Idaho Steelheads vs. Colorado Eagles
Date(s) - Sat Feb 10, 2018
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads will go for the three-game sweep on Saturday night in Loveland when they wrap up their series with the Colorado Eagles. The Steelheads earned another come-from-behind victory on Friday night with a 4-3 shootout win over the Eagles, coming from two goals down to hand the Eagles their first shootout loss of the season. The Steelheads have won four of their last five games, while the Eagles are winless in their last five.
Idaho trailed 2-0 midway through the first period, fighting back from a deficit of two goals or greater to win for the sixth time this season. A Will Merchant goal and two Brady Brassart tallies in a span of 4:34 in the second period put Idaho in front, but Drayson Bowman’s second goal of the game minutes later tied the score again. Brassart would score the only goal in eight shootout rounds, while Ryan Faragher stopped eight breakaways to go along with 28 saves in regulation and overtime for his tenth win of the season.
Seeking a Sweep…
Entering their final regular-season contest ever at Budweiser Events Center, the Steelheads hope to earn their first three-game sweep in Loveland since October 2012. The Eagles have not gone winless in three straight on home ice since November 5th of 2016, a stretch of 53 games at Budweiser Events Center. The Steelheads all-time regular season record in Colorado heading into their Loveland finale is 14-12-6.
Brass and Bold…
Brady Brassart led the charge in the Steelheads comeback win Friday, netting the tying and go-ahead goals in the second period and then scoring the only goal of the eight-round shootout, his first shootout goal of the season and the second of his professional career. Since rejoining the Steelheads from his professional tryout with AHL Utica, Brassart has picked up right where he left off with five goals and eight points in seven games. He has 31 points in 28 games this season, the best points-per-game pace of his professional career.
Drayson Bowman struck for two goals on Friday night, pushing his totals to 13 goals and 36 points in 40 games this season. The veteran of 180 NHL games has done damage against Idaho this season, racking up four goals and nine points in eight games during the season series. Without Jesse Mychan and Matt Garbowsky in the lineup for Colorado’s last eight games, and with the Steelheads giving plenty of attention to league-leading goal scorer Michael Joly, Bowman has become an even more important cog in Colorado’s offensive machine. He has five goals and eight points in the Eagles’ last nine games.
Goals: McParland (21)
Assists: J. Dahl (30)
Points: J. Dahl (48)
Plus/Minus: McParland (+16)
Power Play Goals: J. Dahl (8)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.74)
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)
Steelheads earn three-game sweep in Colorado
Play of the gameJefferson Dahl moved past Darrell Hay for sole possession of third place on the Steelheads’ all-time ECHL scoring list, beating Lukas Hafner for his 19th goal of the season at 10:18 of the second period. On a 2-on-2 rush into the Eagles zone, Max French drew two defenders to him before a subtle dish to the top of the left circle found Dahl for the wrist shot past Hafner. Dahl has 14 multi-point games this season.
Boise, ID (2/10/18)— The Idaho Steelheads (28-15-6) scored three goals in the second period and Philippe Desrosiers stopped 26 shots en route to a 3-1 win over the Colorado Eagles (31-12-5) on Saturday night at Budweiser Events Center, securing a sweep of the three-game series. Idaho has won five of its last six and moved within five points of Colorado for the top spot in the Mountain Division, with the teams meeting for three more games in Boise next week.
The Steelheads earned their first three-game sweep in Loveland since October of 2012, winning their last-ever regular season game at Budweiser Events Center.
Henrik Samuelsson notched a three-point night with a goal and two assists, opening the scoring at 5:52 of the second period. Will Merchant entered the zone on a 3-on-2 rush , dropping a pass to Samuelsson in the high slot for a wrist shot past Lukas Hafner and Samuelsson’s 16th goal of the season.
At 10:18 of the second, Idaho struck again with Jefferson Dahl wiring his 19th goal of the season on a shot from the left circle to give the Steelheads a 2-0 lead. With two points on the night, Jefferson Dahl has 199 points in his Steelheads career, ranked third on the Steelheads’ all-time ECHL scoring list.
Justin Parizek would extend the Steelheads’ lead with his 21st goal of the season at 18:27 of the second period. Colorado’s Ryan Harrison was called for tripping Desrosiers and shortly after Hafner was whistled for high-sticking. Parizek cashed in on the 5-on-3 power play, beating Hafner from the top of the left circle with a high wrist shot.
Drayson Bowman would score Colorado’s only goal with seven seconds left in the second period, redirecting a shot from his brother Collin Bowman for his 14th goal of the year.
Desrosiers cemented his 18th win of the season with eleven saves on eleven shots in the third period.
Samuelsson has two goals and ten points in his last eight games.
The Eagles are winless in their last six games (0-5-1), their longest winless streak of the season.
The Steelheads and Eagles move to CenturyLink Arena on Wednesday night, with puck-drop scheduled for 7:10pm MT. The game is available on 1350AM KTIK and seen on Cable One and ECHLTV.
Goals: Samuelsson (16), Dahl (19), Parizek (21)
Philippe Desrosiers: 26 saves on 27 shots
Power Play: 1-for-5
Penalty Kill: 5-for-5
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Henrik Samuelsson IDH
- Philippe Desrosiers IDH
- Drayson Bowman COL
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Henrik Samuelsson: Goal, two assists, 3 shots, plus-1 rating