Colorado Eagles vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Wed Nov 01, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads are back in Boise for their first series this season with the defending champion Colorado Eagles. The Steelheads hope to snap a four game winless streak (0-1-3), while Colorado looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season in Rapid City on Saturday following six straight wins out of the gate.
The Steelheads earned two points during their visit to Quad City, with a shootout loss on Friday night and an overtime loss on Saturday. Idaho fell behind 2-0 in the second period on Saturday, but bounced back to tie the game before the 40 minute mark on goals from Mitch Moroz and Steve McParland. The Steelheads put 48 shots on goal but couldn’t get another past goaltender Ivan Kulbakov. Sam Warning would net the overtime winner for the Mallards with 4.8 seconds left.
Giving It a Shot…
The Steelheads lead the ECHL in shots per game heading into Wednesday night’s contest, averaging 42.29 pucks on net per game. They hope to be rewarded a bit more for their efforts in this series, as they also rank 27th in goals per game at 2.43. During their current four-game skid, the Steelheads have outshot opponents 174-111 but been outscored 13-7. The Eagles are ranked fourth in the ECHL in goals-against per game.
What a Dahl…
Like his teammates, Jefferson Dahl wants to be finding the back of the net a bit more often. But the Steelheads captain is still finding ways to put up points, with two goals and four assists in the first seven games of the season. If Dahl is hoping for an offensive spark, the Eagles may be just the team to provide it. Dahl had four goals and 11 points in ten games against the Eagles last season and another two goals and an assist in three playoff games.
About the Eagles…
The Colorado Eagles are coming off their first Kelly Cup Championship last spring, going through Idaho in the first round to get there. They are also in the midst of their final ECHL season before jumping to the American Hockey League next year. The Eagles currently boast seven returners from their Kelly Cup squad, including ECHL Defenseman of the Year Matt Register. Jesse Mychan is also back with Colorado after leaving midway through last year for Europe. He has two goals in the first five games and 57 in 102 games since the start of 2015. New-comer Michael Joly is tied for the league-lead with six goals. Colorado ranks fourth in goals per game and fourth in goals-against per game.
Goals: Parizek (4)
Assists: Dahl/Brassart (4)
Points: Parizek/Brassart (7)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+4)
Power Play Goals: Five players (1)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.17)
Goals: Joly (6)
Assists: Three players (6)
Points: Joly (9)
Plus/Minus: Joly (+8)
Power Play Goals: Four players (1)
Goals-Against Average: Brittain (2.76)
Steelheads offense erupts in win over Eagles
Play of the gameSteve McParland’s first goal of the game may have been the prettiest of this young Steelheads season. Well ahead of his teammates, and with some heading for a change, McParland was all alone heading 1-on-2 into the offensive zone. With Jake Marto at the end of a shift, McParland used a stutter-step move before pulling the puck across his body on the backhand and around Marto. He kept his feet moving to jet around the defender and across the front of the Colorado net, sliding the puck between Sam Brittain’s pads to give Idaho a highlight reel insurance goal.
Boise, ID (11/1/17)— The Idaho Steelheads (3-2-3) exploded for six goals on Wednesday night and moved back into the win column, skating to a 6-4 victory over the defending-champion Colorado Eagles (6-2-0) in front of 4,427 fans at CenturyLink Arena.
Jefferson Dahl and Steve McParland each notched two-goal, three-point performances as the Steelheads snapped a four-game winless streak and moved into a tie for third place in the Mountain Division, while dealing the Eagles their second consecutive regulation loss.
McParland earned his first point on the game’s first goal at 4:14 of the first period. Eagles defenseman Matt Register attempted to hold the puck in at the left point in the Idaho zone, but McParland beat him to it and sprung linemates Brady Brassart and Justin Parizek on a 2-on-1 rush. Parizek finished off the play for his fifth goal of the season, all coming in the past seven games, and a 1-0 Steelheads lead.
The score remained 1-0 into the second period, when Register would draw the Eagles even at 4:36 with his fifth of the season on a wrister from the high-slot on a 5-on-3 power play. That was the only power play goal for Colorado on the night in six chances, with the Steelheads penalty kill shutting them down the rest of the game.
Just 1:41 after Register’s equalizer, Dahl would put Idaho back in front with his first goal of the game and third of the season on a redirection of a Joe Faust point shot past goalie Sam Brittain to make it 2-1.
At 16:35 of the second, McParland extended the Idaho lead. Rushing down the right wing 1-on-2, McParland pulled a backhanded toe-drag around defenseman Jake Marto and drove to the net to slip a shot through Brittain’s legs for his third goal of the season. Dahl followed that up with another goal on a 2-on-1 just 1:05 later to make it 4-1 Idaho.
Michael Joly scored with eight seconds left in the middle frame, his league-leading seventh goal of the year. The Steelheads would get it back at 7:44 of the third with Henirk Samuelsson’s third goal of the year, a right-wing wrist shot over Brittain’s shoulder on a 3-on-2 rush.
The Eagles got third period goals from Marto and Gabriel Verpaelst, sandwiched around an empty-netter from McParland late in regulation.
Charlie Dodero made his season debut, logging a plus-1 rating and two booming open-ice checks in the neutral zone before his night ended prematurely. Reid Halabi and Ben Storm dropped the gloves in the second period, a fight that eventually involved Dodero and Colorado’s Nolan De Jong. Dodero, Halabi, and De Jong were all ejected.
The Steelheads cracked the 40-shot mark for the third game in a row and the fifth time in eight games this season, out-shooting the Eagles 42-29. The Steelheads lead the league in shots on goal per game, averaging just more than 42 per night.
Parizek and Brassart each have three game points streaks. Philippe Desrosiers remained unbeaten in regulation this season, making 25 saves to improve to 3-0-2 on the year.
The Steelheads continue their series with the Colorado Eagles at CenturyLink Arena on Friday night. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT with the game available on 1350AM KTIK, Cable One, and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Parizek (5), Dahl (3,4), McParland (3,4), Samuelsson (3)
Philippe Desrosiers: 25 saves on 29 shots
Power Play: 0-for-2
Penalty Kill: 5-for-6
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Jefferson Dahl IDH
- Justin Parizek IDH
- Cody Corbett IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Steve McParland: Two goals, 1 assist, 6 shots, plus-3 rating