Eagles Lose First Game of Three in Idaho
BOISE, ID. – Idaho forwards Jefferson Dahl and Steve McParland each scored a pair of goals, as the Steelheads handed the Colorado Eagles a 6-4 loss in Boise on Wednesday.
Michael Joly, J.C. Beaudin, Jake Marto and Matt Register all turned in multi-point performances in the losing effort for Colorado.
The Eagles fell behind early when a 2-on-1 rush led to Idaho forward Justin Parizek flinging a backhander into the back of the net just 4:14 into the contest to give the Steelheads a 1-0 lead.
Colorado would kill off a 5-on-3 power play later in the period, while goaltender Sam Brittain made several big saves throughout the opening 20 minutes of play.
Moving into the second period, Colorado would level the score on a 5-on-3 power play when defenseman Matt Register stepped into a slapshot from the high slot and beat Steelheads goalie Philippe Desrosiers to tie the game at 1-1 just 4:36 into the middle frame.
Less than two minutes later, Idaho would reclaim the lead when Dahl deflected a shot past Brittain to make it a 2-1 advantage for the Steelheads. The lead would be stretched to 3-1 when McParland powered his way down the ice and across the top of the crease before slipping the puck between Brittain’s pads to make it a 3-1 Idaho advantage at the 16:35 mark of the second period.
With momentum now on their side, the Steelheads would take advantage of an Eagles turnover at center ice to spur a 2-on-1 rush that would end with Dahl lighting the lamp for the second time in the contest and putting Idaho on top 4-1 with 2:20 remaining in the period.
Needing to stem the tide, Eagles forward Michael Joly would tip a…[read more]