Norfolk Admirals vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Sat Oct 14, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads opened the 2017-18 season with a win on home ice Friday night, skating to a 4-2 decision over the Norfolk Admirals at CenturyLink Arena. It was Idaho’s third opening day win in the last four seasons, with the Steelheads pouring 49 shots on goal in the winning effort, the most in a game by a Steelheads team since March of 2015.
Four different Steelheads scored for Idaho, with Brady Brassart, Henrik Samuelsson, Mitch Moroz, and AJ White all netting their first goals in an Idaho uniform. Philippe Desrosiers made 23 saves to top Norfolk’s Jake Paterson for his first win of the season. Jefferson Dahl and Tommy Thompson each picked up two assists on the night.
Big Boise Debuts…
Brady Brassart and Mitch Moroz both bad a goal and an assist in their first games as Steelheads, with both players taking advantage of special teams. Brassart opened the scoring with a shorthanded tally midway through the first period on a 2-on-1 rush with Tommy Thompson, the Steelheads opening with a shorthanded goal after scoring eight during the 2016-17 season. Moroz scored in the second period on a power play wrist shot to give Idaho a 3-1 lead, the goal coming just 2:29 after he assisted on a goal by Henrik Samuelsson. The Moroz-Jefferson Dahl-Samuelsson line combined for five points and 13 shots on Opening Night.
Five players in Idaho’s lineup last night were rookies, with three of them serving on the blue line. Shane Hanna and Eric Sweetman made their professional debuts, while Chris Martenet played his fourth pro game. Hanna and Sweetman both earned a plus-1 rating, and the three young defenders combined for seven shots on goal.
Putting it past Paterson…
The Steelheads firing 49 shots on goal also means that Jake Paterson made 45 saves in his first game as an Admiral. Last year’s Second Team All-ECHL netminder stopped 21 shots thrown his way in the first period, and numerous odd-man rushes throughout the evening, on what was the busiest night of his professional career. Paterson is coming off a breakout season, in which he led the ECHL with 34 wins in Toledo and ranked in the top-5 in goals-against average and save percentage. The Admirals also have former Allen Americans goaltender Jamie Murray at their disposal, who went 16-10-2 last season for the Americans.
Goals: Four players (1)
Assists: Dahl/Thompson (2)
Points: Four players (2)
Plus/Minus: Four players (+2)
Power Play Goals: Moroz (1)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.00)
Goals: Two players (1)
Assists: Three players (1)
Points: Five players (1)
Plus/Minus: Eight players (0)
Power Play Goals: Mingoia (1)
Goals-Against Average: Paterson (4.07)
Steelheads comeback falls short in loss to Admirals
Play of the gameTy Reichenbach made some key saves to earn his first ECHL win, but two of the most important may have come late in the first period on Eric Sweetman. With the Steelheads trailing by a goal but buzzing in the offensive zone, Sweetman had a rebound pop out to him between the circles. Sweetman fired a shot that Reichenbach fought off, only to have the puck roll to Sweetman again with a gaping net. Sweetman fired again, but Reichenbach got the right pad out to kick it away with the toe. The Admirals maintained their lead and would build on it early in the second period.
Boise, ID (10/14/17)— Justin Parizek and Steve McParland helped mount a late comeback effort at CenturyLink Arena on Saturday night but the Idaho Steelheads (1-1-0) ran out of time, suffering their first defeat of the season in a 5-3 loss to the Norfolk Admirals (1-1-0).
Trailing 3-0 with less than seven minutes to go in the third period, Parizek and McParland scored 1:32 apart to close the gap to within a goal. The Steelheads pulled Branden Komm from the net with under two minutes remaining, but Norfolk’s Trevor Mingoia scored two empty-net goals to put the game out of reach. Tommy Thompson scored his first goal of the season with ten seconds left for a 5-3 final.
At 3-0, the Steelheads finally broke through rookie goaltender Ty Reichenbach when a rebound rolled to the slot. Parizek blasted it through Reichenbach for his first professional goal at 13:19. Shortly after, with the Steelheads shorthanded, McParland forced a turnover at the Idaho blue line and raced in on a shorthanded breakaway for his first goal of the season. The Steelheads have a shorthanded goal in each of the first two games.
Norfolk got on the board first at 4:56 of the first period when Erik Bradford got behind the Idaho defense and won a race to a puck in the neutral zone, cruising in on Komm and sliding it under the pad for his first goal of the year. The Admirals made it to the dressing room with a 1-0 lead, thanks in large part to two flashy pad saves by Reichenbach on rookie defenseman Eric Sweetman.
Early in the second period, the Admirals extended their lead when Domenic Alberga scored on a rebound for his first goal to make it 2-0 at 1:56. Ben Murphy would score his first goal on a wrap-around with 1:52 left in the middle frame, sneaking the puck underneath Komm.
The Steelheads recorded 43 shots on the night, 22 of them coming in the second period. Sweetman and Shane Hanna earned assists for their first professional points.
The Steelheads resume their season-opening home stand on Wednesday night when they host the Utah Grizzlies for the first of two contests at CenturyLink Arena. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT, with the game available on radio on 1350KTIK and viewed on Cable One and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Parizek (1), McParland (1), Thompson (1)
Branden Komm: 25 saves on 28 shots
Power Play: 0-for-4
Penalty Kill: 3-for-3
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Ty Reichenbach NFK
- Justin Parizek IDH
- Steve McParland IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Justin Parizek: Goal, 3 shots