Utah Grizzlies vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Sat Dec 09, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads and Grizzlies will wrap up their four-game series on Saturday night at CenturyLink Arena, with the Grizzlies looking for a split of the week’s games while the Steelheads seek their fifth win in seven contests on the final night of the St. Luke’s Jersey Auction.
Ryan Olsen netted the late game-winner for the Grizzlies on Friday night, burying a Ryan Misiak feed past Philippe Desrosiers with 39 seconds left in the third period for his third goal in the last three games. Misiak also tied the game early in the third period when he finished a bouncing puck around the net. Mitch Moroz had the lone goal for Idaho.
The Grizzlies’ win on Friday night snapped a nine-game winless streak, an 0-4-5 stretch that dated back to their last win on November 11th. The Grizzlies experienced a similar nine-game slide last season, an 0-8-1 stretch that ended on December 4th. That Grizzlies team would go 29-16-5 the rest of the way to earn a playoff spot. The Steelheads saw their winning streak end at three games, their second winning streak of three games or more this season. Friday also served as the first time in ten games this season that Idaho has failed to win when leading after two periods.
A Lot of Hockey…
The Steelheads haven’t just played a heavy schedule against the Grizzlies of late, but in general. Saturday night will be Idaho’s seventh game in eleven days, with five of those games played at CenturyLink Arena. It is the densest portion of the Steelheads’ schedule until another seven-in-eleven stretch at the end of February, a stretch that will also feature the Grizzlies. The Steelheads are 4-2-0 thus far in their heavy week, earning two wins over Tulsa and Utah.
Wizard of Moroz…
Mitch Moroz had the only goal for Idaho against Utah goaltender Kevin Carr, who bounced back from surrendering four goals on ten shots Wednesday to make 38 saves on Friday. Moroz has goals in back-to-back games for the Steelheads, adding 16 penalty minutes as well in four games since returning from the minor ailment that held him out of the lineup for the first two games against Tulsa last week. Moroz has three goals in his last seven outings, one of them a power play marker, and he’s put 21 shots on goal over that span.
Goals: Parizek (12)
Assists: Corbett (14)
Points: Parizek (21)
Plus/Minus: Parizek (+7)
Power Play Goals: Samuelsson/McParland (5)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.30)
Goals: Richart (7)
Assists: Pelech (14)
Points: Pelech (20)
Plus/Minus: Leibinger (+2)
Power Play Goals: Pelech/Olsen (2)
Goals-Against Average: Carr (2.79)
Faragher, Steelheads shutout Grizzlies
Play of the gameTommy Thompson showed patience in his return to the Steelheads, helping Steve McParland open the scoring not with his speed, but with his ability to out-wait defenseman Taylor Richart. After forcing the turnover at the Utah blue line, Thompson carried the puck nearly into the corner before threading a pass to the front of the net. Thompson’s patience not only drew Richart to the ice but also pulled Kevin Carr to the side of the net, leaving a wide open cage for McParland to bury the eventual game-winner.
Boise, ID (12/9/17)— Ryan Faragher stopped all 31 shots he faced on Saturday night against his former team, earning the Idaho Steelheads’ (14-7-4) first shutout victory of the season and the eighth of his pro career with a 2-0 decision over the Utah Grizzlies (7-11-7) in front of 4,345 fans at CenturyLink Arena.
Steve McParland scored both goals for the Steelheads, the second one into an empty net, as the Steelheads took three of four games this week against the Grizzlies and won five of seven games over the last eleven nights.
After a scoreless first period, in which Faragher turned aside 13 shots, McParland got the Steelheads on the board early in the second. Tommy Thompson was back in the Steelheads lineup for the first time since October 21st after an eight-game call-up to AHL Texas, and he made an immediate impact setting up McParland at 4:59 of the second period.
Utah defender Rob Mann fumbled the puck in his feet at his own blue line before losing it to Thompson for a 2-on-1 back on Utah’s Kevin Carr. Thompson carried the puck deep, below the goal line to avoid the sliding Taylor Richart, before sliding the puck in front for McParland with a wide-open net.
McParland would ice the game with an empty-net goal with 17 seconds left in regulation. Cody Corbett’s shot the length of the ice missed the net, but McParland reached for the puck off the end boards with a full extension dive to beat out the icing call and flick the puck into an open cage.
Faragher only faced ten shots in the third period to secure the shutout, his first in a Steelheads uniform. He made some of his toughest stops in the first period, when he stopped Ryan Walters on a 2-on-1 with a blocker save and then turned aside Ryan Misiak sneaking behind the defense and all alone in front of the Idaho net.
The win allowed the Steelheads to keep pace with the Colorado Eagles in the Mountain Division, after Colorado also won on Saturday to stay three points ahead of Idaho for second place in the Mountain Division.
The Steelheads again wore blue and white specialty jersey for the St. Luke’s Jersey Auction, a fundraiser in support of St. Luke’s Children’s. Donations will be announced this week.
The Steelheads’ home stand continues on Wednesday night when the Rapid City Rush make their first visit this season to CenturyLink Arena. Puck-drop is scheduled for 7:10pm MT, with the game available on 1350AM KTIK, Cable One, and on ECHLTV.
Goals: McParland (10,11)
Ryan Faragher: 31 saves on 31 shots
Power Play: 0-for-4
Penalty Kill: 4-for-4
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Ryan Faragher IDH
- Steve McParland IDH
- Tommy Thompson IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Steve McParland: 2 goals, 3 shots, plus-2 rating