Utah Grizzlies vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Fri Dec 08, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads took the first two contests of their four-game series with the Grizzlies this week, earning back-to-back victories at Maverik Center on Monday and Wednesday. Now the series shifts to Boise with the Steelheads aiming for their fourth consecutive win and the Grizzlies hoping to snap a nine-game winless skid. The Steelheads sit third in the Mountain Division, one point back of second-place Colorado.
Five different Steelheads scored in Idaho’s 5-2 win in Utah on Wednesday, as the Steelheads chased Grizzlies goaltender Kevin Carr from the nets with four goals on their first ten shots. Justin Parizek and Shane Hanna scored in the first period, and Mitch Moroz and Will Merchant tallied in the second period. Ryan Faragher earned his third win with a 30-save performance against his former team.
After recording his first professional two-goal game on Monday night in Utah, Shane Hanna followed up with his fourth goal of the season during Wednesday’s first period. Hanna scored three goals in a span of four periods, including the only goals in regulation for the Steelheads on Monday. The blue-liner is tied for the league lead in rookie scoring among defensemen with 14 points, gathering three goals and six points in his last six games.
Finding the Net…
The Steelheads have averaged 3.2 goals per game over the course of their last ten contests, a span in which they are 7-3-0. They have been slightly more potent on home ice, where they have averaged 3.54 goals per game compared to the 2.9 per game they score on the road. The Grizzlies have average 2.2 goals per game over their last ten contests, a stretch in which they have gone 1-4-5, six times being held to two goals or less. The Grizzlies rank 26th in the league in goals per game.
Ryans on Repeat…
The same two players have found the back of the net for the Grizzlies in each game of this series thus far, with Ryan Olsen and Ryan Walters accounting for all four Utah goals this week. Walters enters Friday’s contest with a four-game goal-scoring streak, registering five points over that span. Walters has two points streaks this season of four games or more, despite playing just 14 contests. Olsen was without a goal in seven straight prior to the series, but has broken through with goals in consecutive games for the first time this season.
Goals: Parizek (12)
Assists: Corbett (13)
Points: Parizek (21)
Plus/Minus: Parizek (+7)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson/McParland (5)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.32)
Goals: Richart (7)
Assists: Pelech (14)
Points: Pelech (20)
Plus/Minus: Leibinger (+2)
Power Play Goals: Pelech/Olsen (2)
Goals-Against Average: Carr (2.91)
Grizzlies’ late goal snaps skid against Steelheads
Play of the gameRyan Walters took a hit to make a play, the play ultimately serving as the game-winner. With Corbin Baldwin bearing down on him, Walters hung in and moved the puck to Ryan Misiak, the thundering hit from Baldwin drawing the attention of everyone in the arena as Misiak slid the puck to a wide-open Ryan Olsen for the game-winning goal. In bang-bang fashion, the Grizzlies were able to penetrate the Steelheads coverage in front of the net for their only lead of the game.
Boise, ID (12/8/17)— Ryan Olsen’s goal with 39 second left in regulation propelled the Utah Grizzlies (7-10-7) to a 2-1 win over the Idaho Steelheads (13-7-4) in front of 4,443 fans at CenturyLink Arena, snapping the Grizzlies’ nine-game winless streak and dealing Philippe Desrosiers his first regulation loss on home ice this season.
With time winding down, Utah’s Ryan Walters took a heavy hit from Corbin Baldwin, but was able to move the puck behind the net before falling to the ice. Ryan Misiak received the pass and quickly zipped it in front to Olsen, who buried his sixth goal of the season and his third in the last three games for the eventual game-winner.
The Steelheads pulled their goalie but they could not get another puck on Utah goaltender Kevin Carr, who made 38 saves and stopped all 16 shots he faced in the third period.
Mitch Moroz opened the scoring for the Steelheads with 54 seconds left in the second period, burying a snap shot from the high-slot off of a Corey Durocher feed on a 3-on-2 rush. Moroz has goals in back-to-back games after netting his fifth of the season.
The lead was short-lived, with Misiak tying the game for Utah at 4:13 of the third period. After a Mitch Jones point shot was blocked, Misiak found the bouncing puck at the front of the net and took two swings at it before punching it through Desrosiers’ legs for his fourth goal of the season.
The Steelheads’ had several prime opportunities to take the lead prior to Olsen’s winner. Moroz was stopped on a break late in the third, with the rebound chances by Henrik Samuelsson and Alexander Dahl turned aside as well.
Philippe Desrosiers is now 7-1-1 at CenturyLink Arena this season, and his personal winning streak was snapped at six games.
Friday was the first time this season that the Steelheads have lost a game when leading after two periods, their record falling to 9-1-0. The Grizzlies had been 0-4-5 in their previous nine games.
The Steelheads wore blue and white specialty jersey for the St. Luke’s Jersey Auction, a fundraiser in support of St. Luke’s Children’s. They will wear them again tomorrow night, with bidding for the jerseys open through the end of the second period.
The Steelheads and Grizzlies finish their four-game series on Saturday night at CenturyLink Arena. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK, Cable One, and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Moroz (5)
Philippe Desrosiers: 32 saves on 34 shots
Power Play: 0-for-4
Penalty Kill: 4-for-4
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Kevin Carr UTA
- Mitch Moroz IDH
- Ryan Olsen IDA
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Ryan Misiak: Goal, assist, 5 shots, plus-2 rating