Tulsa Oilers vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Fri Dec 01, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads kick off the month of December in search of their third consecutive win as they continue their home series against the Tulsa Oilers. The Steelheads opened the three-game set with a comeback 4-3 shootout win on Wednesday night, giving them six wins over the last eight contests and points in 11 of their last 14. The Oilers have lost consecutive games beyond regulation, Wednesday’s shootout and last Saturday’s overtime game in Rapid City. Tulsa sits six points back of the Steelheads for third place in the Mountain Division.
The Steelheads trailed 2-0 and 3-1 during the course of the game and didn’t find the tying goal until Brady Brassart converted on the power play with 1:33 left to play and the Idaho net empty. After a scoreless overtime, Cody Corbett and Justin Parizek beat Jake Hildebrand in the shootout. Philippe Desrosiers stopped both breakaway attempts he faced, adding to a 25-save effort to earn his eighth win of the season.
Brady Brassart became the second Steelhead in two games to score two power play goals, scoring Idaho’s first goal on the power play during the second period and scoring the tying goal late. Brassart also had another power play goal disallowed in the first period for goaltender interference. He has notched eight goals and 17 points over the past 14 games. Brassart ranks tied for fourth in the ECHL in goals (11) and points (22). The Idaho power play has scored multiple goals in three straight games, now listed fifth in the league at 20.7 percent.
Best on Best…
Heading into Wednesday night, the Tulsa Oilers were ranked first in the league in average shots per game while the Steelheads were ranked second. The Steelheads were also ranked second in shots against per game. The Steelheads’ defense won that battle, as Idaho outshot the Oilers 44-28 and 31-16 over the final two periods and overtime. It was just the second time this season the Oilers were held under 30 shots, and the first time since October 28th. Idaho is the only team in the ECHL ranked in the top-5 in both shots for and against.
The Steelheads power play came up big on Wednesday, but it wasn’t perfect. Charlie Sampair opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal in the first period, Tulsa’s league-leading seventh shorthanded goal of the season and the first given up by the Steelheads. It was also the second shorthanded goal this season for Sampair, who has scored four goals in his last six outings to give him seven for the season. Sampair had just three goals and 13 points in his rookie season with the Alaska Aces in 2016-17, but he has already collected ten points in his first 20 appearances this year.
Goals: Parizek/Brassart (11)
Assists: J. Dahl/Corbett (12)
Points: Brassart (22)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+10)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson (5)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.48)
Goals: Bleackley (9)
Assists: Sergeev/Richardson (10)
Points: Bleackley (16)
Plus/Minus: Sides (+8)
Power Play Goals: Three players (2)
Goals-Against Average: Williams (2.80)
Oilers’ Hildebrand stymies Steelheads
Play of the gameCharlie Sampair remains the Oilers’ hottest scorer, but he got help from Conner Bleackley to earn his eighth goal of the season. After ducking around a loud check from Eric Sweetman, Bleackley had room to move to the middle of the ice in the Idaho zone. Bleackley dropped the puck into the corner for Kale Kessy, but he got it right back and wasted no time before zipping a pass to the back post where Sampair had snuck behind the Idaho defense for an easy finish. Sampair has six goals in Tulsa’s last seven contests.
Boise, ID (12/1/17)— Goaltender Jake Hildebrand turned away 46 shots on Friday night to lead the Tulsa Oilers (7-7-6) to a 4-1 win over the Idaho Steelheads (10-6-4) in front of 4,434 fans at CenturyLink Arena.
Evan Richardson and Charlie Sampair both scored twice for the Oilers, who moved back to within four points of the Steelheads for the Mountain Division’s final playoff spot. The Steelheads outshot Tulsa 29-17 over the final two periods but couldn’t find an answer for Hildebrand.
With the Oilers ahead 2-1midway through the second period, Sampair added to the lead with his eighth goal of the season, and fifth in seven games. Conner Bleackley fought off a check along the left-wing boards and skated to the slot. After a give-and-go out of the corner, Bleakley fed Sampair on the back door for the finish.
Sampair finished the scoring into an empty net with 1:24 remaining.
Idaho opened the scoring on the power play at 6:16 of the first period with Steve McParland driving to the back post to bury a Cody Corbett pass for his eighth goal of the season, extending McParland’s points streak to four games.
The Oiler power play, which entered the game ranked 26th in the league, responded twice in the period to give Tulsa the lead. Richardson entered the game with an 11-game goal-scoring drought but he redirected a Steven Kaunisto shot past Ryan Faragher at 12:57 for his fifth goal of the season to tie the game 1-1. Richardson scored again with 1:30 left in the opening period, again on the power play off of a give-and-go with Alexandre Ranger out of the corner, to make it 2-1 Tulsa.
The Steelheads had numerous opportunities in the third period, but Hildebrand made a lunging save to his left to stop Henrik Samuelsson in the slot and made several similar saves on Austin Fyten. Hildebrand also stopped a Connor Chatham breakaway in the third period with the Oilers protecting the two-goal lead.
Faragher made solid stops of his own in his 23-save night, denying Richardson of a hat trick with a stick save in front of an empty net in the second period and finishing the frame with a breakaway stop on Adam Pleskach.
The loss was the Steelheads’ sixth this season, regulation and overtime combined, when registering 40 shot or more. The Oilers were held under the 30-shot mark for the second time in the series and only the third time all season.
Jefferson Dahl played his 200th career regular-season game as a Steelhead.
The Steelheads and Oilers finish their series with the rubber-match at CenturyLink Arena on Saturday night, when the Steelheads will be hosting their Teddy Bear Toss for Tots. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK, Cable One, and on ECHLTV.
Goals: McParland (8)
Ryan Faragher: 23 saves on 26 shots
Power Play: 1-for-3
Penalty Kill: 1-for-3
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Jake Hildebrand TUL
- Evan Richardson TUL
- Steve McParland IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Evan Richardson: 2 PP goals, 4 shots