Idaho Steelheads vs. Rapid City Rush
Date(s) - Fri Feb 23, 2018
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads continue their series in Rapid City on Friday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, following a 4-2 win in Wednesday’s opener. The Steelheads have won seven of eight meetings this season with the Rush, including six of seven in the Black Hills. Idaho is six points back of first-place Colorado in the Mountain Division standings, while the Rush sit in last place and remain 17 points outside the playoff picture.
Max French scored twice for the Steelheads on Wednesday, part of a three-point game, to cement the team’s eighth win in eleven games. Cole Ully and Will Merchant scored 46 seconds apart early in the first period to give the Steelheads a 2-0 lead. Kenton Miller and Pavel Jenys found the scoresheet for the Rush, but Philippe Desorsiers made 23 saves for his fourth win in his last five starts.
Max French’s two-goal performance on Wednesday was his second straight two-goal outing and his first professional three-point game. French has five goals and eight points in his last six games, and he has totaled 53 shots on goal in 14 games this season. In each of the last two games, French has scored both of his goals within ten minutes of each other.
Moving the Mountain…
The Steelheads have won seven of eight contests against the Rush this season, and they have had strong numbers against every Mountain Division opponent during the course of the year. The Steelheads have a winning record this season against every Mountain Division team besides Wichita, against whom they split their only two meetings. Idaho is 29-15-3 this season against the Mountain Division, their 61 points within the division two better than Colorado.
Kenton Miller scored his team-leading 19th goal of the season on Friday, a power play goal in the second period. Miller was without a point in his prior three games, but that followed one of the best week-long stretches of his career. Miller had a four-game goal-scoring streak from February 2nd to February 10th, racking up seven goals and eight points over that stretch. Miller had 31 goals a season ago playing with Elmira and Wheeling, a season in which he scored eight goals during a six-game goal-scoring streak.
Goals: McParland (23)
Assists: J. Dahl (33)
Points: J. Dahl (53)
Plus/Minus: McParland (+19)
Power Play Goals: J. Dahl/McParland (8)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.60)
Goals: Miller (19)
Assists: Sivak (27)
Points: Sivak (43)
Plus/Minus: Caito (5)
Power Play Goals: Salituro (6)
Goals-Against Average: Vay (3.50)
Sivak, Rush skate past Steelheads
Play of the gameChristian Frey protected Rapid City’s lead late in the third period with a sprawling save on Steve McParland. Down 3-2, McParland drove down the right wing on defenseman Gustav Bouramman. With a backhand toe-drag move, McParland got around Bouramman and drove to the front of the net, only to be stopped in close by the outstretched pad of Frey.
Rapid City, SD (2/23/18)— Peter Sivak’s goal with 13:10 left in regulation held up as the game-winner on Friday night at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, as the Rapid City Rush (19-31-3) skated past the Idaho Steelheads (31-18-6) for a 4-2 victory.
Sivak, returning from a seven game absence, collected a loose puck in the high slot off of a Kenton Miller rush and fired it past Philippe Desrosiers’ blocker for his 17th of the season to make it 3-2. Matt Caito would add his fourth goal of the season into an empty net with 1:26 remaining to seal the game 4-2 for the Rush.
Max French netted the first goal of the game 2:55 into the first period when he spun a backhander from the high slot over goaltender Christian Frey for his seventh goal of the season. French has five goals during a three-game goal-scoring streak.
Andrew Miller tied the game for Rapid City at 13:26 of the first, finding the rebound of a blocked point shot in the right-wing circle and backhanding it off of Desrosiers and in for his third goal of the season.
With two penalties late in the first period to Alexander Dahl and AJ White, the Rush opened the second period with a 5-on-3 advantage. They capitalized 57 seconds into the middle frame with Dante Salituro’s one-timer from the left circle past Desrosiers giving Rapid City a 2-1 lead. It was Salituro’s 19th goal of the season and his first in eleven games.
Steve McParland netted a power play goal of his own at 5:52 of the second period off of a scramble in front to tie the game 2-2, his team-leading 24th goal and ninth power play goal of the season.
The Steelheads appeared to take the lead late in the second period when Cole Ully netted a rebound past Frey, but the goal was disallowed after the referee had already blown the whistle.
Caito and Pavel Janys both had two-point nights for Rapid City.
Desrosiers made 31 saves in the loss. Frey made 23 saves for the Rush earning his third win of the season.
The Steelheads and Rush meet for the rubber-match of their three-game series on Saturday 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: French (7), McParland (24)
Philippe Desrosiers: 31 saves on 34 shots
Power Play: 1-for-7
Penalty Kill: 4-for-5
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Matt Caito RCR
- Pavel Jenys RCR
- Dante Salituro RCR
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Peter Sivak: Game-winning goal, 3 shots, plus-1 rating