Idaho Steelheads Return Home to Host First Time Foe
The Idaho Steelheads are now 9-8-3 following a six-game stretch against the Rapid City Rush and they open a nine-game home stand this weekend against a first time foe.
First, a recap of what happened last week in Rapid Cioty:
Wednesday, November 21 @ Rapid City Rush: 3-0 W
Shots: Steelheads 31, Rush 23
PP: Steelheads 1-for-4, Rush 0-for-4
The Steelheads earned their first shutout of the season with a 3-0 victory from Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Forward Brad McClure (19:29 1st) scored the eventual game-winner on a rebound to open the lead to 1-0. Forward Kale Kessy (PP, 7:31 2nd) followed up with his first goal of the year, and McClure (0:40 3rd) helped put the game out of reach in the 3-0 result. Goaltender Tomas Sholl (3-2-0) stopped all 23 shots in the shutout win.
Friday, November 23 @ Rapid City Rush: 4-1 L
Shots: Steelheads 33, Rush 38
PP: Steelheads 1-for-4, Rush 1-for-5
The Steelheads slipped behind early in a 4-1 loss from Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. The Rush scored the opening four goals of the game starting with two tallies in the first period followed by one in the second and third period, respectively, to take a 4-0 lead. Forward Reid Petryk (PP, 5:51 3rd) answered the scoring run, but the Steelheads fell 4-1. Netminder Tomas Sholl (3-3-0) halted 34 of 38 shots in the loss.
Saturday, November 24 @ Rapid City Rush: 6-0 W
Shots: Steelheads 27, Rush 41
PP: Steelheads 4-for-4, Rush 0-for-4
The Steelheads had a near perfect game in a 6-0 shutout win from Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Forward Kyle Schempp (PP 8:23 1st) started the special teams bonanza followed by forward Alex Dahl (PP, 11:05 1st) to take a swift 2-0 lead. Forward A.J. White (18:16 1st) scored the first of two even-strength goals to triple the lead, 3-0. Schempp (PP, 16:22 2nd) and defenseman Nolan Gluchowski (PP, 6:10 3rd) helped the Steelheads remain perfect on the power play, and forward Kale Kessy (13:27 3rd) notched the final tally in the 6-0 win. Goaltender Tomas Sholl (4-3-0) turned aside all 41 shots in the win.
Friday, November 30 vs. Jacksonville Icemen – 7:10 p.m. MT
Saturday, December 1 vs. Jacksonville Icemen – 7:10 p.m. MT
The Steelheads host the Jacksonville Icemen for the first time in franchise history for a two-game weekend. The two teams did not meet when the Icemen franchise resided in Evansville for four seasons from 2012-16. The Steelheads open a nine-game home stand spanning four weeks through the holiday season and play their first two-game weekend since October 26 & 27 against Utah.