The Idaho Steelheads return home this week following a disappointing three game series at Utah where the Grizzlies swept all three games and moved back into the lead in the ECHL Mountain Division.

Here is a recap of last weeks game plus a look ahead to the Steelies three game series against the Rapid City Rush this week at Century Link Arena.
LAST WEEK…

Wednesday, February 6 @ Utah Grizzlies: 4-1 L
Shots: Steelheads 20, Grizzlies 28
PP: Steelheads 0-for-6, Grizzlies 2-for-6

The Steelheads slipped 4-1 from Maverik Center. The Grizzlies opened the scoring early to take a 1-0 lead followed by the lone answer from the Steelheads thanks to forward Kyle Schempp (16:45 1st) to tie the game, 1-1. The Grizzlies edged ahead in the second period and ensured the game with two goals in the third period for a 4-1 win. Tomas Sholl (15-8-0) turned away 24 of 28 shots in the loss.

Friday, February 8 @ Utah Grizzlies: 4-3 L
Shots: Steelheads 23, Grizzlies 34
PP: Steelheads 1-for-5, Grizzlies 1-for-5

The Steelheads made a late push but fell 4-3 from Maverik Center. The Grizzlies claimed the only opening frame goal to take a 1-0 lead before forward Reid Petryk (2:17 2nd) answered to tie the game at 1-1. Two more Grizzlies goals re-gained then doubled the lead, 3-1, before a late game press. Forward Steve McParland (PP, 11:43 3rd) brought the road side within one before Utah doubled the lead again, 4-2. Despite a late goal by forward A.J. White (EA, 19:29 3rd) and a last-second effort, the Steelheads lost 4-3. Tomas Sholl (15-9-0) saved 30 of 33 shots in the loss.

Saturday, February 9 @ Utah Grizzlies: 4-2 L
Shots: Steelheads 25, Grizzlies 22
PP: Steelheads 1-for-5, Grizzlies 0-for-8

The Steelheads battled but fell 4-2 from Maverik Center. The Grizzlies scored the first two goals in the opening period before defenseman Keegan Kanzig (PP, 8:11 2nd) deflected a shot to cut the lead in half, 2-1. The Grizzlies grabbed another goal followed by a goal from forward Steve McParland (PP, 17:35 2nd), bringing the lead back to 3-2. The Grizzlies scored one more on an empty net to secure the 4-2 scoreline. Ryan Faragher (7-4-1) halted 18 of 21 shots in the loss.

THIS WEEK…

Wednesday, February 13 vs. Rapid City Rush – 7:10 p.m. MT
Friday, February 15 vs. Rapid City Rush – 7:10 p.m. MT
Saturday, February 16 vs. Rapid City Rush – 7:10 p.m. MT

The Steelheads return to CenturyLink Arena while opening a six-game homestand with the first three games this weekend against the Rapid City Rush. The Steelheads have now won four-straight games against the Rush since November 24, all coming on the road. This will be the first time that the Steelheads host the Rush since their series-opening weekend from November 14 through November 17, and the Steelheads won two of three games in that set. On the season, the Steelheads are 7-1-1 in their 17-game season series with a chance to claim the series outright with at least two wins this weekend. The Steelheads are now 33-11-4 against the Rush and have won 18 of their last 22 meetings.
Latest Steel;head Statistics:

Team Leaders:
GOALS:                       20 – Steve McParland
ASSISTS:                     28 – A.J. White
POINTS:                      43 –Steve McParland
PP GOALS:                  9 – Reid Petryk
SH GOALS:                 2 – Steve McParland
GW GOALS:               5 – Brad McClure/Reid Petryk
PIMS:                           236 – Kale Kessy
PLUS/MINUS:             +25 – Keegan Kanzig
SHOTS:                       166 – Steve McParland
WINS:                          15 – Tomas Sholl
GAA:                           2.28 – Tomas Sholl
SAVE %:                     .925 – Tomas Sholl

Mountain Division Standings:
1. Utah                         30-13-4-1, 65 pts
2. Steelheads
               29-17-1-2, 61 pts
3. Tulsa                        26-17-4-2, 58 pts
4. Kansas City             24-18-2-1, 51 pts
5. Rapid City               20-24-4-3, 47 pts
6. Wichita                    19-22-5-3, 46 pts
7. Allen                        16-30-4-2, 38 pts