Idaho Steelheads vs. Rapid City Rush
Date(s) - Sat Nov 18, 2017
7:05 pm - 10:30 pm
The Steelheads cap off their five-game road trip in search of their first series sweep of the season, looking to make it four wins in a row when they face the Rapid City Rush at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Saturday night. The Steelheads earned a 4-1 win on Friday night in the Black Hills, giving the Steelheads at least four goals scored in each game of their current three-game winning streak and in five of their last seven contests. The Rush have lost consecutive games after entering the series with a four-game winning streak of their own.
Brady Brassart scored twice on Friday, once in the final four minutes of the third period and another into an empty net, to extend his points streak to a career-high nine games. Will Merchant and Connor Chatham also tallied for Idaho, while Ryan Faragher stopped 24 shots to earn his second straight win.
Black Hills Hospitality…
The Steelheads have enjoyed their visits to Rapid City dating back to the second half of last year. Idaho has won its last seven consecutive visits to Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, outscoring the Rush 23-10 over that time. Idaho has also held the Rush to two goals or fewer in five of those seven games, with Ryan Faragher carrying a shutout bid into the final 1:25 on Friday night to improve his record to 7-2-1all-time against Rapid City. Overall, the Steelheads have won nine of their last ten games against the Rush dating back to December 2016.
Make Way for Merch …
Will Merchant’s power play goal on Friday was his third goal of the season, giving him goals in back-to-back games for the first time this season. After having the start of his season slowed by injury, Merchant has come on strong with three goals and eight points in his last seven games. Friday was Merchant’s first power play goal of the season after he ranked second among ECHL rookies last year with 12.
Merchant’s power play goal for Idaho made the Steelheads the first team this season to score power play goals in consecutive games against the Rush, who rank first in the league on the penalty kill at 91.2 percent and had given up only four power play goals this season heading into the series. The Steelheads have netted power play goals in three consecutive games and in seven of their past nine, going 11-for-56 with the man-advantage over that span and with five different power play goal scorers. The Steelheads power play is ranked eleventh in the ECHL at 17.1 percent.
Goals: Brassart/Parizek (8)
Assists: Brassart (10)
Points: Brassart (18)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+10)
Power Play Goals: McParland (4)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.68)
Goals: Miller (7)
Assists: Three players (7)
Points: Miller/Salituro (12)
Plus/Minus: Caito (+5)
Power Play Goals: Miller/Salituro (2)
Goals-Against Average: Vay (2.95)
White caps comeback for fourth straight win
Play of the gameAJ White scored his first goal since opening night and it was a big one, finishing a shorthanded 2-on-1 rush to cap a three-goal Steelheads comeback effort. Connor Chatham started the play, forcing a turnover at the Idaho line after and ill-advised pass from Gustav Bouramman. On the way down the ice, Chatham showed patience to out-wait Bouramman before setting up White for the deke on Adam Vay. White had to stop on the puck after his first shot didn’t go, but he banged in the rebound for the eventual game-winner.
Rapid City, SD (11/18/17)— The Idaho Steelheads (8-3-4) scored three unanswered goals in the third period on Saturday night, capped by AJ White’s shorthanded goal that was the game-winner in a 3-2 win over the Rapid City Rush (5-9-0) at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center.
With the win, the Steelheads earned a three-game sweep of the Rush, won their fourth in a row, and finished 4-1-0 on their five-game road trip. It is the second time in four games that the Steelheads have overcome a two-goal third period deficit to win.
With the score tied 2-2, Connor Chatham forced a turnover on the penalty kill at the Idaho blue line, rushing ahead on a 2-on-1 break with White. Chatham waited to carry around a sliding defender before sliding the puck to White, who deked to the backhand before burying his second goal of the year for a 3-2 Steelheads lead with 6:59 left in regulation.
The Steelheads have four shorthanded goals this season, tied for third in the ECHL.
Trailing 2-0 at the start of the third period, the Steelheads began their comeback with a 5-on-3 power play goal at 3:28 when Justin Parizek scored his ninth of the season from the high slot. The Steelheads have scored power play goals in four straight games and in eight of their past ten contests.
At 9:11, the Steelheads tied the score at 2-2 when Mitch Moroz and Chatham each forced two turnovers on the forecheck, with Moroz ultimately sliding a puck between goaltender Adam Vay’s legs for his third goal of the year.
The Rush earned a 2-0 lead with goals in each of the first two periods. Dante Salituro scored his seventh goal of the season, and fourth in the past three games, with a power play rebound at 13:34 of the first period. At 13:43 of the second, Peter Sivak won a race to a dump-in in the Idaho zone shortly after exiting the penalty box, picking the puck up behind the goal line and walking to the front of the net for his first goal of the season.
Philippe Desrosiers made 22 saves to improve to 6-1-2 on the season. Brady Brassart’s points streak ended at nine games, while Parizek extended his points streak to six games.
The Steelheads have won eight consecutive games at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center dating back to last season, as well as ten of the last eleven meetings with the Rush
The Steelheads return home for a three-game series with the Allen Americans, starting Wednesday night at CenturyLink Arena. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK, Cable One, and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Parizek (9), Moroz (3), White (2)
Philippe Desrosiers: 22 saves on 24 shots
Power Play: 1-for-5
Penalty Kill: 3-for-4
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- AJ White IDH
- Connor Chatham IDH
- Dante Salituro RCR
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Connor Chatham: 2 assists, plus-1 rating