Idaho Steelheads vs. Rapid City Rush
Date(s) - Wed Nov 15, 2017
7:05 pm - 10:30 pm
The Steelheads make their first visit of the season to the Black Hills for a three-game set with the Rapid City Rush, kicking it off on Wednesday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Steelheads earned a split of their two-game visit to Allen with a 5-4 shootout win over the Americans on Saturday night. The Rush have won four in a row after back-to-back overtime wins over the Colorado Eagles.
The Steelheads earned their first road win and first shootout wins in Allen, as well as their first win in a game they trailed after 40 minutes. Down 4-2 in the third period, Steve McParland and Justin Parizek both netted power play goals, and Parizek added the only goal of the shootout. Henrik Samuelsson and Jefferson Dahl both scored in the first period, Dahl’s goal shorthanded, and Philippe Desrosiers made 29 saves and stopped all three shootout attempts for his fifth win of the season. The Steelheads have earned at least a point in six of the last seven games.
Streak at Seven…
Brady Brassart enters Wednesday’s game with a seven-game points streak, matching a career-high after recording three goals and nine points during that stretch. The first-year Steelhead earned his 100th professional point during the streak with an assist on November 4th against Colorado. Brassart’s run has him tied for 14th in league scoring, five points back of the league-lead. That success has been bolstered by the play of his linemates as well, with Steve McParland netting five goals in the past six games and Justin Parizek scoring four goals and totaling eight points in his last seven outings. Parizek has yet to go more than one game without a goal this season.
Going In for the Kill …
Idaho will face the ECHL’s top-ranked penalty kill on Wednesday, a Rush unit that is clicking at 92.6 percent and has surrendered only four power play goals on the season. The Rush have killed off the last 34 shorthanded situations they have faced, and they’ve been perfect shorthanded in nine of 11 contests. The Steelheads power play is in the midst of its best stretch of the season, with Saturday’s performance in Allen giving Idaho at least one power play goal in five of the last seven games and a 21.4 percent success rate over that stretch. The Steelheads have five power play goals in the last eight periods.
About the Rush…
After an 0-5-0 start to the season, the Rush have bounced back under new Head Coach Dan Tetrault with a four-game winning streak and five wins in their last six, including two overtime wins and one in the shootout. Kenton Miller leads the Rush in scoring and enters Wednesday’s game with four goals and six points during a five-game points streak. Rookie Jimmy DeVito scored the OT-winner in Rapid City’s last game against Colorado and has three goals and seven points in the past seven games. The Rush made trades in the past two weeks to bring in veterans Peter Sivak from Utah and Darian Dziurzynski from the Toledo Walleye. Sivak has three assists in four games for the Rush, while Dziurzynski is expected to make his Rush debut Wednesday after earning three assists in his first ten games in Toledo. The Rush are in last place in the Mountain Division, but they sit four points back of fourth place Utah with games in hand on every team in the division but Wichita.
Goals: Parizek (7)
Assists: Brassart/J. Dahl (8)
Points: Brassart (14)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+7)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson/McParland (3)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.68)
Goals: Miller (7)
Assists: Guptill/DeVito (6)
Points: Miller (11)
Plus/Minus: Caito (+4)
Power Play Goals: Miller (2)
Goals-Against Average: Vay (2.39)
Steelheads halt the Rush in 4-3 win
Play of the gameCody Corbett’s first goal as a Steelhead was the final of three scoring plays for Idaho generated from the blue line. With the Rush defense sinking deep in their own zone, there was plenty of room for the defenseman to utilize up high. After Corbin Baldwin and Joe Faust each had shots redirected in just 56 seconds apart, Corbett was able to finish his scoring chance by himself by skating in to the top of the left circle and beating Adam Vay cleanly with a wrist shot for an important insurance goal that held up as the game-winner.
Rapid City, SD (11/15/17)— Cody Corbett’s first goal as a Steelhead held up as the eventual game-winner and Ryan Faragher made 27 saves in his Steelheads debut, as the Idaho Steelheads (6-3-4) skated to a 4-3 win over the Rapid City Rush (5-7-0) at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Wednesday night. The victory gave Idaho back-to-back wins and points in seven of the last eight contests, while the Rush saw a four-game winning streak come to an end.
With a goal and an assist, Corbett posted a multi-point game for the fourth time in the last six games. Brady Brassart collected two assists to extend his points streak to a career-best eight games.
At 14:35 of the second period with the Steelheads already ahead 3-2, Will Merchant held the puck in the right-wing corner and drew all five Rush players in deep before sliding a pass out to the right point for Joe Faust. Faust slid a pass across the blue line for Corbett, who skated uncontested to the top of the left circle before snapping a wrist shot past Rush goaltender Adam Vay for his first of the year.
Ryan Faragher stopped 10 off 11 shots in the third period to close out his first win of the season, only surrendering a rebound goal to Alex Guptill with five seconds left in regulation to close the score to 4-3. Faragher made two stops on Peter Sivak in the final frame, one a wrister from the high slot and another from just above the crease to deny the former ECHL All-Star his first goal of the year.
The Rush opened the scoring at 6:01 of the first period on a 5-on-3 power play goal. A Matt Caito point shot was blocked by Corbin Baldwin, with the ricochet rolling to Dante Salituro at the left circle for his fourth of the season and a 1-0 Rush lead.
The top-ranked Rapid City penalty kill had killed 35 consecutive disadvantages, but the Steelhead power play broke through at 15:38 of the first to tie the game. Corbett fed a pass from high in the zone to the side of the net, where Steve McParland gathered it in and walked above the goal line to beat Vay over the shoulder for his seventh goal of the season, and team-leading fourth on the power play. McParland has six goals in his last seven games.
The Steelheads grabbed their first lead at 5:46 of the second period with a Will Merchant redirect in the high slot of a Corbin Baldwin shot, Merchant’s second goal of the year. Baldwin has five assists in the last seven games.
Just 56 seconds after Merchant’s goal, Justin Parizek scored on another redirect near the same spot, this time tipping a shot from Faust for a 3-1 Idaho lead. Rapid City would answer 41 seconds later with Salituro’s second of the game from a net-mouth scramble.
With the victory, Idaho earned their second win this season when surrendering the first goal. They have earned at least a point in five of eight games when trailing first. Idaho has moved into a tie with Colorado for third place in the Mountain Division.
The Steelheads and Rush meet again on Friday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:05pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: McParland (6), Merchant (2), Parizek (8), Corbett (1)
Ryan Faragher: 27 saves on 30 shots
Power Play: 1-for-5
Penalty Kill: 3-for-4
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Will Merchant IDH
- Brady Brassart IDH
- Dante Salituro RCR
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Cody Corbett: Game-winning goal, assist, plus-1 rating