Led by goaltender Steve Silverthorn, Idaho swept its three-game home-opening series with Utah and the Steelheads sit atop the ECHL and the West Division with 14 points and a 7-1-0 record.
Idaho will remain home this weekend when it hosts Stockton, which is off to its best start ever at 5-0-0, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Steelheads are six points ahead of defending Kelly Cup champion Alaska (4-2-0) and eight points in front of Phoenix (3-5-0) and Utah (2-4-2).
After making 36 saves in regulation and two in overtime before stopping all three shootout attempts in a 6-5 win on Friday, Silverthorn had 19 saves in a 5-4 win on Saturday and 26 saves in a 4-1 win on Sunday. Named the RBC Financial Group ECHL Saver of the Month for October and under contract to Iowa of the American Hockey League, the 25-year-old is 7-0-0 and leads the league in wins, minutes (470) and saves (245) while he is tied for second in shutouts (1). Silverthorn, who attended the Dallas Stars Prospects Camp as well as training camp with Iowa before joining the Steelheads, leads the league in shootout percentage with 1.000 (7-for-7) and is tied for the lead with two shootout wins.
Derek Nesbitt leads the Steelheads with 11 points and three power-play goals while he is tied for the team lead with five goals and six assists in eight games. Marty Flichel is tied for the lead with five goals and tied for second with 10 points and two power-play goals while Lance Galbraith is tied for the lead with six assists and tied for second with 10 points and two power-play goals. Flichel has scored a goal in each of his last three games (3g) and has scored in all eight games (5g-5a), the longest steak in the ECHL, while Nesbitt has a five-game scoring streak (4g-5a) and Galbraith has a three-game scoring streak (3g-3a).