Allen Americans vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Fri Nov 24, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads’ six-game home stand opened with a loss on Wednesday, a 3-1 decision to the Allen Americans that halted Idaho’s longest winning streak of the season at four games. The Steelheads will look to even the series on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena and slow an Americans team that is 5-1-1 over the last seven games. With their win in the series-opener, the Americans leapt past Idaho in the standings, one point ahead of Idaho but with the Steelheads holding one game in hand.
Justin Parizek scored at 1:10 of the third period to tie the game 1-1, but Allen answered with goals from Vincent Arseneau and Daniel Leavens. Bryan Moore opened the scoring in the first period, and Jeremy Brodeur made 31 saves for his second career win. Ryan Faragher stopped 17 saves in his first loss as a Steelhead.
Justin Parizek’s third period goal on Wednesday was his 10th of the season and fourth in the past five games, also extending his points streak to a career-high seven games. Parizek has five goals and eight points during the run, with three of those goals coming in third periods. Of his ten goals this season, Parizek has scored five in the final frame. Parizek ranks second among ECHL rookies in goals and points (18), and he’s three games shy of the longest points streak by a rookie this season behind the ten-game mark set by Wheeling’s Reid Gardiner.
The Steelheads were able to tie the game in the third period Wednesday, but were unable to complete their third third-period comeback win in five games. Still, the Steelheads did outshoot the Americans 17-4 in the final frame. This season, Idaho has outshot opponents by a 103-shot margin in third periods, their 232 third-period shots 25 greater than the next closest team. The Steelheads have also been scoring late, their 22 goals in third periods tied for second-most in the ECHL.
Looking for Moore…
Vincent Arseneau continued his red-hot scoring touch on Wednesday, extending his goal-scoring streak to five consecutive games with the eventual game-winner. He’s not the only American on a solid run, with Casey Pierro-Zabotel extending his assist streak to five games and David Makowski grabbing his fifth point in five games. Bryan Moore opened the scoring with his second goal and sixth point in six games since rejoining the Americans from AHL San Jose. Moore has played well against Idaho in his career with Allen and Utah, totaling three goals and five points in eight career games. Moore had 27 goals and 51 points in 44 games with Allen last year after being traded over from the Orlando Solar Bears in November.
Goals: Parizek (10)
Assists: Brassart (11)
Points: Brassart (19)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+9)
Power Play Goals: McParland (4)
Goals-Against Average: Faragher (2.35)
Goals: Pochiro (7)
Assists: Pierro-Zabotel (15)
Points: Pierro-Zabotel (19)
Plus/Minus: Pochiro (+7)
Power Play Goals: Four players (2)
Goals-Against Average: Williams (2.64)
Steelheads late comeback falls short in loss to Americans
Play of the gameHenrik Samuelsson was inches away from tying the game in the final minute, but saw his jam attempt at an open net sail wide. It was moments after a short-side shot had gone off of Jeremy Brodeur’s shoulder that the Steelheads continued to apply pressure in the Allen zone. Samuelsson continued to fight for position at the side of the goal, and a point shot that went wide kicked off the boards and right into the crease where Samuelsson was waiting. The bouncing puck kicked off of Samuelsson’s stick, a fanned shot that fluttered in behind Brodeur, parallel to the goal line and wide of the post before rolling into the corner. The Steelheads would not find the equalizer.
Boise, ID (11/24/17)— Cody’s Corbett’s late 6-on-4 power play tally drew Idaho within a goal late in a six-goal third period, but it wasn’t enough as the Steelheads (8-5-4) fell 5-4 to the Allen Americans (10-5-3) in front of 5,149 fans at CenturyLink Arena. The Steelheads have lost back-to-back games following their four-game win streak.
With Miles Liberati in the box for elbowing and the Steelheads’ net empty, Corbett snapped a right point shot that beat Allen’s Jeremy Brodeur for his second goal of the season to make it a 5-4 game with 1:56 left.
The Steelheads would storm the Allen net over the final moments, with Henrik Samuelsson getting the best opportunity to tie the game. A shot wide of the net kicked off the end boards and came back in front of the goal where Samuelsson was waiting behind the Brodeur with his stick in the crease. The bouncing puck hit off of Samuelsson’s stick before floating parallel to the goal line and wide of the post in behind Brodeur.
The Americans opened the back-and-forth third period already leading 2-1. Spencer Asuchak extended that lead with his fourth goal of the season, a power play goal at 7:36 when a blocked point shot came to him at the top of the crease for a quick put-back under Ryan Faragher.
Brady Brassart responded for Idaho just 48 seconds later from the slot, scoring his ninth goal of the season off a feed from below the goal line by Will Merchant. The Steelheads thought they had tied the game moments later on a Jefferson Dahl goal, but it was disallowed on a hand pass.
With Dahl’s goal disallowed, the Americans pounced with Connor Reilly netting his first pro goal on a shot from the bottom of the left circle at 10:12.
Connor Chatham pulled the Steelheads back within a goal at 4-3 with his fourth goal of the season at 13:59, helping hold the puck at the right point and then tracking back to the net to bury a rebound. The one-goal deficit was again short-lived, with Liberati beating Faragher from between the circles 2:19 later.
The Americans jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game with Daniel Leavens scoring in the final minute of the first period off the rebound of a blocked shot and Bryan Moore burying a similarly blocked shot at 3:02 of the second. Justin Parizek would get Idaho on the board at 10:27 of the second period with a power play goal, his 11th, firing a shot from the left circle.
Parizek’s goal extended his points streak to eight games. He is tied for the league-lead in rookie goal-scoring.
The Steelheads look to avoid the series sweep on Saturday night against the Americans 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 (11), Brassart (9), Chatham (4), Corbett (2)
Ryan Faragher: 20 saves on 25 shots
Power Play: 2-for-7
Penalty Kill: 4-for-6
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Jeremy Brodeur ALN
- Cody Corbett IDH
- Bryan Moore ALN
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Cody Corbett: Goal, assist, 5 shots, plus-1 rating