Dahl scoring eight goals in the past nine. The line of Dahl, Samuelsson, and Cole Ully has combined for seven goals and 16 points over the last five games. Idaho’s second line may have had an even better game, with Steve McParland scoring for the third straight game and adding an assist. Will Merchant had a goal and two assists and also has goals in back-to-back games, while Justin Parizek netted a shorthanded goal and added an assist in his first game since being selected to the ECHL All-Star Classic.
Idaho’s top defense pairing of Charlie Dodero and Corbin Baldwin finished the game with a plus-4 rating, the best recorded by a Steelhead in a game this season. The pair also got involved in the offense, with Dodero scoring on a neutral zone drive past Allen’s Jeremy Brodeur and later springing a 2-on-1 with a stretch pass that led to Will Merchant’s goal. Baldwin also had an assist with three shots on goal. Joel Chouinard, Allen’s leader in plus/minus and the league leader last season, finished minus-2 and is minus-8 over the last three games after posting a plus-16 in the prior seven contests.
He’s Still Got It…
With injuries and suspensions straining the Americans’ roster numbers, two-time Kelly Cup winner Gary Steffes came out of retirement and joined the Americans in Idaho. Playing his first game since May 9th, during last year’s playoffs, Steffes recorded two assists and five shots along with a plus-2 rating. That included a set-up of an Alex Schoenborn goal on a backhand feed from the left-wing boards. Steffes added to his impressive career totals, now with 202 career points in 261 ECHL games.
Goals: McParland (15)
Assists: J. Dahl (18)
Points: J. Dahl (31)
Plus/Minus: Faust (+9)
Power Play Goals: McParland/Samuelsson (6)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.43)
Goals: Moore (12)
Assists: Pierro-Zabotel (29)
Points: Pierro-Zabotel (39)
Plus/Minus: Chouinard (+17)
Power Play Goals: Roy (4)
Goals-Against Average: Brodeur (2.94)
Faragher, Steelheads shut down Americans
Play of the gameJustin Parizek’s second shorthanded goal in as many nights capped off a strong full-ice play by Idaho’s forward tandem on the penalty kill. After Parizek blocked a pass to the point, Jefferson Dahl skated forward for what appeared to be a 2-on-2 rush. With Dahl’s patience on the left wing, Parizek raced past Eric Roy and got behind Joel Chouinard. Dahl feathered a pass to the front of the net for Parizek to snap past Stephon Williams before sliding into the wall, Parizek’s first of two scores on the night.
Boise, ID (1/6/18)— Ryan Faragher stopped all 22 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season and Justin Parizek netted two goals, as the Idaho Steelheads (20-10-5) blanked the Allen Americans (18-11-5) 5-0 in front of a sold-out crowd of 5,046 fans at CenturyLink Arena on Saturday night. The Steelheads moved into second place in the Mountain Division with their fifth win in their last six contests at CenturyLink Arena.
Jefferson Dahl posted a three-point game, his second in as many nights, and he and Steve McParland both scored goals to extend their respective goal-scoring streaks to four games.
Dahl and Parizek teamed up to open the scoring for Idaho at 6:49 of the first period with a 5-on-3 power play goal, McParland finding Dahl in front from below the goal line for Dahl’s 14th goal of the season. It was the third time in the last four games that Dahl has scored the game’s opening goal. The Steelheads’ captain has nine goals and 17 points in his last ten games.
The Steelheads penalty kill would strike early in the second to expand the lead, with Dahl feathering a pass to the front of the Allen net for a charging Parizek to bury his second shorthanded goal in two nights and his 14th goal of the season for a 2-0 Idaho lead. The Steelheads have recorded six shorthanded goals this season, tied for seventh in the ECHL.
Parizek struck again at 11:37 of the second on a 2-on-1 with Will Merchant, burying a one-timer for his 15th of the year and a 3-0 lead, as well as his second two-goal game as a professional. The Steelhead power play would get an opportunity to add to the lead when Olivier Archambault was assessed a double-minor for roughing and a game misconduct for going after Charlie Dodero behind the Idaho net. Cole Ully would capitalize with his third of the season from between the circles to make it 4-0.
Idaho added one last goal at 11:09 of the third period when McParland beat goaltender Stephon Williams on a breakaway. Allen’s Bryan Moore chased after Parizek after a hit in the neutral zone, which drew everyone’s attention away from the play except for McParland who took a Charlie Dodero feed and cruised in for his 16th goal of the year.
Moore and Parizek were both given ten-minute misconducts, ending their nights.
Faragher made ten stops in the first period, his heaviest workload of the night. Idaho surrendered just four shots in the final period.
The Steelheads played before their seventh sellout crowd in 20 home games this season.
The Steelheads welcome the Kalamazoo Wings to Boise for the first time ever on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Arena. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and seen on Cable One and ECHLTV.
Goals: Dahl (14), Parizek (14, 15), Ully (3), McParland (16)
Ryan Faragher: 22 saves on 22 shots
Power Play: 2-for-8
Penalty Kill: 8-for-8
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Ryan Faragher IDH
- Jefferson Dahl IDH
- Justin Parizek IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Justin Parizek: 2 goals (1 shorthanded), 2 shots, plus-3 rating