Utah Grizzlies vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Wed Oct 18, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads continue their season-opening home stand on Wednesday night with their first meeting with the Utah Grizzlies, the first of 15 contests between Idaho and Utah this season. The Steelheads split their opening weekend against the Norfolk Admirals at CenturyLink Arena, while the Grizzlies are still searching for their first win after two losses to the Colorado Eagles and a Monday defeat at the hands of Norfolk.
The Steelheads mounted a late comeback in Saturday night’s 5-3 loss to the Admirals, trailing 3-0 in the final seven minutes of the third period but scoring twice in under two minutes to pull within a goal. Justin Parizek scored his first professional goal to get Idaho on the board and Steve McParland netted the Steelheads’ second shorthanded goal in two games to make it 3-2, but Trevor Mingoia scored two empty-net goals to put the game away. Branden Komm made 25 saves in a losing effort.
Tommy Thompson is off to a solid start in his first season with the Steelheads, getting on the scoresheet in each of Idaho’s first two games. Thompson had two assists in his first game with the Steelheads, notably setting up Brady Brassart’s shorthanded goal on Friday on a 2-on-1 rush. Thompson scored his first Steelhead goal late on Saturday night, beating Ty Reichenbach in the final ten seconds of regulation. Thompson has six shots on goal and a plus-3 rating through the first three contests.
Everything On Net…
The Steelheads have had no issue generating scoring chances through the first two games, launching over 40 shots on net in each of their first two outings. The Steelheads had not cracked the 40-shot mark in consecutive games since March of 2015. Idaho struggled to score in the first two periods on Saturday, but they turned up the heat with 22 shots in the third period, the second time in six periods that they have recorded 22 shots.
About the Grizzlies
The Grizzlies are winless through three games, but mounted their own comeback effort at home on Monday against the Admirals. Trailing 5-0, they scored three goals in a five minute span to close the gap. Gone from Utah are leading producers from last season like Bradford, Daly, and Cuddemi, but brought in to replace them were Mountain Division stars like Greger Hanson and Peter Sivak, and former Alaska Aces goaltender Kevin Carr. The Grizzlies lost two one-goal games to the Eagles and struggled against Norfolk, but they still have not allowed more than 30 shots in a game this season. Four of their seven goals have come in third periods.
Goals: Seven players (1)
Assists: Thompson/Dahl (2)
Points: Thompson (3)
Plus/Minus: Harstad/Thompson (+3)
Power Play Goals: Moroz (1)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.00)
Goals: Six Players (1)
Assists: Richart/Watson (2)
Points: Richart (3)
Plus/Minus: Saar (+2)
Power Play Goals: —
Goals-Against Average: Carr (3.02)
Dahl, Desrosiers lead Steelheads past Grizzlies
Play of the gameJefferson Dahl’s power play goal gave Idaho a 2-0 lead and was indicative of the puck-pressure they applied throughout the game. Cody Corbett led the rush over the blue line and chipped the puck in deep, but rather than curl back to the blue line he went after his own dump and took both James Melindy and Cliff Watson to the wall. That effort forced Melindy to fan on a pass to the middle and Dahl was there to finish the play for his second goal.
Boise, ID (10/18/17)— Jefferson Dahl netted his first two goals of the season and Philippe Desrosiers made 33 saves as the Idaho Steelheads (2-1-0) skated to a 3-1 win over the Utah Grizzlies (0-4-0) on Wednesday night at CenturyLink Arena.
Dahl scored both goals 1:19 apart in the first period, and Brady Brassart scored his second goal of the season in the third period to provide the insurance on a night when the Steelheads’ penalty kill went 9-for-9.
At 12:13 of the first period, Henrik Samuelsson carried the puck into the offensive zone and dropped a pass back for Mitch Moroz. Moroz floated a puck towards the net that Dahl redirected in mid-air past the glove of Kevin Carr for a 1-0 Idaho lead.
Idaho was on the power play at 13:32 when Cody Corbett chipped a puck into the offensive zone and stayed in pursuit. Corbett’s pressure forced Utah defenseman James Melindy to cough the puck up in front of his own net, and Dahl slid it under Carr for a 2-0 lead.
Greger Hanson would get Utah on the board at 16:43 with his second goal of the season, finishing a 2-on-1 pass from Kyle Thomas to make it a 2-1 game.
Goaltending was the story of the second period, with both Desrosiers and Carr making key stops. Carr stopped a slam-dunk attempt by Tommy Thompson on a 2-on-1, kicking the puck off the goal line with his left pad. At the end of the period, Michael Pelech was left alone in front where Desrosiers had to make two pads stops from in close as the clock expired.
Brassart gave Idaho breathing room at 5:04 of the third period, chasing down a puck flipped into open space in the neutral zone. Brassart got in behind the Grizzlies defense, and while fighting off Erik Higby managed to lift the puck over Carr’s poke-check for a 3-1 Steelheads lead.
Desrosiers held down the fort with 11 saves in the third period, his best coming on the penalty kill with a left pad stop on Hanson cutting through the slot.
The Steelheads and Grizzlies continue their series on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT, with the game available on radio on 1350KTIK and viewed on Cable One and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Dahl (1,2), Brassart (2)
Philippe Desrosiers: 33 saves on 34 shots
Power Play: 1-for-6
Penalty Kill: 9-for-9
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Jefferson Dahl IDH
- Philippe Desrosiers IDH
- Brady Brassart IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jefferson Dahl: 2 goals, 4 shots