Colorado Eagles vs. Idaho Steelheads

Date(s) - Wed Mar 29, 2017
7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Steel Reel 

The Idaho Steelheads return to CenturyLink Arena for their final three home games of the regular season, a three-game set against the Mountain Division-leading Colorado Eagles that begins on Wednesday night. The Steelheads took four of six points against the Wheeling Nailers last week and are looking to build on the momentum of back-to-back wins. The Eagles dropped their last two games against the Utah Grizzlies and need points to cement their first place status, with the Allen Americans still hot on their trail.

Idaho struck three times in the third period last Saturday at WesBanco Arena to earn a 4-1 win over the Nailers, their ninth win in their last 11 road games. Jefferson Dahl netted the eventual game-winner, while Brian Nugent and Anthony Luciani added insurance. Will Merchant opened the scoring with his second goal of the series in the second period. Landon Bow made 23 saves to earn his 17th victory.

Win and They’re In…

Idaho can clinch a playoff spot for the 20th consecutive season, and 14th in the ECHL, with a win on Wednesday. That’s not the only scenario that will guarantee playoff hockey in Boise, as the magic number sits at two points. A Steelheads win, or a regulation loss by either the Missouri Mavericks or the Alaska Aces, will clinch a playoff spot for Idaho. Missouri is in Allen on Wednesday, while the Aces are in Fort Wayne.

Lins and Looch…

Rob Linsmayer continues with his longest points streak of the season, his assist on Saturday giving him four goals and ten points over a seven-game run. Beyond that, Linsmayer has recorded seven goals and 17 points in his last 13 games. Anthony Luciani established a new personal best with his 29th goal of the season on Saturday. Luciani is one goal shy of becoming just the tenth Steelhead in the ECHL era to reach the 30-goal plateau.

About the Eagles…

The Eagles occupy the division’s top spot and a playoff berth largely because of one of the best runs in ECHL history, a 17-game winning streak from January 25th to March 3rd that was the second-longest in league history. Matt Garbowsky has been a force, now third in the league with 78 points but leading the league with 27 goals and 56 points since New Year’s Day. Ahead of him on the scoring list is Casey Pierro-Zabotel with 87 points in 67 games. Matt Register leads all defenseman in scoring with 62 points, while Jake Marto ranks third. With five games left to play, the Eagles have already posted their most successful ECHL season, with four more wins and five more points than their previous best campaigns.


Idaho Leaders                                      

Goals: Luciani (29)

Assists: Dahl (41)

Points: Dahl (61)

Plus/Minus: Glen (+14)

Power Play Goals: Merchant (12)

Goals-Against Average: Bow (2.18)

Eagles Leaders

Goals: Garbowsky (35)

Assists: Pierro-Zabotel (64)

Points: Pierro-Zabotel (87)

Plus/Minus: Garbowsky (+29)

Power Play Goals: Register (8)

Goals-Against Average: Simpson (2.52)