Steelheads Continue 12 Game Home Stand
The Idaho Steelheads are nearing the end of a four week twelve game home stand as they prepare to host the Fort Wayne Komets Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. This will the first time the Komets have come to Boise.
Last week the Steelheads and Allen Americans exploded for 28 goals in three games. 15 by Allen and 13 from Idaho as the division leading Americans won 2 of 3 games at Century Link arena. Two of those games went to overtime.
Below is a recap of last week for the Steelheads and a look ahead to this week:
Wednesday, December 4 vs. Allen Americans: L 6-4
Shots: Americans 23, Steelheads 34
PP: Americans 0-for-2, Steelheads 0-for-3
The Steelheads were taken down 6-4 from CenturyLink Arena. The Americans started the scoring early with a pair of tallies before forward Will Merchant (10:53 1st) halted the press ahead at a 2-1 score. The Americans then added three more goals stretching into the next period to extend their lead to 5-1. Forward Brett Supinski (1:12 3rd) began the push back ahead of another Americans tally and a 6-2 score. Defenseman Ondrej Vala (13:53 3rd) and Supinski (18:55 3rd) came up with late goals, but the hole was too wide in the 6-4 loss. Tomas Sholl (9-4-3) halted 17 of 23 shots in the loss.
Friday, December 6 vs. Allen Americans: W 6-5 (OT)
Shots: Americans 32, Steelheads 42
PP: Americans 0-for-4, Steelheads 2-for-5
The Steelheads overcame a pair of two-goal holes to take a 6-5 overtime win from CenturyLink Arena. The Americans found two early net front goals to take a 2-0 lead before forward Will Merchant (4:39 2nd) answered back, 2-1. Both sides went back and forth in the middle frame with the Americans striking first and forward Kyle Schempp (PP, 16:42 2nd) following suit for a 3-2 game. After forward Conner Bleackley (6:08 3rd) tied the game on a deflection, the Americans scored twice off turnovers to re-take the lead, 5-3. The Steelheads forced overtime thanks to forwards Tye Felhaber (PP, 14:19 3rd) and Spencer Naas (15:27 3rd) late in the game, and forward Max Coatta (2:58 OT) completed the full comeback to claim the 6-5 overtime win. Colton Point (3-4-1) denied 27 of 32 shots in the win.
Saturday, December 7 vs. Allen Americans: L 4-3 (OT)
Shots: Americans 41, Steelheads 39
PP: Americans 1-for-8, Steelheads 0-for-4
The Steelheads couldn’t hold their lead in a 4-3 overtime loss from CenturyLink Arena. Forward Brett Supinski (9:58 1st) sent the teddy bears flying early to take an initial 1-0 lead. After the Americans tied the game in the second period, forwards A.J. White (12:24 2nd) and Max Coatta (13:24 2nd) took back the lead, 3-1. The Americans then scored twice in the third period and closed out with the overtime winner during the 4-3 result. Tomas Sholl (9-4-4) saved 37 of 41 shots in the overtime loss.
Wednesday, December 11 vs. Fort Wayne Komets – 7:10 p.m. MT
Friday, December 13 vs. Fort Wayne Komets – 7:10 p.m. MT
Saturday, December 14 vs. Fort Wayne Komets – 7:10 p.m. MT
The Steelheads host the Fort Wayne Komets for the first time in franchise history for a three-game weekend to end the home stand. The Steelheads and Komets open a five-game season series with the final two games coming in Indiana. This is the third time in two seasons that the Steelheads have begun a franchise series against a Central Division opponent, and last year the Steelheads went 4-2-0 against the Indy Fuel and Toledo Walleye. This is also the first three of seven games against Central Division teams this season.