Idaho Steelheads vs. Colorado Eagles
Date(s) - Fri Jan 26, 2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads look to even their series with the Colorado Eagles on Friday night when they meet again at Budweiser Events Center in Loveland. The Eagles took the series opener on Wednesday, extending their home points streak to 15 games and moving them into the top spot in the ECHL standings. The Steelheads trail the Eagles by ten points for the top spot in the Mountain Division, with the Steelheads currently holding a three-point cushion for second in the division.
Michael Joly scored with 1:05 left in regulation to snap a 4-4 tie on Wednesday, the game-winner of a 5-4 final. Connor Chatham and AJ White both registered a goal and an assist, as did defenseman Eric Sweetman to give him eight points in his last nine games. Philippe Desrosiers made 29 saves in a losing effort, as the Steelheads record moved to 2-1-1 against the Eagles this season.
Always Close in Colorado…
One-goal games have been the norm for the Steelheads in Loveland over the last two seasons. Including last year’s playoffs, seven of Idaho’s last eight visits to Budweiser Events Center have been decided by one goal, the exception being a 4-2 Idaho win in Game 1 of last year’s Mountain Division Semifinals that was aided by and empty-net goal. The Eagles have won five of their last six games against Idaho at home.
Third Line Thriving…
Connor Chatham and AJ White were in on the scoring again for Idaho on Wednesday, with Daniel Tedesco and Corey Durocher factoring in on the line as well. White’s two-point night, including the game-tying goal in the third period, was his third two-point performance in the past five games. Chatham has two goals and five points in his last six games. His 16 points match his total from all of last season, and his eight goals are already two better than his rookie campaign. The duo has factored into five of Idaho’s last 12 goals over the last three games.
Matt Register notched a goal and an assist on Wednesday along with a plus-4 rating, the best rating for any player against Idaho this season. The reigning ECHL Defenseman of the Year leads all ECHL defensemen with 40 points, and has done considerable damage against Idaho during his time as an Eagle. In the past two seasons with Colorado, Register has posted six goals and 13 points in 15 games against the Steelheads, as well as three goals and nine points in last spring’s five-game playoff series.
Goals: Parizek/McParland (18)
Assists: J. Dahl (27)
Points: J Dahl (44)
Plus/Minus: Sweetman (+13)
Power Play Goals: Three players (7)
Goals-Against Average: Faragher (2.47)
Goals: Joly (30)
Assists: Register (31)
Points: Joly (44)
Plus/Minus: Register (+28)
Power Play Goals: Joly (10)
Goals-Against Average: Cannata (2.13)
Eagles down Steelheads in penalty-filled affair
Play of the gameWith the Steelheads building momentum early in the second period in a 3-1 game, Michael Joly brought the energy back for Colorado with a full-ice rush for his 31st goal of the season. Off a defensive zone face-off, Joly scooped up the puck and skated through the neutral zone. Working against Joe Faust, Joly lowered his shoulder and drove wide around Faust before cutting to the front of the net. Faust pulled down Joly, but Joly was able to slide the puck through Ryan Faragher as he was falling to give the Eagles a 4-1 lead with the eventual game-winning goal.
Loveland, CO (1/26/18)— Michael Joly scored two goals and added an assist on Friday night at Budweiser Events Center, as the Colorado Eagles (30-7-4) skated to a 5-3 win over the Idaho Steelheads (23-13-6) in a game in which the teams combined for 140 penalty minutes.
Jefferson Dahl, Chris Martenet, and Brady Brassart were all sent to the locker room early in the third period for the Steelheads, as were Ben Storm and Joey Ratelle for Colorado. The Eagles took advantage of the chippy play, scoring two power play goals on the night.
Joly netted his first goal of the night at 9:03 of the second period, extending the Eagles’ lead to 4-1. Joly skated the puck from his own zone down the right wing and powered around Joe Faust in the Idaho end, driving to the front and beating Ryan Faragher between the legs as he was falling to the ice. It was Joly’s 31st goal of the season.
After the Steelheads had scored twice to pull within a goal in the third period, Henrik Samuelsson was called for a slashing penalty that gave the Eagles a two-man advantage. Joly would capitalize on that chance with a one-timer from the right-wing circle at 13:16 to make it 5-3.
Joly has 32 goals in 33 games this season, and he has scored six goals in five games this season against Idaho.
Will Merchant notched a two goal game for the Steelheads, his first multi-goal game of the season. Merchant got Idaho on the board 51 seconds into the second period, redirecting a Steve McParland feed from the left-wing corner past Colorado’s Joe Cannata for his ninth goal of the season to make it 3-1.
After Joly restored Colorado’s three-goal lead, Merchant struck again. Merchant redirected a point shot from Eric Sweetman past goaltender Sam Brittain at 11:46 of the second period for his tenth goal of the year to make it 4-2.
Brittain relieved Cannata in goal after the Colorado starter injured himself stopping a Sweetman one-timer in the second period.
Samuelsson buried a Charlie Dodero rebound in front of Brittain at 8:59 of the third period for his 15th goal of the season to make it 4-3, but that’s as close as the Steelheads would come.
The Eagles opened up a 3-0 lead in the first period. Ben Storm whacked a Collin Bowman rebound out of mid-air and past Faragher at 2:18 of the first period for his fifth of the year and a 1-0 Eagles lead. Ryan Harrison also found a rebound at 5:03 when a blocked point shot on the power play rolled to him between the circles for his tenth goal of the season.
A Steelheads defensive zone turnover at 13:41 of the first eventually came to Drayson Bowman in the high slot for his tenth goal of the season and a 3-0 Colorado lead.
Brassart earned an assist in his first game back with the Steelheads since December 2nd.
Idaho’s 75 minutes in penalties serve as their highest single-game total this season.
The Steelheads will look to avoid the sweep on Saturday night when they finish their series with the Eagles at Budweiser Events Center. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:05 MT with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Mercahnt (9,10), Samuelsson (15)
Ryan Faragher: 24 saves on 29 shots
Power Play: 0-for-7
Penalty Kill: 5-for-7
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Michael Joly COL
- Collin Bowman COL
- JC Beaudin COL
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Will Merchant: 2 goals, 3 shots, plus-2 rating