Idaho Steelheads vs. Allen Americans
Date(s) - Sat Nov 11, 2017
7:05 pm - 10:30 pm
The Steelheads’ road trip continues with the series finale in Allen on Saturday after Idaho saw its five-game unbeaten streak come to an end against the Americans on Friday night. The Steelheads fell 2-1 to the Americans at Allen Event Center, and the Americans will now seek their first three-game win streak since the first three contests of the season.
The Americans jumped to a 2-0 lead in the second period on Friday with goals from Peter MacArthur and Vincent Arseneau, each getting his second marker of the season. Brady Brassart answered back for Idaho with his sixth goal of the year. Americans goaltender Stephon Williams out-dueled Philippe Desrosiers in net, with Desrosiers making 31 saves in his first regulation defeat this season.
Brass in Bunches…
Brady Brassart’s sixth goal of the season on Friday improved his points streak to six games, one shy of his personal-best set in February 2016 with Quad City. Brassart had two goals and eight points over that seven-game stretch, but he already has three goals and eight points during his current six-game run. Helping him keep the streak alive on Friday was Corbin Baldwin, who fired the shot for Brassart’s redirect. Baldwin now has four assists in the last five games, his most productive five-game stretch since February 2015 when he had four points in five games for the Alaska Aces.
Close, but not Quite…
The Steelheads made a push in Friday night’s third period, firing 12 shots on goal but unable to find the equalizer after falling behind 2-0 in the second period. That included three power plays and 1:25 of 5-on-3 time that Allen’s Stephon Williams helped to turn aside in the final frame. The Steelheads have won only one of seven games in which they’ve surrendered the first goal, but they have seen competitive as a comeback team. The Steelheads have surrendered the game’s first two goals on six occasions this season, climbing back to force overtime in three of those contests.
Stephon in On…
Stephon Williams’ 28-save performance against the Steelheads gave him back-to-back wins for the first time this season. The Americans’ goaltender is 2-2-0 over his last four starts, but he’s given up five goals over that span and help opponents to two goals or fewer in each outing, playing to a .962 save percentage. The Americans rank 22nd in the ECHL in average shots-against per game, but on Friday became the first team this season to limit Idaho to fewer than 30 shots in a contest.
Goals: Brassart/Parizek (7)
Assists: Brassart/J. Dahl (7)
Points: Brassart (13)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+7)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson (3)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.52)
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 (2.23)
Power Plays and Parizek!
Play of the gameCody Corbett’s defensive play in the third period was a game-changer for Idaho. Already down two goals and facing an odd-man rush against two of Allen’s most dangerous scorers, Corbett aggressively slid to break up an odd-man rush and then sprang to his feet to get back in the play. Corbett’s shot led directly to Steve McParland’s rebound goal to breathe life into the Steelheads comeback effort. A strong play at both ends of the ice on one sequence got Idaho moving back in the right direction.
Allen, TX (11/11/17)— Justin Parizek netted the late tying goal and the only marker in the shootout to cap off a two-goal comeback in the third period, as the Idaho Steelheads (5-3-4) battled for a 5-4 shootout victory over the Allen Americans (6-4-3) at Allen Event Center on Saturday night.
Trailing 4-2 entering the third, Steve McParland and Parziek both converted on the power play to bring the Steelheads even. After both teams failed to score in overtime, Parizek beat goaltender Jeremy Brodeur with a low wrist shot in the shootout’s second round and Idaho’s Philippe Desrosiers denied Daniel Leavens, Mathieu Aubin, and Jonathan Lessard.
The victory was Idaho’s first on the road this season, and their first beyond regulation.
Defenseman Cody Corbett helped orchestrate the comeback with two big plays on the back end in the third period. At 5:55 of the third period and during a Steelheads power play, a turnover led to a 2-on-1 rush for Casey Pierro-Zabotel and Spencer Asuchak. Corbett slid to break up the rush, and when he rejoined the play moments later, he was able to fire a hard shot from the right wing that hit Brodeur, ricocheted into the midsection of McParland, and rolled into the net. It was McParland’s sixth of the season to make it 4-3.
The Steelheads tied it at 16:26 on another power play and another right-wing shot from Corbett. At the top of the right circle, Corbett hammered a shot that rang off the post behind Brodeur, the rebound coming out the other side to a waiting Parizek for his seventh of the year.
The Steelheads opened the game with a 2-0 lead in the first 12:46 of play. Henrik Samuelsson netted the rebound of a Charlie Dodero point shot for his sixth goal of the season at 7:40 and Jefferson Dahl got his fifth of the year just 5:06 later on a shorthanded breakaway, the Steelheads’ third shorthanded goal of the season.
The Americans would answer with two of their own in the first period, with Vincent Arseneau netting his third of the year on a rebound just after a power play expired at 13:47. Peter MacArthur would capitalize on the power play 1:23 later on a wrist shot to tie the game.
The Americans had two 5-on-3 power plays early in the second, both leading to goals. Mathieu Aubin gave Allen a 3-2 lead on a deflection during the first 5-on-3 just 39 seconds into the period. Aubin tallied again for his second of the year at 2:50 of the second, shortly after the first penalty on a two-man advantage had expired.
Brady Brassart earned an assist in the contest to extend his personal points streak to seven-games, matching a career-high. Desrosiers stopped 29 shots to improve to 5-1-2 on the season.
Joel Chouinard recorded four assists for the Americans in a losing effort.
The Steelheads’ road trip continues with three games against the Rapid City Rush, beginning on Wednesday at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:05pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Samuelsson (6), Dahl (5), McParland (6), Parizek (7, SO)
Philippe Desrosiers: 29 saves on 33 shots
Power Play: 2-for-10
Penalty Kill: 5-for-8
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Justin Parizek IDH
- Mathieu Aubin ALN
- Joel Chouinard ALN
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Justin Parizek: Power play goal, shootout winner, 4 shots