Kalamazoo Wings vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Fri Jan 12, 2018
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The second half of the ECHL season begins for Idaho on Friday with their second of three contests this week against the Kalamazoo Wings at CenturyLink Arena. The Steelheads opened the series with a 6-2 win on Wednesday, their third straight win and sixth in the past seven in Boise. The Steelheads head into action on Friday with 47 points, tied for second place in the Mountain Division with the Wichita Thunder.
The Steelheads scored two goals in each period on Wednesday, with Eric Sweetman, Colue Ully, and Jefferson Dahl all recording three points. With three assists, Dahl recorded his third consecutive three-point game, giving him 20 points in the past 11 games. Justin Parizek also netted his fourth goal in three games, while Philippe Desrosiers made 20 saves for his 15th win of the season.
How Sweet It Is…
Eric Sweetman and Cole Ully formed a dynamic duo on Wednesday night, with Cole Ully setting up Sweetman’s first professional goal 28 seconds into the second period and Sweetman springing Ully for his second goal of the game just 20 seconds into the third period. Sweetman posted his first multipoint game, giving him six points in his last eight games, and a plus-4 rating. Ully recorded three points for the second time in seven contests with Idaho, giving him five goals and nine points in seven games with the Steelheads.
The Steelheads scored five goals or more for the third consecutive game, outscoring their opponents 17-5 in 2018. The Steelheads had reached the five-goal mark seven times in their first 34 games. Of their 17 goals in January, the Steelheads have received contributions from ten different goal-scorers. The Steelheads also clamped down on a Kalamazoo team that had scored six goals or more in three of its prior five games and came into the contest ranked fourth in the league in goals-per-game.
The Wings didn’t generate much offensively on Wednesday with just 22 shots, and 14 in the first two periods, but rookie defenseman Aaron Irving did post two assists in the third period to extend his points streak to five games. The 2014 Nashville Predators draft pick played a good portion of the game at forward and has three goals and eight points during his current five-game stretch. His 23 points in 30 games this season lead all ECHL rookie defensemen and his seven power play assists rank second. He has scored all four of his goals this season in the last eight games dating back to December 28th. Irving was a teammate of Cody Corbett, Henrik Samuelsson, and Mitch Moroz with the Edmonton Oil Kings, winning a Memorial Cup together in 2014.
Goals: McParland/Parizek (16)
Assists: J. Dahl (23)
Points: J. Dahl (37)
Plus/Minus: Parizek/McParland (+10)
Power Play Goals: Three players (6)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.41)
Goals: Taylor (20)
Assists: Kattelus (20)
Points: Taylor (32)
Plus/Minus: Kattelus (+16)
Power Play Goals: Taylor (7)
Goals-Against Average: Martin (2.98)
Wings power play fuels win over Steelheads
Play of the gameThe Wings took the lead for good on a power play deflection in the third period courtesy of defenseman Kyle Bushee. On their fifth power play, the Wings held the puck in the offensive zone when Tyler Biggs sent a pass from the left wing to the top of the right circle for Bushee. With Justin Taylor stationed in front, Bushee tried to feed a pass down low. That pass deflected off the stick of Corbin Baldwin and through the legs of the sliding Philippe Desrosiers for the eventual game-winning goal.
Boise, ID (1/12/18)— Kyle Bushee’s third period power play goal held up as the game-winner on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena as the Kalamazoo Wings (18-13-3) defeated the Idaho Steelheads (21-11-5) by a 3-2 final in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,196 . The loss was Idaho’s first of 2018, snapping a three-game winning streak.
Bushee gave the Wings their third lead of the night at 5:15 of the third period, 40 seconds after Henrik Samuelsson had been sent to the box for a cross-checking penalty in the neutral zone. Bushee threw a puck towards the front of the net and saw it ricochet off the stick of Corbin Baldwin and through Philippe Desrosiers’ legs for his seventh goal of the season.
Desrosiers came into the game in relief 10:50 into the first period, replacing an injured Ryan Faragher in a scoreless game. Desrosiers stopped 24 of 27 shots in a losing effort.
After his go-ahead goal, Bushee gave the Steelheads a chance to draw even when he was called for a five-minute charging penalty after hitting Max French with 10:50 left to play. The Steelheads maintained possession in the offensive zone for most of the power play, but could not get past Kalamazoo goaltender Joel Martin.
The Steelheads trailed three times in the game and came back to tie it twice. Jimmy Mullin opened the scoring for the Wings with a power play goal at 16:39 of the first period. Just 23 seconds after forcing a turnover and drawing a slashing penalty on Will Merchant, Mullin took the puck from behind the Idaho net and brought it in front, stepping around Corbin Baldwin and lifting a backhander past Desrosiers for his ninth of the season and a 1-0 Wings lead.
The Steelheads drew even at 13:28 of the second period on the power play, with Justin Parizek jamming the puck in at the side of the net for his team-leading 17th goal of the season. Parizek has goals in four straight games, with five tallies in that span.
The game remained tied for 3:06 before the Wings again took the lead, with Brendan Bradley driving to the net and getting a piece of a Scott Henegar shot to send the puck fluttering over Desrosiers’ shoulder for his seventh goal of the season.
The Steelheads tied the game again at 2:56 of the third period when Eric Kattelus lost the puck to the front of his own net. Connor Chatham was stopped by Martin but put in his own rebound for his seventh goal of the year to tie the score 2-2.
With two power play goals, the Kalamazoo power play has scored in eleven of the last 13 games.
The Steelheads played in front of their eighth sellout crowd this season at CenturyLink Arena.
The Steelheads and Wings meet for the rubber match of their three-game set on Saturday night at CenturyLink Arena. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT with the game available on 1350AM KTIK and seen on Cable One and ECHLTV.
Goals: Parizek (17), Chatham (7)
Ryan Faragher: 5 saves on 5 shots; Philippe Desrosiers: 24 saves on 27 shots
Power Play: 1-for-3
Penalty Kill: 3-for-5
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Brendan Bradley KAL
- Connor Chatham IDH
- Tyler Biggs KAL
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Connor Chatham: Goal, 3 shots