Idaho Steelheads vs. Allen Americans
Date(s) - Fri Nov 10, 2017
7:05 pm - 10:30 pm
The Steelheads are back on the road after grabbing five of six points at CenturyLink Arena last week, carrying a five game unbeaten streak (2-0-3) into their first series of the season with the Allen Americans. The Steelheads are coming off their best offensive performance of the season in a win over the Colorado Eagles, while the Americans are looking to build off of a 2-1 shootout win over the Tulsa Oilers last week after winning just one of their prior seven contests.
The Steelheads’ 7-3 win over Colorado saw six different Steelheads find the back of the net, with Connor Chatham scoring his first two goals of the season as part of a four-goal third period. Will Merchant also scored his first goal of the season, while Steve McParland, Brady Brassart, and Henrik Samuelsson all netted their fifth. Philippe Desrosiers made 20 saves for his fourth win.
Finding the Power…
The Steelheads connected for four power play goals on Saturday against the Eagles, their most in a game since December 16, 2015 against the Utah Grizzlies. The outburst pushed the Idaho man-advantage to seventh in the league at 19.2 percent. Henrik Samuelsson made his mark with his team-leading third power play goal in the third period, giving him goals in three straight contests and four of the last five. Brady Brassart also scored a third-period power play goal to cap the scoring, extending his points streak to five games.
Coming Up Roses…
Philippe Desrosiers is piling up the points for Idaho at the start of the season, unbeaten in regulation with a 4-0-2 record to start the year. The third-year Steelhead holds the team’s ECHL record for the longest unbeaten streak by a goaltender, going 12-0-4 over the span of 16 games in his 2015-16 rookie campaign. Desrosiers four wins this year are tied for fifth among ECHL goaltenders. The Steelheads have been assisting Desrosiers by limiting scoring chances. Idaho has been well-documented for leading the league in average shots per game, but they also rank second in the ECHL with only 27.7 shots-against per game.
About the Americans…
After a second-round playoff exit last spring, the Allen Americans have gone through changes for the 2017-18 season. Gone from the lineup are three-time MVP Chad Costello, Gary Steffes, and Greger Hanson. Coming in to fill the scoring void is Casey Pierro-Zabotel, who won Kelly Cups with the Americans in 2016 and the Eagles in 2017 and has 14 points in the first 11 games this season. Defenseman David Makowski is back for a third season in Allen and is again playing at a point-per-game pace. Reigning ECHL Goaltender of the Year Riley Gill has been injured much of the season and is currently on injured reserve, leaving Stephon Williams to carry the bulk of the workload in his absence with a .930 save percentage and a 2-3-1 record. The Americans are coming off a win but have won just one game in regulation since opening the season 3-0-0. After going 25-8-3 last season on home ice, Allen has started the year 2-2-2 at Allen Event Center with an even goal-differential.
Goals: Parizek (6)
Assists: Brassart/J. Dahl (7)
Points: Brassart (12)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+7)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson (3)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.60)
Goals: Pochiro (7)
Assists: Pierro-Zabotel (10)
Points: Pierro-Zabotel (14)
Plus/Minus: Chouinard/Pochiro (+7)
Power Play Goals: Seven players (1)
Goals-Against Average: Williams (2.43)
Steelheads unbeaten streak halted in Allen
Play of the gameEven though they did not convert on their 5-on-3 opportunity, the Steelheads followed it up with lengthy shifts in the offensive zone for much of the remaining time. The Americans did a good job filling shooting lanes, but one tricky shot late in the third did get in behind Williams when it deflected and rolled over his shoulder. Williams was looking the opposite way with the net gaping and McParland the only player near the bouncing puck, but it would not settle down for him as it skipped over the Steelheads’ stick and rolled to the corner and Allen’s one-goal lead remained.
Allen, TX (11/10/17)— Stephon Williams made 12 saves in the Allen crease in the third period to protect a one-goal lead, as the Allen Americans (6-4-2) held on for a 2-1 win over the Idaho Steelheads (4-3-4) at Allen Event Center, snapping the Steelheads five-game unbeaten streak in the first contest of their five-game road trip.
All three goals were scored in the second period, with Peter MacArthur and Vincent Arseneau scoring for the Americans and Brady Brassart answering for the Steelheads.
Trailing 2-0, Brassart got the Steelheads on the board with a deflection from in front of the Allen net at 15:39 of the second period. The goal was Brassart’s sixth of the season, extending his personal points streak to six games. Corbin Baldwin earned an assist, giving him assists in four of his past five outings.
The Steelheads would have opportunities to tie the game in the third period, unable to cash in on 1:25 of 5-on-3 power play time on a night when both power plays were 0-for-5. Shortly after the two-man advantage, a deflected shot bounced over Williams’ shoulder and through the goal mouth for Steve McParland, who couldn’t make contact as the puck bounced over his stick.
The Americans opened the scoring at 5:25 of the second period. Bryan Moore carried the puck across the tops of the circles in the Idaho zone and sent a pass against the grain to MacArthur at the right faceoff dot. MacArthur hesitated before sliding a hard low shot through the pads of Philippe Desrosiers for his second goal of the season. At 9:33, the Americans extended their lead on Arseneau’s second of the year, a hard snap shot off the rush from the left wing.
Desorsiers made 31 saves in the loss, his first in regulation this season. It was the first time this season that the Steelheads were held under 30 shots on goal.
The Steelheads had collected points in their previous five contests, going 2-0-3 against the Quad City Mallards and Colorado Eagles.
The Steelheads and Americans hit the ice again on Saturday night at Allen Events Center. Puck-drop is scheduled for 6:05pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Brassart (6)
Philippe Desrosiers: 31 saves on 33 shots
Power Play: 0-for-5
Penalty Kill: 5-for-5
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Vincent Arseneau ALN
- Stephon Williams ALN
- Philippe Desrosiers IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brady Brassart: 1 goal, 4 shots