Winging It: The Kalamazoo Wings will make their first ever visit to CenturyLink Arena this week for a three-game set, as the Steelheads look to expand on back-to-back wins over the Allen Americans last weekend. The Wings will be the third opponent this season to head to Boise for the first time, with the Norfolk Admirals and Wichita Thunder also making their Treasure Valley debuts earlier this season. Both prior opponents came for two-game sets, both earning a split against the Steelheads.
Dahl-Time Best: Jefferson Dahl just completed the best ten-game stretch of his professional career, the Steelheads captain notching nine goals in his last ten games and collecting 17 points. The nine-goal outburst moved Dahl into the league’s top-20 in goal-scoring with 14 on the season, with five of those goals coming on the power play. Dahl also is in the midst of a four-game goal-scoring streak, matching his own high-mark for the season while teammate Steve McParland has also scored in four straight. Dahl has scored Idaho’s first goal of the game three times in the last four contests.
Shorthanded Strength: The Steelheads scored twice shorthanded over the weekend, raising their shorthanded goal total for the season to six for the seventh- best total in the ECHL. Justin Parizek netted both shorthanded goals for Idaho, the rookie netting three goals during the two game set against Allen. The Steelheads finished last season with eight shorthanded goals.
Shutting the Door: Ryan Faragher earned his second shutout in 12 starts on Saturday night, stopping all 22 shots against the Allen Americans to improve his record to 6-5-1 on the season. Idaho had six shutout victories last season, with Landon Bow and Branden Komm each earning three. The Steelhead record for shutouts in an ECHL season is five by Josh Robinson during the 2012-13 campaign.
Tough Ticket: The Steelheads hosted back-to-back sell-out crowds over the weekend, bringing the total to seven sell-outs in 20 home games this year. Last season, the Steelheads had nine sell-outs during the season, yet still welcomed more fans than in any year since 2007-08.