By Chris Langrill
The Idaho Statesman
BOISE, Idaho – There wasn’t really any doubt, but Bryan McGregor made it perfectly clear Wednesday night: He has become an explosive offensive dynamo down the stretch of the ECHL’s regular season.
The Idaho Steelheads forward notched a hat trick and had six points in Idaho’s 6-3 win over the Phoenix RoadRunners at Qwest Arena. His six points were the most by a Steelhead player this season.
Steelheads captain Marty Flichel knows a thing or two about offense, having led Idaho in scoring the past two seasons, but he said he hasn’t seen a player go on this kind of a roll in some time.
“Not really, no,” Flichel said. “We were joking that everything he touches turns to gold, but he deserves it. … They key on him and he still does well.”
McGregor’s big night was an extension of the numbers he’s been putting up lately. He has 22 points in his last seven games and has moved up the ladder of the top scorers in the ECHL. He is the fifth-leading scorer in the league with 75 points, and ranks sixth in goals with 35.
“I don’t know, the power play is clicking,” McGregor said. “I look across the room at Marty Flichel, and I just do what he says to do. The veteran guys on this team, you watch Darrell Hay during a game and see how many times he comes over and talks to me. It starts with him and Marty, and we just feed off of it.”
Idaho coach Derek Laxdal said McGregor’s performance is a result of team play.
“You have to take into account his teammates,” Laxdal said. “He has a pretty good set of hands on each side of him, and he’s got Darrell Hay in the back end moving pucks up.”
Still, Laxdal admits that McGregor is a special player.
“He’s got such raw skill,” Laxdal said. “Our fans should enjoy this while it lasts, because I guarantee you he won’t be here next year. … He’s probably one of the best players we’ve seen in Boise in the last four years.”