Utah Grizzlies vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Fri Oct 20, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads’ home stand comes to a close on Friday night with the second game of their three-game set with the Utah Grizzlies, before both teams head off to Maverik Center for Saturday night’s series finale. After a 3-1 win on Wendesday night at CenturyLink Arena, the Steelheads are aiming for their third win in four games to start the season, which would be their best start out of the gate since the 2014-15 campaign. The Grizzlies are in search of their first win.
Idaho struck first on Wednesday with Jefferson Dahl’s first two goals of the season, opening a 2-0 first period lead. Greger Hanson would draw the Grizzlies closer before the first intermission, but Brady Brassart’s second goal of the year early in the third period would be all the insurance the Steelheads would need. Philippe Desrosiers made 33 saves for the Steelheads to outduel Utah’s Kevin Carr, improving his record between the pipes to 2-0-0.
Jefferson Dahl’s two-goal night on Wednesday was the first such performance by a Steelhead this season, and Dahl’s fourth two-goal game in his Steelheads career. Dahl has two multipoint games in the Steelheads’ first three outings. Wednesday’s game gave Dahl 59 goals in his Steelheads career, moving him into sole possession of fourth place on the Steelheads’ all-time ECHL goal-scoring list.
Head Coach Neil Graham would likely prefer to spend less time in the penalty box, but the results from the Steelheads’ penalty-killing units on Wednesday night were perfect. The Steelheads killed off all nine Utah power plays, including parts of five disadvantages in the third period. The Steelheads have successfully killed off 15 of 17 disadvantages in the first three games, and scored two shorthanded goals. The Grizzlies are in search of their first power play goal of the season, unsuccessful on their first 19 tries.
Holding off Hanson…
New Grizzlies forward Greger Hanson had the only Utah goal on Wednesday, and he’s been the offensive force the Grizzlies hoped they were getting when they brought him aboard in the off-season. Hanson has two goals and three points in the last two games, and had another golden opportunity in the third period Wednesday only to bet stopped in close by Philippe Desrosiers. The two-time Kelly Cup champion had 35 goals and 76 points in 58 games with the Americans last season, earning call-ups to four different AHL teams during the year as well.
Goals: J. Dahl/Brassart (2)
Assists: Four players (2)
Points: J. Dahl (4)
Plus/Minus: Harstad/Thompson (+3)
Power Play Goals: J.Dahl/Moroz (1)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (1.50)
Goals: Hanson (2)
Assists: Four players (2)
Points: Richart/Hanson (3)
Plus/Minus: Saar/Mann (+2)
Power Play Goals: —
Goals-Against Average: Carr (3.05)
Grizzlies top Steelheads in overtime
Play of the gameThe Steelheads grabbed the lead on Justin Parizek’s second goal of the game, a play noted not just for the strength of Parizek’s one-timer in stride but also for how quickly he got the shot away. Just a few strides over the Utah line, Dahl slid the puck over from the right wing to a waiting Parizek above the left circle. Parizek wasted no time in unleashing the high-zone slap shot, beating Angus Redmond along the ice on the near side for his first professional multi-goal game.
Boise, ID (10/20/17)— Kyle Thomas’ wrist shot past Philippe Desrosiers at 4:01 of overtime was the final tally in a back-and-forth affair in Boise on Friday night, as the Utah Grizzlies (1-4-0) earned their first win of the season with a 4-3 decision over the Idaho Steelheads (2-1-1) in front of 4,292 fans at CenturyLink Arena.
The Steelheads climbed out of a 2-0 early hole to earn a point in the standings, taking their first lead of the game at 12:18 of the third period on Justin Parizek’s second goal of the night. But a seeing-eye point shot from Utah defenseman Taylor Richart tied the game just 3:23 later to send the game to overtime.
Minutes after Steelheads defenseman Cody Corbett rang the post with a one-timer, Thomas drifted in on the right wing to beat Desrosiers for his first goal of the season and the game-winner.
The Grizzlies opened the scoring with two goals in the first 50 seconds of play, with Greger Hanson beating Desrosiers under the arm with a right-wing shot for his third goal of the season and then feeding Michael Pelech in front shortly after for a power play goal, Pelech’s second of the year and Utah’s first on the power play this season.
Idaho would get on the board at 3:42 of the first, with a Steve McParland centering pass finding Parizek between the circles for his second goal of the season. The score remained 2-1 until 5:02 of the third period, when Idaho’s power play would connect.
Parizek held the puck at the top of the left circle, with Brady Brassart stationed in front of the net. Parizek fired a low, hard wrist shot on goal that Brassart redirected through the legs of Utah goaltender Angus Redmond, Brassart’s third of the year tying the game 2-2.
Parizek would give the Steelheads their only lead of the night with a one-timer from the left wing, above the left circle on a feed from Jefferson Dahl. Parizek’s three-point night was also the first multi-goal game of his pro career.
Desrosiers stopped 25 of 29 shots for the evening, while Redmond stopped 28 of 31.
The Steelheads and Grizzlies travel to Utah for the final game of their series on Friday night at Maverik Center, the Steelheads’ first road game of the season. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:00pm MT, with the game available on radio on 1350KTIK and viewed on ECHLTV.
Goals: Parizek (2,3), Brassart (3)
Philippe Desrosiers: 25 saves on 29 shots
Power Play: 1-for-7
Penalty Kill: 6-for-7
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Justin Parizek IDH
- Brady Brassart IDH
- Steve McParland IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Justin Parizek: 2 goals, assist, 5 shots, plus-2
Photo: Nate McIntyre Photography