Colorado Eagles vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Wed Feb 14, 2018
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
There will be no love lost between the Steelheads and Colorado Eagles on Wednesday night, as they meet for a Valentine’s Day battle at CenturyLink Arena. Wednesday is the fourth of six consecutive match-ups between the teams, and their seventh contest since January 24th, with the Steelheads sweeping all three games in Loveland last week. The Steelheads have won five of their last six games and sit five points back of the first-place Eagles. Colorado is enduring its longest winless streak of the season, going 0-5-1 in the last six games.
The Steelheads secured the sweep on Saturday at Budweiser Events Center with a 3-1 win over the Eagles, with all goals coming in the second period. Henrik Samuelsson, Jefferson Dahl, and Justin Parizek scored for the Steelheads, while Drayson Bowman netted the only goal for Colorado. Philippe Desrosiers earned his 18th victory with 26 saves.
Both teams will be fielding altered rosters for Wednesday night compared to last week after both the Steelheads and Eagles lost significant contributors to American Hockey League call-ups. Henrik Samuelsson signed a professional tryout (PTO) with AHL Rockford on Sunday after a three-point night on Saturday. He had been riding a four-game points streak. On Tuesday, goaltender Ryan Faragher signed a PTO with AHL Stockton after earning four wins in his last five games. The Eagles lost defenseman Nolan De Jong and forward JC Beaudin to their affiliate in San Antonio. Beaudin is a 2015 third-round pick of the Avalanche, and had two goals and ten points in eight games against Idaho this season.
Second is the Best…
The Steelheads outscored the Eagles 8-4 in second periods during last week’s three-game series, also netting 5-on-3 power play goals in the middle frame on Friday and Saturday. The Steelheads also outshot Colorado 33-27 in second periods for the series. Idaho has been a strong second period team throughout the season, their plus-19 goal differential in middle periods ranked second behind the Fort Wayne Komets.
After moving into third place on the Steelheads all-time ECHL scoring list on Saturday, Jefferson Dahl can reach another milestone on Wednesday. He sits at 199 career ECHL points, looking to become just the third Steelhead to reach the 200 point mark in the ECHL era and the sixth player in the organization’s 21-year history. Dahl has five goals and 13 points in his last ten games.
Goals: McParland/Parizek (21)
Assists: J. Dahl (31)
Points: J. Dahl (50)
Plus/Minus: McParland (+16)
Power Play Goals: J. Dahl (8)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.67)
Goals: Joly (34)
Assists: Register (33)
Points: Joly (50)
Plus/Minus: Register/Garbowsky (+27)
Power Play Goals: Joly (11)
Goals-Against Average: Cannata (2.13)
Eagles snap Steelheads’ winning streak
Play of the gameJake Marto’s late first-period goal was the turning point of Wednesday night’s game, after the Steelheads had launched 17 shots in the period an established a two-goal lead. With AJ White in the penalty box, the Eagles’ power play took only six seconds to score and tie the game with ten seconds left in the period. Marto and Register executed a give-and-go off of an offensive zone face-off win, with Marto coming down from the center point and beating Desrosiers to the blocker with the tying goal. With two periods still left to play, a two-goal deficit for Colorado was erased and Idaho never regained control.
Boise, ID (2/14/18)— Michael Joly netted two goals on Wednesday night, including the insurance goal on a third-period penalty shot, leading the Colorado Eagles (32-12-5) to a come-from-behind 4-2 victory over the Idaho Steelheads (28-16-6) at CenturyLink Arena. The defeat snapped Idaho’s three-game winning streak, while the Eagles put an end to a six-game winless skid.
The Steelheads opened up a 2-0 first period lead, but the Eagles would tie the game before the first intermission and tack on goals in the second and third periods.
Steve McParland opened the scoring for the Steelheads at 10:53 of the first period with a power play goal. Aaron Harstad knocked down a clearing attempt by Teigan Zahn and fed Justin Parizek in the high slot. Parizek slid a pass down low for McParland, who lifted the puck past a sprawled out Sam Brittain for his team-leading 22nd goal of the season.
Justin Parizek extended his points streak to six games with the assist.
Eric Sweetman increased the lead at 17:38 when his left-point shot hit Brittain and ricocheted off of Colorado defenseman Matt Register and back into the net for Sweetman’s third goal of the season. Idaho’s two-goal lead would last just 16 seconds.
At 17:54, Joly beat Philippe Desrosiers from the bottom of the right circle to cut the Steelheads’ lead to 2-1. AJ White would take a slashing penalty in the final minute and with ten seconds remaining Jake Marto beat Desrosiers with a blast from the high slot for his sixth of the season to tie the score 2-2.
The Colorado power play struck again at 4:12 of the second, when the rebound of a Gabriel Verpaelst point shot bounced to Joey Ratelle at the side of the Idaho net for his 14th goal of the season. After out-shooting Colorado 17-9 in the first period, the Eagles recovered to outshoot Idaho 10-9 in the second period and take a 3-2 lead into the third period.
Joly would clinch the game for Colorado at 16:22 of the third period, sneaking behind Joe Faust for a breakaway and getting hauled down before reaching Desrosiers. Joly was awarded a penalty shot and scored on a backhand deke for his 36th of the season and a 4-2 Colorado lead.
The Eagles now lead the Steelheads by seven points for the top spot in the Mountain Division.
The Steelheads and Eagles meet again on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena, with puck-drop scheduled for 7:10pm MT. The game is available on 1350AM KTIK and seen on Cable One and ECHLTV.
Goals: McParland (22), Sweetman (3)
Philippe Desrosiers: 21 saves on 25 shots
Power Play: 1-for-3
Penalty Kill: 2-for-4
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Michael Joly COL
- Jake Marto COL
- Steve McParland IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Michael Joly: 2 goals, 4 shots, plus-2 rating