Kansas City Mavericks vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Sat Mar 10, 2018
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
With 12 games left on the regular-season schedule, the Idaho Steelheads and Kansas City Mavericks meet again on Saturday night at CenturyLink Arena to wrap up their two-game set. The Steelheads took the opener on Friday night with a come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win, maintaining a five point cushion over the Wichita Thunder for second place in the Mountain Division. The Mavericks earned the overtime point to extend their unbeaten streak to four straight games and increase their lead over the Kalamazoo Wings for the Central Division’s final playoff spot to two points.
Cole Ully netted the game-winner with 1:25 left in the extra session, his tenth goal of the season. Brady Brassart and Eric Sweetman scored in the third period to erase a 2-0 deficit and force overtime, the seventh time this season the Steelheads have overcome a two-goal deficit to win. Michael Bitzer made 17 saves in his professional debut to earn his first pro win.
Cole Ully’s overtime winner was a long time coming for the Steelheads, who were still in search of their first win in the 3-on-3 this season after losing four this year and seeing nine other overtime contests this year go to the shootout. Ully’s overtime tally was Idaho’s first since December 31st of last season when Will Merchant scored to beat the Rapid City Rush, and their first on home ice since December 2nd of last year when Joe Basaraba scored to beat the Alaska Aces. The Steelheads have outshot opponents 41-21 in overtime this season.
Rookie defenseman Eric Sweetman beat Kansas City’s Adam Carlson with a third-period power play point shot to tie the game 2-2 on Friday. Sweetman has two goals in his last three games, and four of his six goals on the season have come in the past 11 games. Sweetman had no goals and five assists in his first 25 career games with a plus-1 rating. In 28 games since, the blue-liner has six goals, 15 points, and is a plus-15.
Carlson in Control…
The Mavericks spent much of the season relying on Mason McDonald and Tyler Parsons in net, but with both goaltenders in AHL Stockton the team has had to rely on two relative newcomers in Mavric Parks and Adam Carlson. Carlson has been carrying the load of late, starting every game of Kansas City’s current four-game unbeaten streak. Carlson’s overall numbers this season with the Stingrays, Fuel, and Mavericks are respectable with a 4-3-3 record and an .898 save percentage, but Kansas City has been his most effective stop. In six appearances with the Mavericks, Carlson is 3-1-2 with a 2.46 goals-against average and a .915 save percentage.
Goals: McParland (25)
Assists: J. Dahl (36)
Points: J. Dahl (56)
Plus/Minus: McParland (+19)
Power Play Goals: McParland (9)
Goals-Against Average: Sholl (1.89)
Goals: Pauly (18)
Assists: Alber (29)
Points: Cooper (36)
Plus/Minus: Freschi (+8)
Power Play Goals: VanWormer (9)
Goals-Against Average: Carlson (2.89)
McParland caps two-goal night with OT winner against Mavericks
Play of the gameFormer Steelhead Corey Durocher turned the puck over in overtime to spring Steve McParland the other way for the winner. From the right wing on the rush, Durocher tried to feed CJ Eick driving the net. Cole Ully spun around and got a stick in the passing lane, deflecting the pass without looking and sending the Steelheads the other way on the 3-on-1 rush. McParland buried the wrist shot from the right wing to give Idaho its second overtime win of the home stand.
Boise, ID (3/10/18)— Steve McParland’s second goal of the game was the overtime winner on Saturday night, as the Idaho Steelheads (35-19-7) earned their second straight overtime victory with a 3-2 decision over the Kansas City Mavericks (30-27-4) in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,284 fans at CenturyLink Arena.
McParland finished a 3-on-1 rush with a right-wing wrist shot with 53 seconds left in overtime, beating Adam Carlson to the blocker side for his team-leading 27th goal of the season. The win was also Tomas Sholl’s first as a Steelhead and sixth of the season, a 31-save effort.
Idaho never led in regulation, falling behind 1-0 at 6:08 of the first period on the first of Kansas City’s six power plays. A Bryce Aneloski point shot was fought off by Sholl, but Jordan Kwas fired in the rebound for his tenth of the season. Brady Brassart tied the score for Idaho at 7:48 of the first period, finishing a rebound off the face-off for his 21st goal of the season and third in the last three games.
The Steelheads finished the first period with three shots on goal, their fewest in a period this season.
The Mavericks regained the lead at 7:36 of the second period when a turnover at the Maverick blue line became a breakaway for Matt Robertson, who finished for his 18th goal of the year. McParland knotted the score again at 13:14 when Kwas dropped an errant reverse pass behind his own net, the puck going right to McParland who wrapped it to the front for his first of the game.
The Steelheads had not scored an overtime goal since December 31st of last season prior to last night’s OT winner by Cole Ully, but now have won back-to-back overtime games. Each of Idaho’s last four home games has gone beyond regulation, with the Steelheads winning three of them.
The Steelheads hosted their 15th sell-out crowd in 31 home games this season.
The Steelheads begin a three-game road trip with a single game against the Atlanta Gladiators on Tuesday night at Infinite Energy Arena, with puck-drop scheduled for 5:05pm MT. The game is available on 1350AM KTIK and ECHLTV.
Goals: Brassart (21), McParland (26,27)
Tomas Sholl: 31 saves on 33 shots
Power Play: 0-for-0
Penalty Kill: 5-for-6
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Steve McParland IDH
- Brady Brassart IDH
- Tomas Sholl IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Steve McParland: 2 goals (OT winner), 5 shots, plus-3