Rapid City Rush vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Wed Mar 21, 2018
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads kick off their final home stand of the regular season on Wednesday night when they host the Rapid City Rush at CenturyLink Arena, only the second visit to Boise this season for the Rush. The Steelheads are coming off back-to-back shutout victories over the South Carolina Stingrays in Charleston last week, while the Rush earned an overtime win on Saturday against the Wichita Thunder to snap an eight-game winless streak. The Rush have been eliminated from playoff contention, but the Steelheads can climb closer to clinching a berth with their magic number currently at five points.
Will Merchant scored the game’s only goal on Friday in Charleston, tapping in a rebound in the early minutes of the third to give Idaho a 1-0 lead. Tomas Sholl backed that with 28 saves to earn his second consecutive shutout win, making Idaho the only team to earn consecutive regulation wins against the Stingrays this season.
Ace in the Sholl…
Tomas Sholl continues to turn heads in his new Idaho digs, coming off back-to-back shutouts in South Carolina and now coming off back-to-back ECHL Goaltender of the Week awards after the ECHL selected him on Tuesday. Sholl is the first Steelheads goaltender to win the award in consecutive weeks and the third Steelhead to win twice in one season, joining Jack Campbell and Rejean Beauchemin. In four starts with Idaho, Sholl is 3-0-1 with a 0.72 goals-against average and a .974 save percentage, and he’s unbeaten in regulation in 12 ECHL appearances this season. Sholl has not surrendered a goal in 152:24.
30 In Reach…
Steve McParland enters the final home stand of the regular season with 28 goals, only two shy of becoming just the eleventh Steelhead in the ECHL era to reach 30 goals in a season. The feat has occurred eleven times, with Mark Derlago twice reaching it with 42 goals in 2009-10 and 45 goals the following year. Anthony Luciani netted 31 last season, scoring in the season’s final two games. McParland has scored five goals in his last seven contests, and hasn’t gone more than three games without a goal since December 29th.
Still Got It…
In a disappointing season for the Rush, Peter Sivak has been a bright spot and is again playing near a point-per-game pace. The 36 year-old veteran scored the overtime winner on Saturday and has 23 goals and 53 points in 54 games this season. He’s riding a three-game goal-scoring streak and has six goals and nine points in his last eight contests. In parts of six ECHL seasons, Sivak has collected 366 points in 353 games.
Goals: McParland (28)
Assists: J. Dahl (36)
Points: J. Dahl (56)
Plus/Minus: McParland (+21)
Power Play Goals: McParland (9)
Goals-Against Average: Sholl (1.55)
Goals: Sivak (23)
Assists: Sivak (30)
Points: Sivak (53)
Plus/Minus: Sherbinin/Lang (+3)
Power Play Goals: Four Players (3)
Goals-Against Average: Vay (3.32)
Steelheads down Rush in shootout
Play of the gameCharlie Dodero’s patience in his first shootout attempt of the season paid off for the shootout winner past Adam Vay in the fifth round. Dodero drifted slowly in on Vay, waiting until he reached the tops of the circles before flinching twice, faking Vay down to the ice, and snapping a wrist shot over the left shoulder to give the Steelheads the lead and ultimately the win.
Boise, ID (3/21/18)— Charlie Dodero scored his team’s only goal in regulation on Wednesday night and added the shootout winner to power the Idaho Steelheads (38-20-7) to a 2-1 shootout win over the Rapid City Rush (21-38-6) in front of 3,809 fans at CenturyLink Arena.
Tomas Sholl stopped 26 shots to earn his fourth consecutive win, remaining undefeated in regulation this season through 13 appearances with a record of 9-0-2.
Adam Vay made 48 stops for the Rush, but Dodero broke through with 4:42 remaining in the third period. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Connor Chatham chased down Ian Brady behind the Rush net and stripped the puck away, sliding it out to the high slot. Dodero stepped into the loose puck and snapped a shot that squeezed under Vay’s arm for his fourth goal of the season and a 1-0 Idaho lead.
The Rush had ten shots in the first two periods combined, but they fired 16 shots in the third period and tied the game with 2:10 left in regulation. With the Rush on a 4-on-3 power play, Gustav Bouramman fired a one-timer from the left circle. Sholl made the save and stopped a follow-up rebound by Andrew Miller, but Alec Baer finished the second rebound for his first professional goal in his first professional game to tie the score 1-1.
The goal snapped Sholl’s personal shutout streak at 210:14. Sholl has surrendered four goals in five games for Idaho, three of them while Idaho was shorthanded.
After Shane Hanna rang the crossbar in overtime, the teams went to a shootout. Baer scored in the bottom of the first round to put the Rush in front, and the Steelheads were down to their final attempt when Justin Parizek beat Vay in the top of the third round for his sixth shootout goal of the season to keep the game alive.
The Rush still had a chance to win with Peter Sivak in the bottom of the third, but he was turned away by Sholl’s blocker. In the top of the fifth, Dodero snapped a shot over Vay’s shoulder on his first shootout attempt of the season to put the Steelheads in front. Daniel Leavens’ response for Rapid City rang the crossbar and stayed out, securing Idaho’s seventh shootout win of the season and their ninth win in eleven meetings with Rapid City this year.
The Steelheads’ last five games at CenturyLink Arena have all gone beyond regulation, with the Steelheads winning four of those games on the strength of two overtime goals and two shootout wins.
The victory for Idaho reduced their magic number to clinch a playoff spot to 3 points. The Steelheads can clinch their 21st consecutive playoff berth on Friday with a win and a Tulsa Oilers regulation loss.
The Steelheads and Rush meet again on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT. The game is available on 1350AM KTIK and seen on Cable One and ECHLTV.
Goals: Dodero (4)
Tomas Sholl: 26 saves on 27 shots
Power Play: 0-for-2
Penalty Kill: 2-for-3
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Tomas Sholl IDH
- Adam Vay RCR
- Charlie Dodero IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Charlie Dodero: Goal, shootout winner, 3 shots, plus-1