Colorado Eagles vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Fri Nov 03, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads broke through offensively on Wednesday night, opening their three-game home stand with a season-high six goals in a 6-4 win over the Colorado Eagles. The victory snapped a four-game winless skid and now gives the Steelheads points in four of their last five contests (1-1-3). The Eagles have dropped consecutive games in regulation, with both losses coming on the road.
Steve McParland and Jefferson Dahl both scored twice for the Steelheads, who cracked the 40-shot mark for the fifth time in eight games. Justin Parizek and Henrik Samuelsson also scored for the Idaho, while Philippe Desrosiers made 25 saves to stay unbeaten in regulation this season at 3-0-2.
Three different Steelheads posted three-point games on Wednesday. Steve McParland and Jefferson Dahl each had two goals and an assist, with Dahl nabbing his second multi-goal game of the year and McParland netting three goals over the last two games. Justin Parizek scored a goal and added two assists for his second three-point performance of the year, giving him ten points in the last seven games to rank first in the ECHL in rookie scoring.
The Steelheads have earned points in four of five home games to start the season, scoring 19 goals at CenturyLink Arena and scoring the game’s first goal in three of those games. Parizek and Dahl are tied for the team-lead with eight points each on home ice. The Steelheads have earned at least 44 points at home in each of the past five seasons.
Michael Joly continued his red-hot start to the season on Wednesday, netting a goal and an assist for the Eagles to increase his points total to 11 for the season. Joly is tied for fourth in the ECHL in scoring, one point shy of the league lead, and his seven goals in eight games are tied for tops in the ECHL. Joly has also registered at least a point in every game so far this season, his eight-game points streak tied for the longest active streak in the league. Joly also has goals in four straight contests. He had 40 points in 29 games last season for Greenville.
Goals: Parizek (5)
Assists: Three players (5)
Points: Parizek (10)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+6)
Power Play Goals: Five players (1)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.52)
Goals: Joly (7)
Assists: Beaudin (8)
Points: Joly (11)
Plus/Minus: Joly (+8)
Power Play Goals: Register (2)
Goals-Against Average: Brittain (3.35)
Joly OT goal caps late Colorado comeback
Play of the gameThe Steelheads were inches away from putting the game away just minutes after Shane Hanna had given them a 3-2 lead. On a shorthanded 2-on-1, Brady Brassart feathered a pass to Alex Dahl driving the net. Sam Brittain threw out his right pad to stop the initial try and the following stuff-in attempt by Dahl to maintain the one-goal deficit. Matt Garbowsky would tie the game shortly after to send the game to overtime.
Boise, ID (11/3/17)— Matt Garbowsky scored the late equalizer and Michael Joly netted the game-winner at 59 seconds of overtime, extending his personal goal-scoring streak to five games and giving the Colorado Eagles (7-2-0) a 4-3 win over the Idaho Steelheads (3-2-4) in front of 5,086 fans at CenturyLink Arena.
Garbowsky tied the game for the Eagles at 3-3 with 1:05 left in regulations time with his first goal of the season, a wrist shot from the right wing with the Colorado net empty. In overtime, the Steelheads would earn a four-minute power play when Drayson Bowman’s stick came up into defenseman Shane Hanna’s face. That power play was short-lived, as 36 seconds later Cody Corbett was also called for high-sticking.
On the ensuing faceoff in the Idaho zone, the puck came directly to the front of the net off the draw where Joly was alone to net his league-leading eighth goal of the season. Joly has at least a point in all nine games for Colorado.
The Steelheads fought back from a 2-0 deficit and grabbed their first lead of the game with 5:45 left. Hanna fired a wrist shot from the right point through traffic that beat Eagles goaltender Sam Brittain up high. Steve McParland earned an assist on the play, extending his points streak to three games. The Steelheads nearly extended their lead on a shorthanded 2-on-1 shortly after, but Alex Dahl was stoned by Brittain in Dahl’s pro debut.
The Eagles got on the board first at 5:25 of the second period, with Jake Marchment walking out from behind the net to score his first goal of the season on the backhand. Colorado extended the lead at 8:01 with a right point shot from Matt Register on a 5-on-3 power play, Register’s sixth goal of the season and third on the power play. Register also scored on a two-man advantage on Wednesday night.
The Steelheads answered back late in the second with two goals in 59 seconds. Henrik Samuelsson converted on the power play at 16:17 after walking the puck out of the left wing corner to stuff it through Brittain’s legs, his third goal in four games and fourth of the season. Shortly after, Brady Brassart wired his fourth of the season on a shot from the left face-off dot.
The Steelheads have earned points in four consecutive games, but they are winless in four games this season that have gone beyond regulation. Idaho also cracked the 40-shot mark for the sixth time in nine games this year, outshooting the Eagles 41-25.
Branden Komm made 21 saves in a losing effort.
The Steelheads and Eagles will play the rubber-match of their series on Saturday night at CenturyLink Arena, with puck-drop scheduled for 7:10pm. It will be Idaho’s final home game before a five-game road swing through Allen and Rapid City. The game is available on 1350AM KTIK, Cable One, and on ECHLTV.
Prior to puck-drop, the ECHL will present the Ryan Birmingham Memorial Award to linesman Scott DeBaugh.
Goals: Samuelsson (4), Brassart (4), Hanna (1)
Branden Komm: 21 saves on 25 shots
Power Play: 1-for-8
Penalty Kill: 6-for-7
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Shane Hanna IDH
- Henrik Samuelsson IDH
- Brady Brassart IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Matt Garbowsky: Goal, 2 assists, 4 shots, plus-2 rating