Idaho Steelheads vs. Utah Grizzlies

Date(s) - Wed Dec 06, 2017
7:05 pm - 10:00 pm

Steel Reel 

The Steelheads look to extend their winning streak on the road to six games on Wednesday night when they meet the Grizzlies at Maverik Center for the teams’ second meeting of four in a row this week. Both teams will head to Boise after the final buzzer for two more contests at CenturyLink Arena over the weekend. The Steelheads enter the game one point back of second place Colorado in the Mountain Division. The Grizzlies sit sixth in the division and are winless in their last eight games (0-3-5).

Shane Hanna scored twice for the Steelheads in regulation on Monday, and the Grizzlies answered each Hanna goal with one of their own from Ryan Olsen and Ryan Walters. Idaho found the extra point in the shootout with goals from Cody Corbett and Justin Parizek, while Philippe Desorsiers stopped both shootout attempts and 21 shots in game play to secure a 3-2 Idaho win, his sixth in a row.

Young Blood…

The Steelheads were without some prominent performers on Monday, with Brady Brassart called to AHL Utica and several Steelheads resting with day-to-day ailments that ultimately had three of Idaho’s top four scorers absent from the lineup. Head Coach Neil Graham used a season-high seven rookies in the lineup, and they rewarded him. Shane Hanna notched the first multi-goal game of his career, while Alex Dahl earned an assist as well. Justin Parizek added his third shootout goal of the season in three attempts, the most by any player in the ECHL this season. In 22 games this season, Steelheads rookies have accounted for 16 goals and 38 points.

First and Foremost…

The Steelheads have proven themselves to be a strong comeback team this year, their 3-6-1 record in games they’ve trailed after two periods serving as the second-best record in the ECHL. But Idaho has been potent when starting off on the right foot as well, sporting an 8-1-1 record when scoring the game’s first goal. The Steelheads are also 6-0-0 when leading after one period and 8-0-0 when leading after two periods.


The Steelheads are starting to put points together after regulation, now winning three straight shootouts. The same cannot be said for the Grizzlies, who opened the season with three straight overtime wins and one over the Steelheads but have now lost seven in a row beyond regulation. The Grizzlies have three times this year suffered overtime/shootout losses in consecutive games, coming into Wednesday night’s game with consecutive defeats again after falling in overtime last Saturday in Colorado and then on Monday in the shootout. The Grizzlies are also 0-2 in shootouts, with no goals in six attempts.


Idaho Leaders                                      

Goals: Parizek (11)

Assists: Corbett (13)

Points: Parizek/McParland (19)

Plus/Minus: Parizek (+6)

Power Play Goals: Samuelsson/McParland (5)

Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.32)

Grizzlies Leaders

Goals: Richart (7)

Assists: Pelech (14)

Points: Pelech (20)

Plus/Minus: Leibinger (+3)

Power Play Goals: Pelech (2)

Goals-Against Average: Carr (2.74)

Steelheads beat Grizzlies for third straight win

Play of the game

Although it had no impact on the outcome of the game, the final skirmish after the final buzzer is certainly what people leaving the arena will remember. All ten skaters on the ice were entangled after Ryan Faragher was bumped by Brad Navin, with Navin and Mitch Moroz both earning ten-minute misconducts and Mitch Jones assessed a double-minor for roughing. But just as the dust settled, Travis Howe appeared from the tunnel and made his way onto the Steelheads bench in street clothes, needing to be physically restrained from the Steelheads by two officials. The scene could set a physical tone as these teams meet twice more this week.

Justin Parizek

Ryan Faragher

Shane Hanna


Boise, ID (12/6/17)— Five different players found the back of the net on Wednesday night for the Idaho Steelheads (13-6-4), as they skated to a 5-2 win over the Utah Grizzlies (6-10-7) at Maverik Center for their third consecutive win and sixth straight win on the road.

Justin Parizek and Shane Hanna each had a goal and an assist, and Ryan Faragher made 30 saves in his first game against his former team.

Following the final buzzer, Utah’s Brad Navin bumped into Faragher and a brief skirmish ensued. After the fight was broken up, both teams remained on the ice near the benches. Utah forward Travis Howe, who was a healthy scratch and not in uniform, emerged from the locker room tunnel and made his way onto the Idaho bench, having to be restrained by both linesmen before he was removed. The final sequence resulted in 32 minutes in penalties, excluding Howe’s participation.

The Grizzlies threatened in the opening minutes of the first period, with Greger Hanson hitting a post and Ryan Walters having a goal disallowed due to a high-stick, but the Steelheads would strike first. At 8:51 of the first period, Chris Leibinger attempted to step up on a cross-ice pass in the neutral zone from Cody Corbett. Leibinger missed the pass, allowing Parizek to streak in behind him and beat goaltender Kevin Carr over the shoulder for Parizek’s 12th goal of the season and a 1-0 Idaho lead.
Ryan Walters would extend his goal-scoring streak to four games and tie the game 1-1 at 12:13 of the first on a shorthanded breakaway, his sixth goal of the season. Idaho would retake the lead quickly, with Shane Hanna firing a point shot over Carr’s shoulder 1:53 later for his fourth goal of the season and third in the past two games.

At 14:06 of the second, Mitch Moroz buried a power play feed between the circles from Henrik Samuelsson for his fourth goal of the season to put Idaho in front 3-1. Will Merchant extended that lead at 10:24 with his fifth goal of the season, finishing a 2-on-1 rush with Corey Durocher.

Carr exited the game after Merchant’s goal, surrendering four goals on ten shots.

Ryan Olsen brought the Grizzlies back within two with a power play goal, his fifth goal of the year, at 17:06 of the second period. That’s as close as Utah would come, with Ryan Faragher stopping all 12 Grizzlies shots in the third period and Connor Chatham adding his fifth goal of the season into an empty net.

With the win, the Steelheads remained one point behind the Colorado Eagles for second place in the Mountain Division. The Grizzlies are winless in nine straight games.

The Steelheads and Grizzlies move their series to Boise for two contests at CenturyLink Arena, resuming Friday night. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK, Cable One, and on ECHLTV.



Goals: Parizek (12), Hanna (4), Moroz (4); Merchant (5); Chatham (5)

Ryan Faragher: 30 saves on 32 shots

Power Play: 1-for-6

Penalty Kill: 5-for-6



  1. Justin Parizek IDH
  2. Ryan Faragher IDH
  3. Shane Hanna IDH



Justin Parizek: Goal, assist, 2 shots, plus-1 rating