Idaho Steelheads vs. Utah Grizzlies

Date(s) - Mon Feb 19, 2018
12:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Steel Reel 

The Steelheads open a six-game road swing with a Monday matinee in Utah, their 13th meeting this season with the Grizzlies. Following five wins in six games against the Eagles, the Steelheads are within four points of the Mountain Division lead. The Grizzlies sit eight points out of a playoff spot, helping their cause over the weekend with back-to-back wins over the Allen Americans.

The Steelheads went to a shootout on Saturday against the Eagles, their last of six consecutive games against Colorado. After the Eagles scored twice in the final three minutes to tie the game, Max French scored the only goal of the shootout for a 5-4 Steelheads win. Philippe Desrosiers stopped all four shootout attempts he faced, following a 30-save performance in regulation and overtime. Steve McParland netted his team-leading 23rd goal of the season in regulation.

Big Plus…

Aaron Harstad had one of his best games of the season on Saturday night, scoring his second goal of the season and posting a plus-4 rating. Harstad’s plus-4 matches the best mark for any Steelhead in a game this season. Harstad has appeared in seven games since returning from two months on injured reserve, racking up a goal and four points along with a plus-8 rating.

Chatting It Up…

Connor Chatham played in his 100th professional game on Saturday and made an impact, earning First Star honors with a goal and an assist. Chatham carries a three-game points streak into Utah with a goal and four points. Chatham’s ten goals this season are four more than he scored as a rookie in 49 games last season. He has two goals against the Grizzlies this season, one of them shorthanded.

Grizzlies Making Moves…

While the Grizzlies continue to make a push for the final playoff spot in the Mountain Division, they’ve made some significant transactions as well. Last week, the Grizzlies dealt All-Star rookie defenseman Cliff Watson to the Colorado Eagles, as well as the rights to forward Ryan Olsen, in exchange for forward Jake Marchment, defenseman Gage Ausmus, and future considerations. Marchment has already made a splash with the Grizzlies, netting two goals and an assist in his first two games with Utah. Combining his time with Colorado and Utah, Marchment has three goals and seven points in his last six games.  On February 9th the Grizzlies also added goaltender Joel Rumpel in a trade with Wichita. Rumpel is 2-1-0 in three appearances with the Grizzlies.


Idaho Leaders                                      

Goals: McParland (23)

Assists: J. Dahl (31)

Points: J. Dahl (50)

Plus/Minus: McParland (+17)

Power Play Goals: J. Dahl/McParland (8)

Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.66)

Grizzlies Leaders

Goals: Walters (21)

Assists: Thomas (26)

Points: Walters (45)

Plus/Minus: Graaskamp (+6)

Power Play Goals: Ortega (6)

Goals-Against Average: Rumpel (3.04)

Steelheads road trip opens with loss in Utah

Play of the game

Ryan Walters power play goal in the second period was the eventual game-winner after a bounce went against the Steelheads in their own zone. A point shot from Ryan Misiak missed the net and bounced off the end boards to Walters waiting at the bottom of the right circle. Walters quickly threw the puck back on net from the sharp angle, with Carmine Guerriero sliding from post-to-post. The puck banked off Guerriero and towards the goal line. Both teams crowded around the net along with the referee before it could be determined the puck had entered the net for a 4-1 Utah lead.


West Valley, UT (2/19/18)— Austin Ortega and Brad Navin both notched three-point performances at Maverik Center on Monday afternoon and Joel Rumpel made 46 saves, as the Utah Grizzlies (20-23-10) held on for their third straight victory with a 4-3 win over the Idaho Steelheads (30-17-6).

Jefferson Dahl brought the Steelheads within a goal at 4-3 with 2:44 left in regulation, netting his 20th goal of the season on a 2-on-1 rush for the 200th point of his professional career. Dahl became the sixth Steelhead in the 21-year history of the franchise to record 200 points with the team.

The Grizzlies opened the scoring at 11:38 of the first period on a 3-on-2 rush, with Ortega scoring from the left-wing circle for his 13th goal of the season.

Max French evened the score with his first of two goals on the afternoon, banging in a rebound at 2:04 of the second period for his third goal of the season. The Grizzlies regained the lead 1:38 later when a right-point shot from Navin deflected to Michael Pelech on the doorstep for his 12th of the season and a 2-1 Utah lead.

Taylor Richart extended the Grizzlies lead at 5:56 of the second period, entering the Idaho zone as the late trailer and taking a feed from Navin in the high slot to beat goaltender Carmine Guerriero for his eleventh goal of the season to make it 3-1. The Grizzlies made it 4-1 at 8:19 when a rebound off the end boards came to Ryan Walters at the right circle. Walters banked the puck off Guerriero and in for his 22nd of the year on the power play.

Guerriero was relieved by Philippe Desrosiers following the Walters goal after surrendering four goals on 14 shots in his Steelheads debut. Desrosiers would stop all ten shots he faced the rest of the way.

French struck again before the second intermission batting a puck into the net from the same spot he scored his first goal for his fourth of the year at 9:44.

The Steelheads had 18 shots in the first and second period, with Rumpel stopping 34 shots in the first 40 minutes.

The Steelheads continue their road trip with a three-game series in Rapid City against the Rush, beginning Wednesday 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 (3,4), J. Dahl (20)

Carmine Guerriero: 10 saves on 14 shots; Philippe Desrosiers: 10 saves on 10 shots

Power Play: 0-for-2

Penalty Kill: 1-for-2



  1. Joel Rumpel UTA
  2. Austin Ortega UTA
  3. Brad Navin UTA



Max French: 2 goals, 9 shots, plus-2 rating