Kalamazoo Wings vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Wed Jan 10, 2018
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads continue their home stand leading into the All-Star break with a three-game set against the Kalamazoo Wings. Wednesday night will mark Kalamazoo’s first ever visit to Boise and the first ever contest between the two teams. Idaho is tied with the Wichita Thunder for second place in the Mountain Division following back-to-back wins over the Allen Americans. The Wings have won four of their last five and sit four points out of a playoff spot in the Central Division with five games in hand on fourth-place Kansas City.
Ryan Faragher earned his second shutout victory of the season on Saturday night, stopping all 22 shots he faced in a 5-0 win over the Americans. Justin Parizek scored twice for the Steelheads, including his second shorthanded goal in two games. Jefferson Dahl, Cole Ully, and Steve McParland also found the back of the net to power Idaho to its fifth victory in the last six games at CenturyLink Arena.
Jefferson Dahl and Steve McParland both enter Wednesday’s contest riding four-game goal scoring streaks, matching the longest streak for a Steelhead this season. That prior streak was also Dahl, who now has nine goals and 17 points in his last ten games. In that span, Dahl has logged five power play goals and two game-winners. He’s also scored the game’s first goal three times in the last four games. McParland has six points during his four-game streak, leading the Steelheads with 16 tallies this season.
The Steelheads will have some new blood in their lineup this week with the return of Max French from AHL Texas, French not having played with the Steelheads since Opening Night. They will also be facing new foes across the way. Not only is Wednesday the first game between the teams in their histories, but it is also the first game for Idaho against a non-divisional opponent since October 28th when they visited Quad City. Idaho had played 28 straight games against the Mountain Division, going 1-1-2 against non-divisional teams this season.
About the Wings…
The Wings are four games into their current road trip, with another game in Quad City waiting for them after their series in Idaho. The Wings are enjoying their trip with three wins, including back-to-back in Wichita. Former Steelhead Justin Taylor leads the way offensively for the Wings with 20 goals and 32 points, his 20 goals tied for second in the league. Josh Pitt brings a six-game points streak into the series, with five goals and eight points. Goaltender Joel Martin ranks second in the ECHL in minutes played and fourth in appearances. The Wings are fourth in the league with 3.59 goals-per-game.
Goals: McParland (16)
Assists: J. Dahl (20)
Points: J. Dahl (34)
Plus/Minus: Three players (+9)
Power Play Goals: Three players (6)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.43)
Goals: Taylor (20)
Assists: Kattelus (20)
Points: Taylor (32)
Plus/Minus: Kattelus (+19)
Power Play Goals: Taylor (7)
Goals-Against Average: Martin (2.98)
Steelheads clip Wings for third straight win
Play of the gameEric Sweetman jumped into the play early in the second period to earn his first professional goal, finishing an odd-man rush on a strong feed from Cole Ully. The Wings turned the puck over just inside the Idaho blue line and Jefferson Dahl quickly picked up the puck and took it the other way into the Kalamazoo zone. Dahl dropped a pass at the top of the right circle and drove the net, while Ully featherd a pass across the high slot for the oncoming Sweetman to finish for his first tally.
Boise, ID (1/10/18)— Eric Sweetman scored his first professional goal and Cole Ully added two of his own, as the Idaho Steelheads (21-10-5) skated to a 6-2 win over the Kalamazoo Wings (17-13-3) at CenturyLink Arena on Wednesday night. The Steelheads earned their third straight win, and sixth in their last seven games at CenturyLink Arena.
Sweetman and Ully both posted three point nights, while Philippe Desrosiers made 20 saves to earn his 15th win of the season. Justin Parizek also scored to extend his goal-scoring streak to three games, with four goals in that span.
Parizek opened the scoring at 4:11 of the first period, getting his 16th of the season on a wrist shot from the right wing over the shoulder of Wings goaltender Michael Garteig. At 15:52 of the first, Alex Dahl extended the lead with his second goal of the season, out-muscling Kalamazoo defender Jon Jutzi in front of the Wings’ net after Connor Chatham had forced a turnover.
In the second period, Sweetman scored 28 seconds in with a left-wing shot off of a 4-on-2 rush, after taking a cross-ice feed from Ully. Five minutes later, Ully scored to make it 4-0 after intercepting a Mackenze Stewart pass in the Wings’ zone and racing in on a breakaway for his fourth of the season.
Idaho scored early in the third as well, with Ully scoring his second of the game on another breakaway. Sweetman flipped a puck out to the neutral zone from his own goal line, the puck skipping behind the Wings’ defense for Ully to scoop up and cruise in for a 5-0 Idaho lead.
Cody Corbett would expand the lead to 6-0 at 3:24 of the third after a long shift in the Kalamazoo zone, ultimately lifting a backhander from the slot past Garteig for his third goal of the season.
Kalamazoo scored twice in the third period, a pinball shot from Eric Kattelus at 8:14 from the left-wing corner bouncing past Desrosiers for his fifth of the season and a power play blast from Ben Wilson at 10:23 for his first goal of the year cutting the score to 6-2. The Wings have scored power play goals in ten of their last 12 games.
Steelheads defenseman Zach Bell earned his first fighting major of the season in the second period in a scrap with Wilson. The fight came after Corbett had gone after Aaron Irving for boarding Joe Faust earlier in the period.
Jefferson Dahl and Steve McParland both saw four-game goal-scoring streaks come to an end. Jefferson Dahl did have three assists for his third consecutive three-point game.
The Steelheads scored five goals or more for the third straight game. Their victory allowed them to keep pace with the Wichita Thunder in the Mountain Division, who also won on Wednesday night in Tulsa. Both teams are tied for second place with 47points.
The Steelheads and Wings return to action on Friday 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 (16), A. Dahl (2), Sweetman (1), Ully (4,5), Corbett (3)
Philippe Desrosiers: 20 saves on 22 shots
Power Play: 0-for-4
Penalty Kill: 3-for-4
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Eric Sweetman IDH
- Cole Ully IDH
- Cody Corbett IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Eric Sweetman: First professional goal, 2 assists, 3 shots, plus-4 rating