Colorado Eagles vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Sat Nov 04, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads overcame a two goal deficit on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena, but it wasn’t enough to fight off a late Colorado comeback and an overtime goal by Michael Joly to even the three-game series. Tonight the Steelheads and Eagles meet for the rubber-match, the Steelheads’ final home game before they head on the road for the next five contests.
The Eagles led 2-0 midway through the second period on goals from Jake Marchment and Matt Register, but the Steelheads stormed back with goals from Henrik Samuelsson and Brady Brassart before the intermission. Shane Hanna netted his first pro goal in the third period to put Idaho in front for the first time, but the Eagles tied the game with 1:05 left in regulation on a Matt Garbowsky wrist shot. Branden Komm made 21 saves in the loss.
Brady Brassart continued his steady production for Idaho on Friday night, netting his fourth goal of the season and adding an assist to extend both his assist streak and his points streak to four games. Brassart has been held off the scoresheet in just two of the Steelheads’ nine games played thus far, and Friday was his third multi-point performance. Brassart’s longest points streak came in 2015-16, when he had points in seven straight contests.
Henrik Samuelsson’s power play goal in the second period opened the scoring for the Steelheads, giving Samuelsson goals in back-to-back games and in three of the past four games. Two of those goals have come around the goal-mouth on the power play, with Samuelsson walking out of the left-wing corner to beat Sam Brittain on Friday night and hitting a post from a similar spot earlier. Samuelsson matched a season-high with five shots on goal.
The Big Guns…
The Eagles’ top point producers engineered the late Colorado comeback on Friday, with Matt Garbowsky capping a three-point night with his first goal of the season. Michael Joly’s OT winner gave him goals in five straight and a league-leading eight on the season. Matt Register netted his third power play goal earlier in the game, the most among ECHL defenseman and his sixth goal overall. It was the second 5-on-3 goal surrendered by the Steelheads against the Eagles this week, both scored by Register. The Steelheads killed off the other six Eagles power plays, including the majority of a double-minor, but Idaho has still surrendered a power play goal in each of the last four games.
Goals: Parizek (5)
Assists: Brassart/J. Dahl (6)
Points: Three players (10)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+7)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson (2)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.52)
Goals: Joly (8)
Assists: Beaudin (9)
Points: Joly (12)
Plus/Minus: Joly (+8)
Power Play Goals: Register (3)
Goals-Against Average: Brittain (3.28)
Steelheads hang seven-spot in win over Eagles
Play of the gamePhilippe Desrosiers best save came early in the first period, but still played a major role in turning the momentum of the game. Already down 1-0, the league’s top goal-scorer came down 2-on-1 and dragged the puck to the middle around a sliding Corbin Baldwin. Michael Joly had plenty of time and snapped a shot to the top-right corner, but Desrosiers reached out with the glove to snare the puck and maintain the one-goal game. The Steelheads would score minutes later, on their way to a seven-goal night after avoiding the early two-goal hole.
Boise, ID (11/4/17)— Connor Chatham helped fuel a four goal third period on Saturday night at CenturyLink Arena, as the Idaho Steelheads (4-2-4) skated to a 7-3 win over the Colorado Eagles (7-3-0) in front of sold-out crowd of 5,065 fans. The win stretched Idaho’s unbeaten streak to five straight games.
The Steelheads scored a season-high four power play goals against the league’s ninth ranked penalty kill, with two of them coming in the third period.
Leading 3-2 entering the final period, the Steelheads expanded their lead at 2:30 when Chatham buried the rebound of an Alexander Dahl shot, Dahl’s first professional point. Just 53 seconds later and on the power play, Mitch Moroz earned one of his three assists when he fed Henrik Samuelsson in front for a power play dunk, Samuelsson’s fifth goal of the season and his third in the past three games to make it 5-2.
Michael Joly would extend his goal-scoring streak to six games at 6:11 of the period with his league-leading ninth goal of the year to cut the Idaho lead to 5-3, but the Steelheads would cement their win with two goals in the final two minutes.
Chatham got his second of the game when his 2-on-1 feed from the left wing bounced back to him, giving him an easy tap-in for a 6-3 Idaho lead. Brady Brassart would cap off the night with a power play goal from in front with 45 seconds left in regulation. Brassart extended his points streak to five games.
The Eagles were defeated for the first time in eight games this season in which they scored the first goal. Matt Garbowsky got the Eagles on the board first at 3:59 of the first period with his second of the season on a 2-on-1 rush. The Eagles nearly made it 2-0 shortly after on another 2-on-1, but Philippe Desrosiers made his best of 20 saves with the glove on Joly.
The Steelheads would tie the game shortly after that save, with Steve McParland burying a power play rebound at 12:41 of the first period. The Steelheads would take their first lead at 13:05 of the second period on Will Merchant’s first goal of the season, a short-side wrap from below the goal line immediately following nearly four minutes of penalty-killing time.
The Eagles power play would connect to tie the game at 14:13 of the second period, with JC Beaudin scoring on a power play rebound for his second goal of the season. The Steelheads grabbed the lead back on a 5-on-3 power play, with Justin Parizek scoring his sixth of the season on a high-slot wrister to make it 3-2.
Parizek ranks second among ECHL rookies with six goals and 11 points.
The Steelheads cracked the 40-shot mark for the seventh time in ten games this season. With 12 points, they moved into a tie for third place in the Mountain Division, two points back of the Eagles and Wichita Thunder. The Steelheads earned five of six points in the series.
The Steelheads head out on a five-game road trip, starting next weekend with a pair of contests with the Allen Americans at Allen Events Center. The Steelheads hit the ice on Friday night with puck-drop scheduled for 6:05pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: McParland (5), Merchant (1), Parizek (6), Chatham (1,2), Samuelsson (5), Brassart (5)
Philippe Desrosiers: 20 saves on 23 shots
Power Play: 4-for-6
Penalty Kill: 6-for-7
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Mitch Moroz IDH
- Connor Chatham IDH
- Will Merchant IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Connor Chatham: 2 goals, 4 shots, plus-2 rating