Tulsa Oilers vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Sat Dec 02, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads fired 47 shots on goal on Friday night but could only get one behind Jake Hildebrand, as the Tulsa Oilers grabbed the middle game of this three-game set with a 4-1 victory. The two teams meet again Saturday for the rubber-match on Teddy Bear Toss for Tots night at CenturyLink Arena, with the Steelheads hoping to earn a split of their six-game home stand.
Idaho opened the scoring early in the first period with its 18th power play goal in the last 11 games, with Steve McParland finishing a back-door feed for his fifth power play goal on the season to tie for the team lead. The Oiler power play did damage of its own, with Evan Richardson netting two goals with the man advantage. Charlie Sampair also scored twice, giving him six goals in the last seven contests for Tulsa. Ryan Faragher stopped 23 shots in the loss.
Going Through Hil…
Jake Hildebrand was the difference for Tulsa on Friday night, making a season-high 46 saves with many of them of the acrobatic variety. Hildebrand stopped the final 42 consecutive shots he faced after McParland’s early goal, after stopping 40 shots in a shootout loss in the series-opener on Wednesday and 42 shots in an overtime loss in Rapid City last Saturday. The former Michigan State net-minder has appeared in six consecutive games for the Oilers, and over his last five outings he has stopped 167 of 175 shots (.954).
Cody Corbett earned another assist on Friday night on Steve McParland’s power play goal. Corbett has 14 points over the last 13 games, twelve of them coming on assists. Corbett has been one of the best power play passers in the ECHL, his ten power play assists leading the Steelheads and tied for second in the league behind league-leader Jake Marto’s eleven. Corbett has five points on the current home stand.
Charlie Sampair continued his red-hot scoring touch Friday with two more goals, giving him three in the series and six in the past seven games after scoring just three goals all of last season. One of the more snake-bitten Oilers also made an impact Friday, with Even Richardson scoring twice. Richardson entered the game without a goal in his previous eleven games, though he did have eight assists in that span. That drought was broken on a deflection in front and a give-and-go out of the corner in the first period. The Oiler power play entered the series ranked 26th in the ECHL, but it has converted on three of nine chances in the first two games of the series.
Goals: Parizek/Brassart (11)
Assists: Corbett (13)
Points: Brassart (22)
Plus/Minus: Brassart (+10)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson/McParland (5)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.48)
Goals: Bleackley/Sampair (9)
Assists: Sergeev/Richardson (10)
Points: Bleackley (17)
Plus/Minus: Sides (+8)
Power Play Goals: Four players (2)
Goals-Against Average: Williams (2.80)
Desrosiers leads Steelheads past Oilers
Play of the gameSteve McParland’s breakaway goal in the first period not only unleashed the teddy bears, but also gave the Steelheads the early edge against Jake Hildebrand. Hildebrand had made 46 saves on Friday and had already made some tough stops early on Saturday. But McParland’s breakaway goal on a quick transition broke through Hildebrand, who again locked things down over the final two periods. McParland’s breakaway goal, shortly followed by Jefferson Dahl’s power play tally, was the offensive break Idaho needed to get out in front early and hang on for their eleventh win of the season.
Boise, ID (12/2/17)— Philippe Desrosiers made 36 saves, including 14 in the third period, to earn his fifth straight win and backstop the Idaho Steelheads (11-6-4) to a 2-1 victory over the Tulsa Oilers (7-8-6) in front of 3,901 fans at CenturyLink Arena for the Teddy Bear Toss for Tots.
Steve McParland and Jefferson Dahl both scored goals in the first period, with McParland’s tally unleashing the barrage of teddy bears onto the ice. The event set a Steelheads record with 7,023 bears collected.
At 16:45 of the first period, Chris Joyaux had his shot from the right point blocked and Joe Faust quickly sent the puck the other way for a streaking McParland. McParland skated in on the breakaway and slid the puck between the pads of Jake Hildebrand for his ninth goal of the season and a 1-0 Idaho lead.
McParland extended his points streak to five consecutive games, and he now has goals in back-to-back contests.
In the final minute of the first period, Joyaux was sent to the box after hauling down Shane Hanna behind the Oiler net. The Steelheads cashed in on that power play, with Dahl potting the rebound of a Henrik Samuelsson shot for his sixth goal of the year with just four seconds left.
The Steelheads have scored power play goals in five consecutive games.
The Oilers pulled back within one at 4:42 of the third period with Conner Bleackley’s tenth goal of the season, a power play wrister from the top of the left circle that beat Desrosiers over the shoulder. That was as close as the Oilers would come, with Desrosiers making several key stops late in the game on shots from in close by Adam Pleskach and Joey Sides.
Desrosiers improved to 9-1-2 on the season, and 7-0-1 at CenturyLink Arena. Desrosiers’ nine wins are tied for second in the ECHL.
The Steelheads head on the road for a pair of contests against the Utah Grizzlies at Maverik Center, the first of four consecutive contests against the Grizzlies this week. The series begins Monday night, with puck-drop scheduled for 7:05pm MT and the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: McParland (9), J Dahl (6)
Philippe Desrosiers: 36 saves on 37 shots
Power Play: 1-for-1
Penalty Kill: 2-for-3
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Steve McParland IDH
- Jefferson Dahl IDH
- Philippe Desrosiers IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Steve McParland: Goal, plus-1, 3 shots