Idaho Steelheads vs. Tulsa Oilers
Date(s) - Fri Jan 19, 2018
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Steelheads return from the All-Star Break with six straight games on the road, beginning with a pair in Oklahoma at the BOK Center against the Tulsa Oilers. It’s the Steelheads’ first visit of the season to Tulsa, and their first road trip of January. The Steelheads and Oilers did meet for a three-game set at CenturyLink Arena at the start of December, with each team earning a regulation win and Idaho grabbing the extra point in a shootout on November 29th. The Steelheads sit second in the Mountain Division, a point ahead of Wichita and 12 back of Colorado. The Oilers are outside the playoff picture, seven points back of the Allen Americans.
The Steelheads earned a point last weekend in a 3-2 overtime loss to the Kalamazoo Wings in Boise. Former Steelhead Justin Taylor scored his 21st goal of the season at 2:25 of overtime to earn the extra point for the Wings. The game reached overtime thanks to the last minute effort of Henrik Samuelsson, who scored his 14th goal of the season with 35 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 2-2. Jefferson Dahl also scored during the comeback effort, while Philippe Desrosiers made a season-high 39 stops.
Idaho’s Justin Parizek and Tulsa’s Conner Bleackley both took part in the ECHL All-Star Classic in Indianapolis on Monday, and both look to continue strong goal-scoring stretches in regular-season play. Parizek enters play Friday with five goals and seven points in his last six games, ranked second among all ECHL rookies in goals and fifth in points. Bleackley has four goals in his last four contests for the Oilers, despite a minus-3 rating over that stretch.
A-OK at BOK…
The Steelheads hit the ice at BOK Center for the first time this season, a building where they’ve enjoyed success since making their first visit on December 10, 2015. Since dropping that first meeting, the Steelheads have won four consecutive games in Tulsa, outscoring the Oilers 16-8 in those four games. The Oilers have won just six of 16 home games this season, going 2-6-1 over their last nine games at BOK Center and outscored 36-24 during that stretch.
Charlie Sampair continues an outstanding sophomore season for Tulsa, leading the Oilers in goals and points. Sampair totaled just three goals and 13 points in 44 games last season for Head Coach Rob Murray in Alaska. He has found a larger role for Murray with the Oilers, racking up four goals and eight points in the past nine games and averaging five shots on goal per night during that stretch. Sampair has three goals in three games against Idaho this season, one coming shorthanded. Tulsa leads the ECHL with nine shorthanded goals this season.
Goals: Parizek (17)
Assists: J. Dahl (24)
Points: J. Dahl (39)
Plus/Minus: Sweetman/McParland (+10)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson (7)
Goals-Against Average: Faragher (2.47)
Goals: Sampair (15)
Assists: Sides (18)
Points: Sampair (27)
Plus/Minus: Kaunisto (+9)
Power Play Goals: Bleackley (4)
Goals-Against Average: Williams (2.78)
Late Faust goal powers Steelheads past Oilers
Play of the gameSteve McParland netted Idaho’s seventh shorthanded goal of the season to tie the game 2-2 late in the second period, just 1:38 after the Oilers had grabbed their only lead of the game. Chatham gloved down a flip to the neutral zone, just outside the Tulsa blue line, and attacked down the left wing. Chatham’s sharp-angled shot went off the chest of Devin Williams and rolled to the side of the net. McParland was there waiting for it, dunking the puck into an open net to tie the score.
Tulsa, OK (1/19/18)— Joe Faust’s slap shot past Devin Williams with 4:48 left in regulation held up as the winner on Friday night, as the Idaho Steelheads (22-11-6) topped the Tulsa Oilers (15-16-8) 4-2 at BOK Center. The Steelheads have earned at least a point in six of the last seven games.
Off an offensive zone face-off, Jefferson Dahl won the puck cleanly back to the right point. Faust stepped into a one-timer that beat Williams to the blocker side for his fifth goal of the season to make it 3-2 Steelheads.
AJ White would add his fourth goal of the year into an empty net with 46 seconds remaining to cement a 4-2 victory, Idaho’s fifth consecutive win at BOK Center dating back to December 11, 2015.
The Steelheads opened the scoring at 3:25 of the second period, when Daniel Tedesco beat Williams for his second goal of the season. Williams made the initial save on an Eric Sweetman point shot, the rebound rolling to the side of the net. White scooped up the loose puck and fed Tedesco in front for a 1-0 Idaho lead.
The Oilers drew even at 11:44 of the second when Conner Bleackley cut through the Idaho defense on a give-and-go with Kale Kessy. Bleackley beat Desrosiers over the shoulder for his 15th goal of the season to make it 1-1. At 17:01 the Oilers made it 2-1 when Vladimir Nikiforov found Ryan Tesink with a cross-ice pass at the right post for Tesink’s fourth goal of the year.
The Steelheads were called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty following the Tesink goal, but they would still tie the game at 18:39 with their seventh shorthanded goal of the season. After Connor Chatham forced a turnover in the neutral zone, he carried the puck down the left wing wall and fired a shot off Williams, the rebound put in by Steve McParland for his 17th goal of the season.
Philippe Desrosiers made 26 saves for his 16th win of the season, including post-to-post saves on Justin Selman and Charlie Sampair in the third period to protect a 2-2 tie.
The Steelheads and Oilers meet again at BOK Center on Saturday night to wrap up their two-game set. Puck-drop is scheduled for 6:05pm MT with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Tedesco (2), McParland (17), Faust (5), White (4)
Philippe Desrosiers: 26 saves on 28 shots
Power Play: 0-for-3
Penalty Kill: 6-for-6
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- AJ White IDH
- Devin Williams TUL
- Steve McParland IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Daniel Tedesco: Goal, assist, 3 shots, plus-1 rating