Idaho Steelheads vs Rapid City Rush
Date(s) - Wed Dec 20, 2017
6:05 pm - 10:00 pm
After a busy home schedule in December, the Steelheads will ready themselves for three contests in the Black Hills prior to the Christmas break. The Steelheads have won their first four meetings this season with the Rapid City Rush, the most recent of which took place in Boise last Wednesday. The Steelheads look to bounce back from a 5-3 loss against the Wichita Thunder on Saturday night, while the Rush have lost eight in a row heading into a five-game home stand.
The Steelheads held a 2-1 lead in Saturday’s second period before the Thunder tied the game in the middle frame’s final minute and then stormed for three goals in the third. Tommy Thompson netted his second goal of the season, followed by Charlie Dodero’s first of the year just 22 second later. Jefferson Dahl also netted a power play goal in the third, but it wasn’t enough as Idaho’s winning streak was snapped at three games.
The Steelhead roster boasts five players with points streaks of three points or more, led last week by the scoring touch of Henrik Samuelsson. Samuelsson netted two goals and six points in three contests, including a three-point night against the Rush last Wednesday. AJ White also had a good night when the Steelheads last met Rapid City, notching two assists to launch what is now a three-game assist streak, in which he has four helpers. Jefferson Dahl has goals in three straight contests, a streak interrupted by injury that dates back to December 2nd. Tommy Thompson has one point in all four games since returning to Idaho from AHL Texas (1-3-4) and Joe Faust has two goals and an assist over the last three contests.
Heading for the Hills…
The Steelheads carry a six-game road winning streak into the Black Hills this week, although they have played only two road games since November 18th. Even so, the Steelheads enjoyed their last trip to Rapid City with a three-game sweep of the Rush, a series that concluded with a three-goal third period comeback in a 3-2 victory. The Steelheads have won eight consecutive contests at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, their last defeat coming almost a year ago on December 28th. The Rush have lost eight in a row, but only one of those losses came at home where they have been a much better team. The Rush have earned 12 points on home ice this season, compared to just two on the road.
Dante Salituro has earned his share of attention this season for the Rush, the rookie putting up 23 points in 21 games this season and scoring four goals in the first three meetings this year with Idaho. The Steelheads did a good job keeping Salituro in check last Wednesday, but Pavel Jenys did break through for his fifth goal of the season. Jenys has stayed hot, now riding a four-game goal-scoring streak in which he has collected five goals and an assist.It is Jenys’ best scoring stretch since last January, when he netted seven goals in seven games from January 20th to January 31st. The Rush will look to Jenys for more secondary scoring after their transactions in the last few days, dealing away veteran Darian Dziurzynski (1-1-2 in eight games) and Jimmy DeVito (5-10-15 in 21 games) on Tuesday.
Goals: McParland (12)
Assists: Corbett (17)
Points: Samuelsson/McParland (22)
Plus/Minus: Corbett (+9)
Power Play Goals: McParland/Samuelsson (5)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.28)
Goals: Salituro (11)
Assists: Sivak (14)
Points: Salituro (23)
Plus/Minus: Leavens (-2)
Power Play Goals: Salituro (4)
Goals-Against Average: Owen (4.49)
Steelheads score six in route of Rush
Play of the gameDaniel Tedesco had his first ECHL goal taken away on Saturday after a referee’s ruling was overturned, but he bounced back to officially log his first ECHL goal in Rapid City on Wednesday with Idaho’s third tally of the game. Tedesco fed Steve McParland through the neutral zone and followed the play, getting the pass back in the high slot to wire a wrister past Shane Owen. Tedesco has points in back-to-back games for Idaho.
Rapid City, SD (12/20/17)— Jefferson Dahl and Joe Faust both enjoyed four-point nights for the Idaho Steelheads (17-8-4) at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Wednesday night, as they skated to a 6-1 win over the Rapid City Rush (7-19-0) for their seventh consecutive road win and ninth win in their last 12 games.
Dahl had two goals and two assists and Faust had a goal and three helpers, while Henrik Samuelsson had a three-point performance. Daniel Tedesco netted his first ECHL goal, with Idaho’s five-goal win serving as their largest margin of victory this season. The Steelheads have won all five meetings with the Rush this season, and they have won nine consecutive games at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center dating back to December 28th of last season.
Faust opened the scoring for the Steelheads at 15:38 of the first period, creeping down from the right point to finish a Jefferson Dahl feed from the side of the net for his third goal of the season, all coming in the last four games. At 18:20 of the first, Connor Chatham made it 2-0 with his sixth of the season with a redirect of a Charlie Dodero point shot.
The Rush threatened once in the first when Jack Walker broke in with a shorthanded breakaway denied by the pad of Philippe Desrosiers. Derosiers made 28 saves to earn his 12th win of the season.
In the second period, Tedesco would extend the lead to 3-0. Steve McParland entered the zone on the right wing and dropped a pass to the high slot, where Tedesco had room to pick a spot past Shane Owen’s blocker for his first ECHL tally. Just 2:01 later, Jefferson Dahl made it 4-0 with a deflection of an Eric Sweetman shot, his ninth of the year.
Between the Tedesco and Dahl goals, the Steelheads did get another puck behind Owen on a Corey Durocher deflection, a goal that was called back due to a high stick.
Samuelsson made it 5-0 for Idaho at 1:27 of the third period, a blocked point shot landing at his feet in front of the Rush net for a spin-around finish and his eleventh goal of the year.
Walker got the Rush on the board to spoil Desrosiers’ shutout bid with 12:33 remaining, squeezing a wrist shot through Desrosiers’ pad from the left circle for his first pro goal to make it 5-1. Just 32 seconds later, Dahl would push the lead to 6-1 with his second goal of the game and tenth of the season on a wrist shot off the post and in.
Dahl now has five goals during a four-game goal scoring streak. Samuelsson has three goals and nine points during a four-game points streak. Chatham had 11 shots on goal, the most by a Steelhead in a game this season.
The Steelheads moved into sole possession of second place in the Mountain Division with the win, overtaking the Wichita Thunder. The Rush have lost nine games in a row.
The Steelheads and Rush continue their series on Friday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, with puck-drop scheduled for 7:05pm MT and the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Faust (3), Chatham (6), Tedesco (1), Dahl (9,10), Samuelsson (11)
Philippe Desrosiers: 28 saves on 29 shots
Power Play: 2-for-5
Penalty Kill: 0-for-2
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Connor Chatham IDH
- Jefferson Dahl IDH
- Joe Faust IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jefferson Dahl: 2 goals, 2 assists, 3 shots, plus-1 rating