Idaho Steelheads Start Long Road Trip With a Win
The Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL began a nine game road swing with a victory at Utah on Monday 7-4. Next up for the Steelies is a pair of games Saturday and Sunday in Wichita.
Idaho is now 26-12-1 on the season, the third best overall record in the ECHL and the best in the Mountain Division where Idaho leads by three points over Tulsa.
This past week Idaho won three of four games including a pair of overtime thrillers...here is a recap of those games:
Wednesday, January 16 vs. Allen Americans: 3-2 L
Shots: Americans 30, Steelheads 30
PP: Americans 2-for-5, Steelheads 0-for-3
The Steelheads slipped 3-2 to the Americans from CenturyLink Arena. The Americans opened the scoring early before forward Kale Kessy (5:18 1st) answered back to tie the game, 1-1. The two sides also went to and fro in the second period with Americans and Kessy (13:05 2nd) each scoring to remain tied, 2-2. The Americans sealed the 3-2 win with a goal in the third period. Tomas Sholl (14-5-0) saved 27 of 30 shots in the loss.
Friday, January 18 vs. Allen Americans: 3-2 W (OT)
Shots: Americans 29, Steelheads 45
PP: Americans 0-for-4, Steelheads 0-for-6
The Steelheads outlasted the Americans with a 3-2 overtime win from CenturyLink Arena. The Americans opened the scoring with the lone goal of the opening period to take a 1-0 lead. The Steelheads scored two in the second period from defenseman Brady Norrish (0:55 2nd) on a give-and-go play as well as forward Elgin Pearce (6:33 2nd) on a deflection from the right wall, giving the home side a 2-1 lead. After the Americans tied the game at 2-2 in the third period, the game was settled in overtime. Forward Steve McParland (3:17 OT) took it in himself to take a 3-2 overtime win. Tomas Sholl (15-5-0) halted 27 of 29 shots in the win.
Saturday, January 19 vs. Allen Americans: 4-3 W (OT)
Shots: Americans 26, Steelheads 41
PP: Americans 0-for-4, Steelheads 1-for-5
The Steelheads netted another overtime thriller in a 4-3 OT win over the Americans from CenturyLink Arena. The Americans scored two goals in the first two periods to take an early 2-0 lead. Forward Alex Dahl (6:24 2nd) cut the lead in half, 2-1, on a rebound before the Americans and Dahl (13:38 2nd) traded goals again to stay within one, 3-2. Forward Mitch Moroz (16:22 2nd) deflected the game-tying goal, 3-3, to force overtime. After a penalty, Forward Brad McClure (PP, 4:21 OT) sealed the 4-3 win with a shot from the slot. Colton Point (4-1-1) halted 23 of 26 shots in the win.
Monday, January 21 @ Utah Grizzlies: 7-4 W
Shots: Steelheads 25, Grizzlies 37
PP: Steelheads 0-for-3, Grizzlies 3-for-6
The Steelheads began their nine-game road trip with a 7-4 win over the Grizzlies from Maverik Center. Forward Steve McParland (5:50 1st) notched the game’s first goal before the Grizzlies scored twice to take their lone lead of the day, 2-1. Defenseman Jeff King (13:25 1st) cleaned up a rebound to tie the game, 2-2, before the Steelheads scored three-unanswered in the second period. Forward Spencer Naas (4:54 2nd), defenseman Clint Lewis (8:23 2nd) and defenseman Nolan Gluchowski (9:15 2nd) all cashed in to spread the lead open to 5-2. The Grizzlies scored two more goals to draw within one, 5-4, before the end of the second period, however McParland (5:58 3rd) and forward Brad McClure (EN, 17:31 3rd) helped seal off the 7-4 win. Ryan Faragher (5-3-1) turned aside 33 of 37 shots in the win.
Saturday, January 26 @ Wichita Thunder – 6:05 p.m. MT
Sunday, January 27 @ Wichita Thunder – 3:05 p.m. MT
The Steelheads head back to the Midwest to renew their series with the Wichita Thunder from Intrust Bank Arena. The Steelheads make their second and final trip to Kansas following a 3-2 shootout loss on opening night. Following this weekend, the Steelheads and Thunder will have played half of their six-game season series with the final three coming in March at CenturyLink Arena. The Steelheads hold a 3-2-2 record in their short franchise series with the Thunder since the 2015-16 season.