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Steelheads Weekly – Nov. 4, 2019
PHOTO: Tim Broussard

BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Steelheads (7-1-2) make their first trip to South Dakota this season while heading into their third week of their four-week road trip.


LAST WEEK…

Friday, November 1 vs. Utah Grizzlies: 5-4 L
Shots: Grizzlies 28, Steelheads 39
PP: Grizzlies 0-for-1, Steelheads 2-for-3

The Steelheads battled in a back-and-forth game but fell 5-4 from CenturyLink Arena. Forward Marc-Olivier Roy (4:37 1st) opened the scoring before the Grizzlies scored three-unanswered goals into the second period to leap ahead, 3-1. The Steelheads came back later in the second period with tallies from forwards Kyle Schempp (14:13 2nd) and Brett Supinski (PP, 18:54 2nd) to knot the game at 3-3. The Grizzlies took back the edge before forward Joe Basaraba (PP, 17:10 2nd) traded goals in the final frame, but the Grizzlies put the game away late for the 5-4 result. Colton Point (2-1-0) stopped 23 of 28 shots in the loss.

Saturday, November 2 @ Utah Grizzlies: 3-2 W (OT)
Shots: Steelheads 32, Grizzlies 20
PP: Steelheads 0-for-3, Grizzlies 2-for-5

The Steelheads edged out a 3-2 overtime win from Maverik Center. Defenseman Ondrej Vala (2:05 1st) nested the first goal of the night on the team’s first shot of the night to jump ahead 1-0. The Grizzlies came back with two goals on the power play to take the lead, 2-1. Forward Zack Andrusiak (5:05 3rd) found the game-tying goal, 2-2, on a centering pass to send the game into overtime, and Andrusiak (2:30 OT) added his second goal of the night to snag the 3-2 overtime win. Tomas Sholl (4-0-2) halted 18 of 20 shots in the win.

Sunday, November 3 @ Utah Grizzlies: 1-0 W
Shots: Steelheads 28, Grizzlies 25
PP: Steelheads 1-for-3, Grizzlies 0-for-6

The Steelheads only needed one goal to snag a 1-0 shutout win from Maverik Center. The lone goal of the game came from forward Will Merchant (PP, 12:16 2nd) on a 5-on-3 power play to edge ahead, 1-0. The Steelheads locked down the rest of the afternoon to take the win. Tomas Sholl (5-0-2) saved all 25 shots in the shutout win.

 


THIS WEEK…

Wednesday, November 5 @ Rapid City Rush – 7:05 p.m. MT
Friday, November 8 @ Rapid City Rush – 7:05 p.m. MT
Saturday, November 9 @ Rapid City Rush – 7:05 p.m. MT

The Steelheads begin their season series with the Rapid City Rush during a three-game road weekend from Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Steelheads and Rush meet 13 times during the 2019-20 season after the Steelheads overtook the season series last year, boasting a 12-3-1-1 record in a 17-game set, which included a 7-1-0-0 record on the road. Six of the 13 games will be played on the road in the season set. The Steelheads own a 38-13-4 record in the franchise series against the Rush.


UPCOMING PROMOTIONS…

Batman Night: See The Dark Knight take on his arch nemesis, the Joker, when Batman Night comes to CenturyLink Arena on Saturday, November 30. For tickets, call 331-TIXS or go online to idahosteelheads.com.

$2 Beer Wednesday: Enjoy Hump Day with $2 domestic drafts every Wednesday night during the 2019-20 season. The next $2 Beer Wednesday comes on November 20 against the Orlando Solar Bears. Get tickets online at idahosteelheads.com.

Hockey Starter Pack: Feel like a full-time fan with the Hockey Starter Pack, featuring four tickets to any Steelheads home game plus two small beer vouchers and a Steelheads mullet visor. Call the Steelheads at 208-383-0080 for more information.


STEEL STATS…

Quick Bites:

  • The Steelheads are the only undefeated team on the road in regulation left with more than one game played, owning a 5-0-2 record following two wins this weekend. The Steelheads have won all four road games against the Grizzlies.
  • The Steelheads have played in one-goal games during seven of their first 10 contests this season and own the third-most wins in the ECHL (4-1-2-0). The number of one-goal games is tied for the most in the ECHL.
  • Goaltender Tomas Sholl earned his 8th career ECHL shutout on Sunday afternoon. He only trails Steve Silverthorn (’05-‘08), who has 10 ECHL shutouts, on the Steelheads ECHL All-Time List. He was also named ECHL Goaltender of the Month for October, which is his second career monthly honor, owning a 3-0-2 record with a 1.94 GAA and .934 save pct.
  • Forward Marc-Olivier Roy is on a team-leading eight-game assist streak, never missing a game with a point this season. He sits two games back of the team’s all-time ECHL record for assist streak set by Brett Robinson (10) in the 2014-15 season.

 

Team Leaders:
GOALS:                           5 – Zack Andrusiak/Brett Supinski
ASSISTS:                      10 – Marc-Olivier Roy
POINTS:                        11 – Marc-Olivier Roy
PP GOALS:                     2 – Will Merchant
SH GOALS:                       ---
GW GOALS:                    1 – 7 Tied
PIMS:                             35 – Colton Saucerman
PLUS/MINUS:              +8 – Brady Norrish
SHOTS:                         39 – Will Merchant
WINS:                              5 – Tomas Sholl
GAA:                           1.67 – Tomas Sholl
SAVE %:                     .939 – Tomas Sholl

Mountain Division Standings:

1.STEELHEADS5-0-2-012 pts
2.Rapid City5-1-1-011 pts
3.Allen4-2-0-08 pts
4.Utah2-3-1-16 pts
5.Wichita2-2-2-06 pts
6.Tulsa2-6-1-05 pts
7.Kansas City2-4-0-04 pts


BROADCAST INFORMATION…

All games during the 2019-20 regular season are broadcast on 1350 KTIK-AM “The Ticket” and ECHL TV. Pre-game coverage begins 20 minutes before puck drop for every game.

Tune in to the Idaho Steelheads Hockey Show every Tuesday through Thursday on 1350 KTIK-AM “The Ticket”, featuring Steelheads news, analysis and insight from around the ECHL. The show airs every Tuesday through Thursday during the 2019-20 season.

 

The Steelheads return to CenturyLink Arena on Friday, Nov. 1 at 7:10 p.m. against the Utah Grizzlies on Military Appreciation Night. Call the Steelheads Front Office at 208-383-0080 to plan your seats for this season, including single-game, flex plans and season tickets. Stay connected to the Steelheads on idahosteelheads.com or by following the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 
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