Kansas City Mavericks vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Fri Mar 09, 2018
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads welcome the Kansas City Mavericks to CenturyLink Arena on Friday night for the first time since April of 2016, and the second time ever, to kick off a two-game set. The Steelheads hope to recover from a 2-1 shootout loss on Wednesday against the Allen Americans, while the Kansas City Mavericks have won three in a row to climb into the final playoff spot in the Central Division. Idaho is 2-2-0 all-time against the Mavericks, with both of last year’s meetings coming at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Brady Brassart netted the only goal for the Steelheads on Wednesday night, a power play deflection midway through the second period. The Americans responded with a power play goal of their own on a rebound finish by Alex Guptill during a 5-on-3 just over four minutes later. Tomas Sholl made 23 saves in his Steelheads debut to stay undefeated in regulation in nine ECHL appearances this season, but Guptill and Casey Pierro-Zabotel scored in the shootout to earn two points for Allen.
Brass and Bold…
Brady Brassart’s power play goal on Wednesday was his 19th goal of the season, and his seventh on the power play. Brassart continues to enjoy his best pro season, already with a career-high in goals and only two points shy of his career-high in points, when he had 43 points in 65 games for Quad City compared to his 41 points in 39 games this season. With Wednesday’s goal Brassart has three goals and ten points in his last nine outings.
Mac is Back…
Steve McParland returns to the Steelhead lineup after being released from his professional tryout agreement with AHL Texas. McParland appeared in one game with the Stars during his first AHL call-up of the season. Prior to his departure, McParland had scored in back-to-back games and compiled five goals and nine points in his last eleven outings to lead the Steelheads with 25 goals on the season. McParland enters Friday night’s game one point shy of 100 for his professional career.
About the Mavericks…
The Mavericks find themselves in a fierce battle for a playoff spot in the Central Division, currently occupying the fourth and final berth thanks to five wins in their last six games. That included two wins over the Fort Wayne Komets, snapping a 12-0-1 stretch for the Komets, and another victory in Colorado. Leading scorer and former Rapid City Rush forward Mark Cooper enters with a three-game points streak, but Shawn Pauly was the go-to scorer in Colorado with his second hat trick of the season. Former Steelhead Corey Durocher has goals in three straight games and has collected four goals and nine points in nine games for the Mavericks.
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 (+7)
Power Play Goals: VanWormer (9)
Goals-Against Average: Carlson (2.89)
Ully overtime winner completes comeback against KC
Play of the gameBrady Brassart’s wrap-around goal early in the third period ignited the Steelheads’ comeback effort. With Idaho buzzing and trying to get pucks through, a blocked shot by Justin Parizek in the high slot deflected high in the air and landed behind the net. Players on both teams seemed unsure of where the puck was, but Brassart found it first and wrapped it to the front before goaltender Adam Carlson could get set, getting the Steelheads back into the game.
Boise, ID (3/9/18)— Cole Ully’s goal at 3:35 of overtime completed the comeback and gave the Idaho Steelheads (34-19-7) their first overtime win of the season with a 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Mavericks (30-27-3) in front of a sell-out crowd of 5,180 fans on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena.
Michael Bitzer made 17 saves in his professional debut between the pipes for the Steelheads to earn his first pro win.
Ully carried the puck over the Kansas City line on a 2-on-2 rush and drifted left across the high slot for a wrist shot over the shoulder of Adam Carlson, Ully’s tenth goal of the season to give Idaho its 17th win of the year on home ice.
The Steelheads trailed 2-0 entering the third period, but Brady Brassart broke through for Idaho at 2:26 with a wrap-around for his 20th goal of the season. Justin Parizek’s shot from the high slot was blocked, deflecting high in the air and landing behind the Mavericks net. Brassart got to it first and swung it to the front of the net, banking it off Carlson’s pad and through his legs to make it 2-1 with Brassart’s eleventh point in the past ten games.
Steve McParland earned an assist for the 100th point of his pro career.
The Steelheads kept the pressure on in the ensuing shift, with Joe Faust, Will Merchant, and Jefferson Dahl all ringing the post. Eric Sweetman’s left point shot on the power play found its way through an AJ White screen at 10:45 to tie the game, making it 2-2 with his sixth goal of the season.
The Steelheads power play has converted in six of the last seven games.
The Mavericks struck twice in the second period to build their 2-0 lead. Troy Donnay beat Bitzer to the blocker side at 2:53 of the second period for his third goal of the season, entering the zone as the trailer for a Jordan Kwas feed. At 15:42, Matt Robertson made it 2-0 with his 17th of the year, tapping in the rebound of a Shawn Pauly breakaway attempt.
Ully’s overtime winner was the first overtime goal scored by the Steelheads since New Year’s Eve of last season, giving the Steelheads their seventh win of the season in a game in which they faced a two-goal deficit.
This was the third consecutive game at CenturyLink Arena to go beyond regulation, with the Steelheads falling in a shootout on Wednesday against Allen and winning a shootout over the Colorado Eagles on February 17th.
The Mavericks are unbeaten in regulation in their last four contests (3-0-1) and now have a two point lead over the Kalamazoo Wings for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division.
The Steelheads and Mavericks face off again on Saturday night, their final meeting of the season, with puck-drop scheduled for 7:10pm MT. The game is available on 1350AM KTIK and seen on Cable One and ECHLTV.
Goals: Brassart (20), Sweetman (6), Ully (10)
Michael Bitzer: 17 saves on 19 shots
Power Play: 1-for-3
Penalty Kill: 2-for-2
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Brady Brassart IDH
- Eric Sweetman IDH
- Cole Ully IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brady Brassart: Goal, assist, 1 shot, plus-1