Idaho Steelheads vs. Utah Grizzlies
Date(s) - Mon Dec 04, 2017
7:05 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads kick off a string of four consecutive contests against the Utah Grizzlies on Monday night at Maverik Center. The Steelheads are on the road for the first two games of the head-to-head after wrapping up their six-game home stand with a win over the Tulsa Oilers on Saturday. The Steelheads are in the midst of a stretch of seven games in 11 days that will conclude on Saturday. The Grizzlies are coming off an overtime loss in Colorado and are winless (0-3-4) in their last seven games.
Steve McParland scored the Teddy Bear Toss goal on Saturday night, getting his ninth goal of the season on a first period breakaway. Jefferson Dahl extended the lead with a power play goal, scored with four seconds left in the first period. Philippe Desrosiers made a season-high 36 saves for his ninth win of the season.
With Saturday’s win, Philippe Desrosiers improved to 9-1-2 on the season, his nine victories tied for second most in the ECHL this season. Desrosiers has won five consecutive starts, sporting a .926 save percentage and a 2.14 goals-against average over that span. The current five-game winning streak is the longest of Desrosiers’ professional career, and he is 1-0-1 this year in two starts against Utah.
More Power to You…
With Jefferson Dahl’s power play goal on Saturday, the Steelheads have scored at least one power play goal in five straight games, their longest such streak since they scored on the power play in five straight between November 4th and November 12th of last season. The Steelheads are 10-for-28 on the power play during the streak, with eight different goal-scorers. The Idaho power play ranks fourth in the league at 21.7 percent.
Ryan Walters is back with the Grizzlies after a year and a half in Rapid City, and it’s been a welcome return to West Valley for the former Rush captain. Walters began the season on a six-game points streak with the Grizzlies, recording two goals and ten points in his first six contests. Walters has goals in back-to-back games for the Grizzlies, but he’s done most of his damage on the road. Walters has totaled two goals and an assist in six home games, compared to two goals and ten points on the road.
Goals: Parizek (11)
Assists: Corbett (13)
Points: Parizek/McParland (19)
Plus/Minus: Corbett/Parizek (+5)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson/McParland (5)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.36)
Goals: Richart (7)
Assists: Pelech (14)
Points: Pelech (20)
Plus/Minus: Leibinger (+3)
Power Play Goals: Pelech (2)
Goals-Against Average: Carr (2.81)
Steelheads skate past Grizzlies in shootout
Play of the gameShane Hanna started and finished the play for his second goal of the night. After the Steelheads twice struggled to clear the zone, Hanna did it himself by carrying the puck around the forecheck of Michael Pelech to spring Henrik Samuelsson for the 3-on-2 rush. At the right circle, Samuelsson shot for a rebound, the puck coming right back out to the slot where Hanna followed up the play undetected for the finish.
Boise, ID (12/4/17)— Shane Hanna recorded the first multi-goal game of his professional career, while Cody Corbett and Justin Parizek again connected in the shootout, as the Idaho Steelheads (12-6-4) earned their fifth consecutive road win with a 3-2 victory over the Utah Grizzlies (6-9-7) on Monday night at Maverik Center.
On a night when the Steelheads were without three of their top four scorers, the rookie defenseman Hanna led the way offensively with a goal in the first period and another in the second. Philippe Desrosiers stopped 21 of 23 shots to extend his personal winning streak to a career-high six games.
Desrosiers stopped both Ryan Walters and Michael Pelech in the shootout. Cody Corbett beat Grizzlies goaltender Kevin Carr with a deke in the second round, and then Parizek ended the shootout with his league-leading third shootout goal of the season in three tries with a snap shot off the post from between the hash marks.
The Steelheads have won three consecutive shootouts, two of them coming in the last four games.
At 11:03 of the first period, Hanna opened the scoring with a slap shot from the right point off a clean face-off win by Alexander Dahl, Hanna’s second goal of the season giving Idaho a 1-0 lead. The Grizzlies answered back at 17:54 of the first, with Ryan Olsen finishing a 2-on-1 rush for his first goal in eight games and his fourth of the season.
Early in the second period, Hanna struck again on a 3-on-2 to put Idaho back in front. Hanna started the play in the Idaho zone, skating through the forecheck and feeding Henrik Samuelsson through the neutral zone to spring the odd-man rush. Samuelsson fired a hard, low shot from the right wing off of Carr’s pad, with the rebound pouring right out to the slot for an easy Hanna tap-in.
The Grizzlies would fight back to tie once more, with Walters finding a turnover in the high slot at 18:34 of the second period and beating Desrosiers for his fifth of the season.
Hanna is fourth in the ECHL in rookie scoring for defensemen, his 13 points one shy of the league lead. Desrosiers is now 3-1 in the shootout this season.
The Grizzlies are winless in eight straight games (0-3-5) and have lost their last seven games beyond regulation.
The Steelheads and Grizzlies meet again at Maverik Center on Wednesday for their second of four consecutive contests this week. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:05pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Hanna (2,3), Corbett (SO), Parizek (SO)
Philippe Desrosiers: 21 saves on 23 shots
Power Play: 0-for-3
Penalty Kill: 4-for-4
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Shane Hanna IDH
- Ryan Olsen UTA
- Ryan Walters UTA
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Shane Hanna: 2 goals, 3 shots