Wichita Thunder vs. Idaho Steelheads
Date(s) - Sat Dec 16, 2017
6:15 pm - 10:00 pm
The Steelheads will wrap up their home stand on Saturday night with their eleventh game at CenturyLink Arena in 13 contests, hoping to extend their winning streak to four games. The Wichita Thunder look to break out of a season-high four-game losing streak in their fifth consecutive road game.
Ryan Faragher made 32 saves on Friday night to earn the win, Idaho’s eighth in the last ten games. Jefferson Dahl, Joe Faust, and Henrik Samuelsson all scored for the Steelheads, with Faust and Samuelsson both finding the back of the net for the second consecutive game. The victory moved the Steelheads into sole possession of second place in the Mountain Division and the Western Conference, one point behind first place Colorado.
Ryan Faragher was just 23 seconds shy of his second consecutive shutout effort when Jeremy Beaudry broke through for the Thunder. Still, the Idaho goaltender stopped 32 shots for his third consecutive victory after carrying a personal shutout streak of 142:31. Faragher has held opponents to one goal or fewer three times in eight appearances with Idaho, and he has a .951 save percentage in his last four outings. The Steelheads have been stingy across the board in December, holding opponents to two goals or fewer in seven consecutive contests.
The Steelheads welcomed back two of the team’s longest tenured players after injury absences on Friday night, with Jefferson Dahl and Charlie Dodero both back in the lineup. Dahl had been out since December 2nd, and he made an immediate impact with the game’s first goal on a 2-on-1 rush in the second period. Charlie Dodero had been out since November 18th and registered four shots on goal in his first game back.
The Wichita Thunder have the fourth-best power play in the ECHL, and they had more chances to use it on Friday night than most evenings. The Thunder drew six power play opportunities, after having drawn only six over the prior four games combined, but could not score. The Thunder have had 76 power plays this season, the fewest in the ECHL this season, while the Steelheads have had both the most power play opportunities and the most shorthanded situations in the league. The Steelheads have successfully killed off 29 of their last 31 penalties against, improving their ranking to 12th in the league at 83.6 percent. The Steelheads penalty kill ranked 19th in the league on December 1st.
Goals: Parizek/McParland (12)
Assists: Corbett (17)
Points: Parizek/ (23)
Plus/Minus: Corbett (+10)
Power Play Goals: McParland/Samuelsson (5)
Goals-Against Average: Desrosiers (2.28)
Goals: MacMillan (11)
Assists: Stevenson (11)
Points: MacMillan (19)
Plus/Minus: Thibault/Brown (+10)
Power Play Goals: MacMillan/Beaudry (3)
Goals-Against Average: Rumpel (2.70)
Thunder top Steelheads in 2017 home finale
Play of the gameThe disallowed goal by Daniel Tedesco changed the momentum of the game for Idaho. What would have been the team’s third goal in a seven minute span instead became a set-back, as the goal call on the ice was overturned. Tedesco jammed the puck at the goal line as Shane Starrett dove across to attempt to cover the puck. It would have been Tedesco’s first ECHL goal, but instead the game remained 2-1. The Thunder would tie the score in the final minute of the period prior to the second intermission.
Boise, ID (12/16/17)— With three goals in the third period, the Wichita Thunder (17-6-2) spoiled the party in the final game at CenturyLink Arena of 2017, defeating the Idaho Steelheads (16-8-4) by a 5-3 final on Saturday night in front of 5,167 fans.
Jeremy Beaudry recorded three points on the night and Lane Bauer snapped a nine-game goal scoring drought with the eventual game-winner, and the Thunder snapped a four-game losing streak and also ended the Steelheads’ three-game winning streak.
Momentum turned late in the second period with the Steelheads already ahead 2-1, when Daniel Tedesco appeared to give Idaho a 3-1 lead at 15:25. After forcing a turnover, Tedesco drove to the net and chipped a Tommy Thompson feed over the goal line as it was smothered by Thunder goalie Shane Starrett. The play was initially ruled a goal on the ice, but after the officials conferred with the goal judge, the call on the ice was overturned.
Wichita would take advantage shortly after the reversal. In the final minute of the period, a Travis Brown point shot was blocked but rolled right to Ralph Cuddemi between the circles, who beat Ryan Faragher at 19:19 for his seventh goal of the season to tie the game 2-2.
The Thunder would take the lead at 2:11 of the third period, when Evan Polei walked out of the right wing corner and snapped a shot past Faragher from the faceoff dot to make it 3-2. Bauer extended that lead at 9:35 of the third with his sixth of the season, finishing a feed from behind the net by Mark MacMillan following an Idaho turnover.
Jefferson Dahl drew the Steelheads back within a goal at 10:24 with a power play tally for his eighth goal of the year, and second in two games since returning from injury. Dahl received a pass from Henrik Samuelsson at the side of the goal and walked to the front before sliding the puck around Starrett to make it 4-3.
The Thunder responded 37 seconds later, with Jamie Doornbosch burying a rebound of a Cuddemi try during a 4-on-4, his first goal of the season making it 5-3.
Beaudry opened the scoring for Wichita with a power play one-timer from the left circle at 15:37 of the first, his sixth of the season and second in two nights. The Wichita power play was 2-for-6. In the second period, Idaho took a lead with two goals just 22 seconds apart, with Tommy Thomspon scoring his second of the season on a shot from the left face-off dot at 8:25 and Charlie Dodero scoring his first of the season off the rush on a right wing drive at 8:47.
With the loss, the Steelheads and Thunder are again tied in the standings with 36 points, with the Thunder holding the tie breaker and second place in the division with more regulation and overtime victories.
The Steelheads played in front of their fifth sellout crowd in 18 home games thus far this season.
The Steelheads head out on the road for a three-game series at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center against the Rapid City Rush, against whom the Steelheads have won all four games this season. The series begins on Wednesday night, with puck-drop scheduled for 7:05pm MT and the game available on 1350AM KTIK and on ECHLTV.
Goals: Thompson (2), Dodero (1), Dahl (8)
Ryan Faragher: 25 saves on 30 shots
Power Play: 1-for-4
Penalty Kill: 4-for-6
CENTURYLINK THREE STARS OF THE GAME
- Jeremy Beaudry WCH
- Jamie Doornbosch WCH
- Henrik Samuelsson IDH
COORS LIGHT OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME
Jeremy Beaudry: Goal, 2 assists, 4 shots, plus-1 rating