The Idaho Steelheads are off to their best start since joining the ECHL in 2003-04 following a pair of wins at Fresno, 7-6 in a shootout on Saturday and 5-3 on Sunday. Idaho is 5-0-0 and one point ahead of Alaska (4-1-1) in the West Division. The Steelheads, who lead the league in scoring averaging 4.80 goals per game, continue their five-game road trip visiting Phoenix on Thursday and Saturday and Long Beach on Friday. Idaho opened the season with a three-game sweep of Long Beach at Qwest Arena.
The losses were the first of the season for Fresno which is 3-1-1 and leads the Pacific Division with seven points, three points ahead of Bakersfield (2-2-0). The Falcons, who are 2-1-1 at home and 1-0-0 on the road, will host Stockton on Friday and Bakersfield on Sunday while traveling to Long Beach on Saturday.
Fresno’s Luke Curtin is tied for second in the league with five goals and 10 points, including an ECHL team record four goals and five points on Friday. The Falcons’ Brett Jaeger is 2-1-1 with a goals-against average of 3.43 and a save percentage of .896 and ranks third in the league with 245 minute in four games.
D’Arcy McConvey has scored in every game and leads the Steelheads with nine points and is tied for the team lead with three goals and six assists. David Bararuk is tied for the ECHL lead with two game-winning goals and is tied for the team lead with three goals and tied for second on the team with eight points while Scott Burt is tied for the team lead with six assists and tied for second with eight points. Leading the league in wins, Matthew Yeats is 4-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.01 and a save percentage of .929.