Idaho Steelheads vs. Colorado Eagles
Date(s) - Sat Jan 27, 2018
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads will try to avoid a sweep on Saturday night when they wrap up their three-game series against the Colorado Eagles at Budweiser Events Center. The Eagles earned a 5-3 win over the Steelheads on Friday night, extending their unbeaten streak on home ice to 16 consecutive games (13-0-3). The Steelheads are 2-2-1 against the Eagles this season. Idaho has not lost more than two consecutive games in regulation this season.
Michael Joly scored twice on Friday night, one of them standing as the game-winner, to extend his league-leading total to 32 goals on the season. Will Merchant also had a two-goal night, scoring twice in the second period for his first multi-goal game of the season. Henrik Samuelsson scored his 15th goal of the season for Idaho. Ryan Faragher stopped 24 shots in the loss.
Charlie Dodero was a game-time decision for the Steelheads on Friday night after taking a puck to the face on Wednesday that forced him out of the game in the second period. Dodero did play wearing a full cage and was a force in the third period on the penalty kill, also adding an assist and earning a plus-1 rating. Dodero has points in three straight games, and two goals and eight points in his last nine contests to go along with a plus-10 rating. Eric Sweetman also continues his strong play on the back end, picking up an assist on Friday to give him two goals, nine points, and a plus-13 rating in his last ten outings.
Best in the Nest…
With points in 16 straight home games and only one regulation loss at Budweiser Events Center, the Colorado Eagles boast the best home record in the ECHL. Their 96 goals at home are the most by any team this season, and they average almost a full goal per game more at Budweiser Events Center than they do on the road. The Eagles have scored five goals in each of the series’ first two games. The Steelheads are fourth in the league in goals-against per game and have given up the fourth-fewest goals on the road in the ECHL this season.
Michael Joly’s two goals on Friday gave him a league-leading 32 tallies in 33 games this season, as well as his fifth multi-goal game in his last eight outings. Joly’s total after 33 games would place him tenth on the league’s goal-scoring list for the entirety of the 2016-17 season, and tie him for the league lead in 2015-16. Joly has enjoyed the season series against Idaho, scoring goals in each of the five meetings this season for six goals and eight points.
Goals: Parizek/McParland (18)
Assists: J. Dahl (27)
Points: J Dahl (44)
Plus/Minus: Sweetman (+14)
Power Play Goals: Three players (7)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.58)
Goals: Joly (32)
Assists: Register (31)
Points: Joly (47)
Plus/Minus: Register (+28)
Power Play Goals: Joly (11)
Goals-Against Average: Cannata (2.13)
Steelheads comeback falls short in loss to Eagles
Play of the gameSteve McParland opened the scoring with his 19th of the season on a full-ice rush to beat Sam Brittain. After Philippe Desrosiers stopped the puck behind his own net for Charlie Dodero, McParland swung back for the puck and raced through center up the right wing, getting a step on the defense before cutting to the front of the Colorado net. At the bottom of the right circle, McParland lifted the puck up over Brittain to put Idaho in front.
Loveland, CO (1/27/18)— The Idaho Steelheads (23-14-6) scored three straight goals to shrink a four-goal deficit on Saturday night at Budweiser Events Center but ran out of time, as the Colorado Eagles (31-7-4) held on for a 6-4 victory to earn a three-game sweep of the Steelheads.
The Steelheads trailed 5-1 late in the second period when they began their comeback effort with two goals in the final minute of the middle frame. With 40 seconds left in the period, Steve McParland beat goaltender Sam Brittain from the left wing circle with a wrist shot for his second goal of the game and 20th goal of the season. Just 27 seconds later, Brady Brassart buried a rebound in front from an Eric Sweetman point shot for his 12th of the season, and first since returning from AHL Utica on Friday, to make it a 5-3 game.
AJ White scored his sixth goal of the season, and third in the last five games, with a deflection of a Shane Hanna point shot to bring the Steelheads within a goal at 5-4 with 15:57 left in the third period. The Steelheads would press for the tie the rest of the way, but Ryan Harrison’s empty-netter with 29 second left put the game away for Colorado.
The Steelheads opened the scoring at 1:54 of the first period with McParland’s first of the game, an end-to-end rush for McParland finished with a shot from in close below the right circle over the shoulder of Brittain for a 1-0 Idaho lead. The Eagles would answer with the next five goals, with Drayson Bowman tying the game 1:06 later.
Gabriel Verpaelst fired a pass from the left-wing corner to the front of the Idaho goal for Bowman, who had his initial shot stopped by Philippe Desrosiers but finished the rebound for his eleventh goal of the season. At 8:24 of the first, Michael Joly gave Colorado its first lead when he gloved down a clearing attempt at the Idaho line and beat Desrosiers with a wrist shot from the left circle for his league-leading 33rd goal of the season and a 2-1 Eagles advantage.
Joly has scored 13 goals in his last nine games, and he has scored in all six games this season against the Steelheads for a total of seven goals.
JC Beaudin closed out the first period scoring for the Eagles with a power play goal from the top of the left circle, his seventh of the year at 12:21.
The Eagles scored twice in a span of 2:05 of the second period to take a 5-1 lead. Brady Shaw scored on a rebound from the bottom of the left circle at 4:25 for his ninth goal of the season. At 6:30, Matt Register scored his tenth of the year following up on an odd-man rush to poke a loose rebound behind Desrosiers.
Desrosiers was pulled from the game following the Register goal, surrendering five goals in 26:19 of work. Ryan Faragher would stop all ten shots he faced over the final 32:48 of play.
McParland has scored six goals in six games against the Eagles this season. Sweetman’s two assists give him eleven points and a plus-14 rating over his last eleven games.
The Steelheads maintain a one-point lead for second place in the Mountain Division after the Wichita Thunder also lost on Saturday night. The Steelheads’ current three-game losing streak is their longest of the season.
The Steelheads return to action on Wednesday night at Maverik Center when they face the Utah Grizzlies. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:05 MT with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: McParland (19,20), Brassart (12), White (6)
Philippe Desrosiers: 11 saves on 16 shots; Ryan Faragher: 10 saves on 10 shots
Power Play: 0-for-4
Penalty Kill: 2-for-3
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Brady Shaw COL
- Steve McParland IDH
- Drayson Bowman COL
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Steve McParland: 2 goals, 3 shots, plus-1 rating