Rapid City Rush vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Wed Dec 13, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads earned their first shutout win of the season on Saturday night, and they will look to continue their run of strong defensive play Wednesday night when the Rapid City Rush visit for a single contest at CenturyLink Arena. The Steelheads have won six of their last eight games and all three meetings with the Rush this season. The Rush have lost five in a row and have just one road victory this season, an overtime win back on November 10th.
Ryan Faragher stopped all 31 shots he faced on Saturday night to earn his eighth professional shutout, his first as a Steelhead, and Idaho’s first shutout victory on the year in a 2-0 win over Utah. Steve McParland provided the offense, scoring both goals for the Steelheads to give him 11 goals for the season.
Many Happy Returns…
Idaho received some reinforcements on Saturday night with the return of Tommy Thompson from his professional tryout with AHL Texas. Thompson had been out of the Steelheads’ lineup since October 21st, but he made an immediate impact for the Steelheads when he set up Steve McParland’s opening goal in the second period. In addition to the assist, Thompson finished the game with a plus-1 rating and two shots on goal in his Steelheads return. He has a goal and four points in six ECHL games this season. The Steelheads welcome another familiar face to the lineup this week, with defenseman Zach Bell re-signing with the team on Tuesday. Bell has played 48 games across the last two seasons for Idaho.
Steve McParland’s two-goal night continued a solid scoring stretch for the first-year Steelhead, with McParland netting four goals and eight points over his last eight contests. McParland also recorded his second two-goal game of the season. He hasn’t gone more than two games without at least a point this year.
Rapid City Success…
The Steelheads swept the first three meetings of the season with the Rush, all at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in November. The most recent meeting required a third period comeback effort from the Steelheads, overcoming a two-goal third period deficit for a 3-2 win that featured a shorthanded winner from AJ White. Dante Salituro was the most dangerous Rush scoring threat, tallying in each game with four goals in the series. Will Merchant and Justin Parizek each scored twice in the series for Idaho. The Steelheads have won ten of their last eleven meetings with the Rush.
Goals: Parizek (12)
Assists: Corbett (15)
Points: Parizek (22)
Plus/Minus: Parizek (+9)
Power Play Goals: McParland/Samuelsson (5)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.30)
Goals: Salituro (11)
Assists: Four players (10)
Points: Salituro (21)
Plus/Minus: DeVito (+5)
Power Play Goals: Salituro (4)
Goals-Against Average: Vay (3.30)
Steelheads erupt in win over Rush
Play of the gameTommy Thompson and Steve McParland showed what their speed could do against the Grizzlies on Saturday night, and they proved it again on Wednesday against the Rush. The Rush were back defensively as the Steelheads moved through the neutral zone, but Thompson and McParland kicked it to another gear attacking the center of the Rush zone. McParland cut around a defender at the Rapid City blue line and fed Thompson, who did the same as McParland raced to the crease for Thompson’s return feed and an easy tap-in.
Boise, ID (12/13/17)— Joe Faust’s first goal of the season just 1:23 into the game launched a three-goal first period that fueled the Idaho Steelheads (15-7-4) to a 5-2 win over the Rapid City Rush (7-16-0) on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Arena.
The Steelheads have won seven of their last nine games, and all four meetings this season with the Rush. Rapid City has lost six in a row.
Faust opened the scoring on a power play wrister from the left point, beating Rapid City’s Adam Vey low to the blocker side to give Idaho a 1-0 lead. Cody Corbett earned one of his two assists on the play, tying him for the league lead with eleven power play assists on the season.
At 12:00 of the first period, Steve McParland and Tommy Thompson raced down the ice to expand the lead, executing a give-and-go that ended with a tap-in for McParland’s 12th goal of the season. McParland has three goals in the past two games, and five in the last nine.
Just 1:38 after McParland’s goal, Henrik Samuelsson made it 3-0 with a redirection of a Will Merchant pass up over Vay’s shoulder. Merchant curled to the right-wing boards off the rush and slid the puck to Samuelsson at the side of the net for the finish, Samuelsson’s ninth goal of the year.
The Steelheads led 4-0 with 4:03 left in the second period when Merchant rifled a Samuelsson feed over Vay’s shoulder from the left point for his sixth goal of the season. The goal came seconds after a Rush penalty expired.
The Rush battled back with two goals in the third period, with Jimmy DeVito and Pavel Jenys both scoring with under nine minutes to go to bring the Rush within two goals. That’s as close as they would get, with Corbin Baldwin firing his first of the season into an empty net with 31 seconds remaining.
Merchant, Corbett, Samuelsson, and AJ White all had two-point nights for the Steelheads.
Philippe Desrosiers stopped 33 of 35 shots to improve to 11-2-2 on the season. Desrosiers’ shutout bid was snapped at 11:09 of the third period by DeVito’s goal, snapping Idaho’s shutout streak at 111:48 dating back to the third period of Friday night’s game against Utah.
The Steelheads’ victory moved them into a share for second place in the Mountain Division with the Wichita Thunder, with both teams totaling 34 points in the standings. The Thunder make their first ever visit to CenturyLink Arena this Friday for a two-game series. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK, Cable One, and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Faust (1), McParland (12), Samuelsson (9), Merchant (6), Baldwin (1)
Philippe Desrosiers: 33 saves on 35 shots
Power Play: 1-for-5
Penalty Kill: 3-for-3
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Will Merchant IDH
- Cody Corbett IDH
- AJ White IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Will Merchant: Goal, assist, 3 shots, plus-1 rating