Allen Americans vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Wed Nov 22, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads begin a six-game home stand on Wednesday night when they host the Allen Americans for the first of three contests at CenturyLink Arena. The Steelheads return from a five-game road trip with a season-high four-game winning streak, while the Americans are coming off a defeat in Wichita but have points in five of their last six contests. The teams enter the series separated by one point in the Mountain Division standings.
The Steelheads earned a comeback win on Saturday, a 3-2 decision in Rapid City. Idaho scored three unanswered in the final period, with Justin Parizek, Mitch Moroz, and AJ White scoring for the Steelheads, White netting the fourth shorthanded goal of the season for Idaho. Philippe Desrosiers stopped 22 shots for his sixth win of the year.
Third Period Team…
The Steelheads’ win on Saturday was the second time in the past four contests that Idaho has overcome a two-goal third period deficit to win. The first instance came in Allen on November 11th, a 5-4 shootout win. The Steelheads’ third period goal differential is plus-11, tied for the best mark in the ECHL with Toledo and Florida. The Steelheads have also scored 21 third period goals, tied for third in the league with seven of those goals coming in the past four games. Idaho’s five points earned this year when trailing after two periods are also the most in the league, while they are 6-0-0 in games led after 40 minutes.
Brady Brassart’s scoring streak ended on Saturday at a career-high nine games, but his linemate continues to roll. Justin Parizek has points in six straight games, logging four goals and seven points over that span. Already 15 games into his pro career, the rookie forward has yet to go consecutive games without a goal. Parizek enters Wednesday’s game ranked second among ECHL rookies in both goals (9) and points (17). He’s also tied for second among rookies with three power play goals, the last of which came Saturday in Rapid City.
After spending the 2016-17 season in Wichita, Vincent Arseneau is back in Allen this year and accepting a role as one of the offensive leaders. The power forward has scored goals in four straight games and in five of the last six, including a marker in each of the two games this season against the Steelheads. Arseneau’s scoring touch has been critical for an Americans team whose leading goal-scorer, Zach Pochiro, has been on injured reserve and has not seen game action since November 5th.
Goals: Parizek (9)
Assists: Brassart (10)
Points: Brassart (18)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+10)
Power Play Goals: McParland (4)
Goals-Against Average: Faragher (2.00)
Goals: Pochiro (7)
Assists: Pierro-Zabotel (14)
Points: Pierro-Zabotel (18)
Plus/Minus: Pochiro (+7)
Power Play Goals: Four players (2)
Goals-Against Average: Williams (2.64)
Arseneau, Americans snap Steelheads winning streak
Play of the gameThe Steelheads were getting their chances in the third period, trailing by a goal late. That comeback effort was dealt a blow when Daniel Leavens intercepted a Steelheads pass in the neutral zone and brought it back in on a 1-on-2 rush. Leavens fired the puck wide, but both Steelheads defenders let him go as he raced to the net to bury his own rebound off the boards. With just over four minutes left, Idaho found itself with a two-goal deficit it could not overcome.
Boise, ID (11/22/17)— Vincent Arseneau’s third period deflection extended his goal-scoring streak to five games and held up as the game-winner, as the Allen Americans (9-5-3) held off a third period comeback effort to beat the Idaho Steelheads (8-4-4) 3-1 on Wednesday night in front of 4,320 fans at CenturyLink Arena. The loss for Idaho ended a four-game winning streak.
Justin Parizek scored 1:10 into the third period to erase a 1-0 deficit, a third period effort that saw Idaho outshoot the Americans 17-4. But the Americans would answer back with Arseneau’s goal followed by a tally from Daniel Leavens to put the game out of reach.
Parizek’s goal came on a shot from just above the goal line, off to the left of Allen goaltender Jeremy Brodeur. From the sharp angle, Parizek lifted a wrist shot up under the cross bar for his tenth goal of the season, extending his personal points streak to seven games and tying the game 1-1.
Arseneau would answer for the Americans at 5:26, deflecting a David Makowski point shot over the shoulder of Ryan Faragher for his sixth goal of the season and a 2-1 Allen lead. That lead became 3-1 at 15:56 when Leavens fired a shot wide on a 1-on-2 attack and won the race to his own rebound off the end boards to slide his first of the year under Faragher.
The Americans opened the scoring with 3:18 remaining in the second period, when Spencer Asuchak drove into the Idaho crease. Faragher stopped the initial attempt but collided with Asuchak before Bryan Moore popped the rebound past him for his third goal of the season.
Faragher stopped 17 shots in his first loss of the season. The Americans are 5-1-1 in their last seven games. The loss dropped Idaho to fourth in the Mountain Division, one point behind Allen and two points behind the Colorado Eagles.
The Steelheads and Americans continue their series on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK, Cable One, and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Parizek (10)
Ryan Faragher: 17 saves on 20 shots
Power Play: 0-for-2
Penalty Kill: 4-for-4
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Vincent Arseneau ALN
- Justin Parizek IDH
- Jeremy Brodeur ALN
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Justin Parizek: Goal, 3 shots