Steelheads post strong start to eight-game road trip

Entering today’s Presidents’ Day matinee at Utah, the Idaho Steelheads have won three straight games to create some separation between their pursuers in the Mountain Division standings. The Steelheads are 28-17-7 for 63 points and have a six-point lead on fourth-place Alaska and an eight-point advantage on the Grizzlies and Missouri.

Idaho opened its three-game series at Utah on Friday, scoring the game’s first six goals, including a four-goal outburst in the first period, on its way to an 8-2 win. Joe Basaraba led the way with four points (2g-2a) while six other Steelheads notched multi-point efforts in the win. Landon Bow stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced to pick up the win in goal.

On Saturday, Bryce Van Brabant scored a pair of goals in the Steelheads’ 3-2 shootout win. Jefferson Dahl scored the only goal in the shootout to clinch the victory with Bow turning aside 29 shots in regulation and overtime and stopping all three of Utah’s shootout attempts. Anthony Luciani leads Idaho on the season with 23 goals and 51 points. Dahl ranks second on the team with 47 points (14g-33a) while Basaraba and Will Merchant are tied for second with 17 goals each. Merchant has scored 10 of his 17 goals on the power play to rank second among ECHL rookies, and fourth overall in the league, in that category. Joe Faust is tied for third among defensemen with 12 goals.

Bow has appeared in 17 games for the Steelheads this season, posting a 12-3-2 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.

The Steelheads continue their season-long eight-game road trip this week, wrapping up the three-game series at Utah today before heading to Missouri for games on Friday and Saturday.