Idaho Steelheads vs. Tulsa Oilers
Date(s) - Sat Jan 20, 2018
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Steelheads and Oilers meet again on Saturday night at BOK Center, with Idaho looking for back-to-back wins to kick off its six-game road trip and the Oilers hoping to bounce back from their seventh regulation loss in their last ten games on home ice. The Steelheads are in second place in the Mountain Division, three points clear of third place Wichita. The Oilers are outside the playoff picture, seven points behind Allen for the final spot.
Joe Faust’s fifth goal of the season snapped a 2-2 tie with 4:48 remaining on Friday night, a slap shot from the right point that beat goaltender Devin Williams over the blocker. Daniel Tedesco and AJ White both had a goal and an assist, while Eric Sweetman posted two helpers to go along with a plus-2 rating. Philippe Desrosiers stopped 26 shots for his 16th win of the season.
Filling New Roles…
Injuries early in the first period forced the Steelheads to improvise on Friday night. With two defensemen down, rookie center Alexander Dahl moved back to the blue line and played significant minutes, finishing with an even rating and three shots on goal. The move pushed Daniel Tedesco onto a line with AJ White and Connor Chatham, and the line responded with a combined two goals and five points. Tedesco earned his first multi-point performance in the ECHL, scoring the game’s first goal and finishing with three shots on net.
Mac For Short…
Steve McParland’s second shorthanded goal of the season erased the only Tulsa lead of the game on Friday, the puck beating Devin Williams just 1:38 after the Oilers had taken a 2-1 lead. The Oilers lead the league with nine shorthanded goals, but it was Idaho’s seventh of the year that turned the tide after a Connor Chatham shot bounced off of Williams and rolled to McParland at the side of the goal. The Steelheads have three shorthanded tallies in the past six games.
A Bleack Picture…
The Steelheads will try to clamp down on Conner Bleackley on Saturday night, a St. Louis Blues draft pick and the Oilers’ All-Star representative this season. Bleackley scored Tulsa’s first goal on Friday, breaking to the net after a give-and-go with Kale Kessy to beat Philippe Desrosiers over the shoulder and tie the game 1-1. Bleackley has scored five goals in his last four games, launching 21 shots in that span for a shooting percentage of 23.8 percent. He has two goals and an assist in four games against the Steelheads this season.
Goals: Parizek/McParland (17)
Assists: J. Dahl (25)
Points: J. Dahl (40)
Plus/Minus: Sweetman (+12)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson (7)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.46)
Goals: Sampair/Bleackley (15)
Assists: Sides (18)
Points: Sampair (27)
Plus/Minus: Kaunisto (+8)
Power Play Goals: Bleackley (4)
Goals-Against Average: Williams (2.80)
Sooner State Sweep
Play of the gameSteve McParland’s effort on the backcheck helped spring the odd-man rush that would become Justin Parizek’s 18th goal of the season. With the Oilers pulling ahead on a 4-on-2 rush, McParland hustled all the way back to pick the pocket of Steve Kaunisto high in the Idaho zone. With four Oilers trapped deep, Cole Ully turned it the other way with Parizek, feeding the pass from left wing to right on a 2-on-1 and sending Parizek in alone for a backhand deke and a 3-1 Idaho lead.
Tulsa, OK (1/20/18)— Jefferson Dahl and Cole Ully each registered three-point nights and Charlie Dodero tallied the game-winner, as the Idaho Steelheads (23-11-6) skated past the Tulsa Oilers (15-17-8) 4-3 at BOK Center on Saturday night, earning a two-game sweep of their weekend set in Tulsa.
The Steelheads have won six consecutive contests at BOK Center dating back to December of 2015. They have won four of five meetings with the Oilers this season.
The Oilers opened the scoring at 2:38 of the first period on a power play wrist shot by Garrett Ladd, beating Philippe Desrosiers from the top of the right circle for his eleventh goal of the season. The Steelheads would respond with two goals in a span of 2:11, both scored by Dahl in front of the net.
At 7:18 of the first, Dodero stared down pressure at the offensive blue line off of a face-off win, drawing two players to him before dishing the pass off to Ully. Ully zipped a pass down low where Dahl was alone in front of Jake Hildebrand, waiting the Oilers’ goalie down to the ice before lifting his 16th goal of the season under the cross bar.
Dahl scored again at 9:29 on a 5-on-3 power play, taking a Henrik Samuelsson feed at the side of the goal to score his 18th of the year.
Dahl has posted four multi-goal games and seven three-point games for Idaho this season.
The Steelheads took a 3-1 lead at 14:06 of the second period, with Justin Parizek finishing a 2-on-1 rush for his 18th goal of the season. Steve McParland forced a turnover on the back-check when he disrupted Steve Kaunisto to break up a 4-on-2 Oilers rush. Ully brought the puck the other way in transition and fed Parizek, who waltzed in from the right circle to beat Hildebrand on the backhand.
Dodero made it 4-1 at 17:13 of the second, beating Hildebrand with a wrist shot from the high slot for his third of the season moments after Desrosiers had made a blocker save on Ryan Tesink on a break to the net.
The Oilers pulled to within a goal with two tallies in the third. Adam Pleskach buried a power play rebound in the slot at 9:29 of the third, his 12th of the season, and Justin Selman added another with his second of the year at 11:28.
Desrosiers would surrender no more, making 35 saves for his 17th win of the season. It included a breakaway save late in the third period on Charlie Sampair, protecting a one-goal lead against the Oilers’ leading scorer.
Despite two power play goals surrendered, the Steelheads’ penalty kill was significant earlier in the game when it killed off 1:14 of 4-on-3 penalty time followed immediately by 46 more seconds of a 5-on-3 disadvantage.
The Steelheads return to action on Wednesday night for the first game of a three-game set against the Colorado Eagles at Budweiser Events Center. Puck-drop is cheduled for 7:05 MT with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Dahl (16,17), Parizek (18), Dodero (3)
Philippe Desrosiers: 35 saves on 38 shots
Power Play: 1-for-5
Penalty Kill: 4-for-6
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Jefferson Dahl IDH
- Cole Ully IDH
- Conner Bleackely TUL
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jefferson Dahl: 2 goals, assist, 4 shots, plus-2 rating