Allen Americans vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Sat Nov 25, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
A furious Steelheads comeback fell short on Friday night as the Allen Americans held on for a 5-4 win at CenturyLink Arena, their second victory in this series. Tonight the Steelheads will look to avoid suffering their first three-game sweep of the season, while the Americans look to improve on their 6-1-1 record over the past eight games. Allen has a three point lead on the Steelheads in the standings, with Idaho holding a game in hand.
Trailing 5-3 late in the third period with the net empty, Cody Corbett got the Steelheads within a goal with a power play marker from the right point. Jeremy Brodeur would not allow another, finishing with 38 saves for his second straight win. Justin Parizek, Brady Brassart, and Connor Chatham also scored for Idaho. Daniel Leavens scored his second goal in two games for the Americans, and SPHL call-up Connor Reilly also found the back of the net in his first game back with the Americans. Ryan Faragher made 20 saves in the loss.
The Steelheads were in the midst of a four-game winning streak prior to this series, but now have lost consecutive games in regulation for the first time this season. It took 17 games for the Steelheads to string together consecutive losses, matching the start of the 2014-15 season for the longest stretch to start the year since the 2010-11 Steelheads went 23 games before meeting their first losing streak. The Steelheads have given up multiple goals in the third period in each loss, the first time this season they’ve surrendered two or more third-period goals in back-to-back contests.
Chat Him Up…
Justin Parizek extended his points streak to eight games on Friday and Brady Brassart has points in 11 of his last 12 contests, but the Steelheads are beginning to see more depth scoring with Connor Chatham leading the way. Chatham scored on Friday to bring the Steelheads within a goal at 4-3, netting his fourth goal in the past eight games. Chatham also has two assists in that span, both coming last week in Rapid City when he set up the tying and winning goals in the third period in a comeback win over the Rush.
Leavens Lighting Up…
Daniel Leavens has scored his first two goals of the season during this series, both by going to the net. On Wednesday he won the race to his own shot off the end boards to slide a rebound past Ryan Faragher. On Friday, a blocked shot popped out to Leavens in the right circle for another goal, part of a three-point performance. After registering just one assist in his first nine games, Leavens has two goals and six points in his last four contests.
Goals: Parizek (11)
Assists: Brassart (11)
Points: Brassart (20)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+10)
Power Play Goals: McParland/Parizek (4)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.61)
Goals: Pochiro (7)
Assists: Pierro-Zabotel (15)
Points: Pierro-Zabotel (19)
Plus/Minus: Pochiro (+7)
Power Play Goals: Five players (2)
Goals-Against Average: Williams (2.64)
Steelheads top Americans in fight-filled affair
Play of the gameEveryone on the ice had a dance partner following Will Merchant’s goal to make it 4-1. After Merchant’s wrist shot trickled through Williams, a line brawl broke out that saw Jefferson Dahl roll to the ice with goaltender Stephon Williams and rookie Chris Martenet earn his second fighting major of the night. When the dust settled, the officials handed out 94 minutes in penalties and the Steelheads held a three-goal lead.
Boise, ID (11/25/17)— In a game that featured 148 penalty minutes, six fighting majors, and three game misconducts, the Steelheads (9-5-4) rode their power play to a 5-1 win over the Allen Americans (10-6-3) on Saturday night in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,147 fans at CenturyLink Arena.
Henrik Samuelsson and Jefferson Dahl both logged three-point nights, with Samuelsson netting two power play goals and Dahl recording three assists. Alex Dahl capped the scoring with his first professional goal.
With the Steelheads already ahead 3-1, Will Merchant extended the lead with his fourth goal of the season on a left-wing wrist shot with 11:05 left in the game. Immediately following the goal, Allen’s Jonathan Lessard went after Samuelsson, and Chris Martenet dove in to interfere. With Lessard and Martenet on the ground, Merchant got tangled with Miles Liberati and Allen goaltender Stephon Williams began exchanging punches with Jefferson Dahl in a full line brawl that also drew Philippe Desrosiers from his crease.
The altercation resulted in Liberati, Lessard, Williams, and Josh Thrower being removed from the game, along with Samuelsson and Martenet for Idaho. Martenet earned his first pro assist and his first two fighting majors during the game.
Alex Dahl made it 5-1 at 11:44 of the third period when he poked in the rebound of an AJ White shot from the slot for a power play goal.
The Steelheads’ power play converted for four goals, matching a season-high. Aaron Harstad struck first at 5:15 of the first period, sneaking down from the right point to finish a Samuelsson feed in front for his first goal of the season.
Eric Roy scored for the Americans at 12:25 of the first to tie the game. Samuelsson would answer on another power play just 49 seconds later, pulling the puck from behind the goal line to wrap it short-side on Williams. In the second period, Samuelsson would score again on the power play with a one-timer from the left circle on a 5-on-3 power play, his first two-goal game of the season and his eighth goal of the year.
Desrosiers made 25 saves in the win to improve to 7-1-2 on the season. He stopped two shorthanded breaks at the end of the second period, one on Bryan Moore and another on Daniel Leavens.
The win pulled Idaho back to within one point of third-place Allen in the Mountain Division standings.
The Steelheads continue their home stand on Wednesday night with their first meeting of the season with the Tulsa Oilers at CenturyLink Arena. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK, Cable One, and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Harstad (1), Samuelsson (7,8), Merchant (4), A. Dahl (1)
Philippe Desrosiers: 25 saves on 26 shots
Power Play: 4-for-9
Penalty Kill: 6-for-6
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Henrik Samuelsson IDH
- Jefferson Dahl IDH
- Philippe Desrosiers IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Henrik Samuelsson: 2 PP goals, assist, 2 shots, plus-1 rating