Tulsa Oilers vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Wed Nov 29, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
After a raucous 5-1 win over the Americans on Saturday night, the Steelheads begin the second half of their six-game home stand with their first three games of the season against the Tulsa Oilers, starting Wednesday night at CenturyLink Arena. The Steelheads have won four of their last six contests entering the series. The Oilers look to bounce back from an overtime loss on Saturday in Rapid City as they prepare for their tenth game in a stretch of 14 consecutive road contests.
The Steelheads set a season-high Saturday night with 53 penalty minutes, still paling in comparison to the Americans’ 95 penalty minutes, in a brawling contest in Boise on Saturday night. Henrik Samuelsson and Jefferson Dahl both posted three-point nights, while Alex Dahl netted his first professional goal. Philippe Desrosiers made 25 saves to earn the win.
Hank You Very Much…
Idaho matched a season-high Saturday with four power play goals, and Henrik Samuelsson was the driving force. Samuelsson scored two power play goals, one at the side of the net and another on a 5-on-3 one-timer, giving him a team-leading five power play goals. Samuelsson also set up Aaron Harstad’s power play goal to open the scoring in the first period. Samuelsson has two goals and five points in the past five games. The Idaho power play has scored in ten of the past 13 games, improving to fifth in the league at 20.2 percent.
Philippe Desrosiers was solid in his first game back from AHL Texas on Saturday, stopping 25 of 26 shots to earn his seventh win of the season. Desrosiers has won his last three starts and sports a 5-0-1 record at CenturyLink Arena with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage. The Steelheads get another AHL call-up back this week, with defenseman Joe Faust returning from AHL Utica. He had an assist and a plus-1 rating in two games with the Comets.
About the Oilers…
The Oilers enter the series sitting five points back of the Steelheads for fourth place in the Mountain Division. It’s their first visit to Idaho since January 15th and 16th of 2016, and they enter with two wins over the last ten games. Conner Bleackley leads the Oilers with 16 points in 19 games and Idaho-native Joey Sides has two goals and five points in his last seven games. Tulsa also has forward Adam Pleskach back for a fifth season in Tulsa and defenseman Dennis Brown back for his third. Charlie Sampair is hot with three goals in his last five games. The Steelheads are 5-2-0 all-time against the Oilers.
Goals: Parizek (11)
Assists: J. Dahl (12)
Points: Brassart (20)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+10)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson (5)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.45)
Goals: Bleackley (9)
Assists: Sergeev (10)
Points: Bleackley (16)
Plus/Minus: Sides (+7)
Power Play Goals: Three players (2)
Goals-Against Average: Williams (2.80)
Steelheads cap late comeback with shootout win
Play of the gameWith two minutes remaining in regulation and the Steelheads trailing by a goal, an ill-timed change by the Oilers led to a bench minor and an opportunity for the Steelheads. Coach Neil Graham pulled the goalie for the offensive zone draw and a 6-on-4 advantage, and the Steelheads cashed in with 1:33 left on the clock. Steve McParland carried the puck around the offensive zone before snapping a hard pass into the goal mouth from the left wing corner, right on Brady Brassart’s tape for an easy redirect. Brassart has eight goals in his last 11 games, none bigger than tonight’s.
Boise, ID (11/29/17)— Brady Brassart tied the game late with his second power play goal and Justin Parizek netted his second shootout winner of the season, as the Idaho Steelheads (10-5-4) came from behind to defeat the Tulsa Oilers (6-7-6) 4-3 on Wednesday night in front of 3,203 fans at CenturyLink Arena. Idaho has won back-to-back games and six of their last eight contests.
The Steelheads improved to 2-1 in the shootout this season with their first win on home ice in the breakaway competition this season, while the Oilers fell to 0-3 in shootouts with all three defeats coming on the road.
The Steelheads overcame deficits of 2-0 and 3-1 before tying the game late in regulation. Ahead 3-2, the Oilers were called for too many men on the ice with two minutes left. Steelheads Head Coach Neil Graham decided to pull goaltender Philippe Desrosiers immediately for the 6-on-4 advantage. The Steelheads capitalized with Brassart in front to redirect a Steve McParland pass through goalie Jake Hildebrand for his 11th goal of the season to tie the game 3-3.
The Steelheads would take a too many men penalty of their own before the period ended, forcing them to kill off a 4-on-3 disadvantage in overtime. The Steelheads reached the shootout, where Cody Corbett and Parizek both beat Hildebrand and Desrosiers denied Charlie Sampair and Conner Bleackley.
Sampair opened the scoring at 17:24 of the first period with a shorthanded goal, a wrist shot from the right circle that sailed over Desrosiers’ shoulder. It was the first shorthanded goal surrendered by Idaho this season, and the league-leading seventh netted by the Oilers. It was Sampair’s seventh of the season, and fourth in six games.
Tulsa made it 2-0 at 8:03 of the second period, when Evan Richardson fed Kale Kessy in the low slot for his third goal of the year. The Steelheads answered back at 15:20 with Brassart’s first power play goal, another deflection in front of a pass from Corbett at the right-wing boards. It was Brassart’s second two-goal game of the season.
Joey Sides put the Oilers back up by two just 1:38 later, pulling Desrosiers out of the net before carrying the puck to the front from below the goal line for his fifth of the season. Idaho got it back at 19:06 of the second period with AJ White banging in a rebound for his third goal of the year.
The Steelheads are now 3-5-1 this season in games they trail entering the third period. Desrosiers improved to 6-0-1 this season in games on home ice. Justin Parizek saw his eight-game points streak come to an end.
The Steelheads and Oilers resume their series at CenturyLink Arena on Friday night. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK, Cable One, and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Brassart (10,11), White (3), Corbett (SO), Parizek (SO)
Philippe Desrosiers: 25 saves on 28 shots; 2-for-2 in the shootout
Power Play: 2-for-7
Penalty Kill: 4-for-5
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Brady Brassart IDH
- Joey Sides TUL
- Justin Parizek IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Brady Brassart: 2 PP goals, 8 shots