BOISE, Idaho – Forward Will Merchant scores the deciding goal as the Idaho Steelheads (10-5-4) win 3-2 in overtime over the Kansas City Mavericks (6-9-2) on Saturday night from CenturyLink Arena.
For the second-straight game, the Steelheads found the opening goal early at 4:19 of the first period when forward Spencer Naas broke into the offensive end and ripped a shot from the slot under the crossbar, giving the Steelheads the 1-0 lead. The Mavericks answered late in the frame on the power play thanks to a flip by forward Darian Dziurzynski at 18:35, tying the game at 1-1.
The Mavericks then took their first lead of the weekend, 2-1, and netted their own early goal at 0:52 of the second period on a fluttering shot by defenseman Kevin McKernan from the right circle. The Steelheads tied the game up in the same fashion the Mavericks did in the first frame: on the power play. At 18:53, a screen set up by forward A.J. White allowed a blue line shot from defenseman Colton Saucerman to slip through the coverage, and that goal eventually sent the game into overtime, 2-2.
In the extra period, Merchant forced a turnover at his own line, and a lead up by White set Merchant on course for the net, and a flip over the right pad at 1:28 finished off the weekend with a 3-2 overtime win, giving the Steelheads wins in back-to-back games.
Steelheads netminder Tomas Sholl (8-2-3) turned aside 20 of 22 shots in the win, while Mavericks goaltender Nick Schneider (6-5-2) halted 32 of 35 shots in the overtime loss.
The Steelheads continue their home stand on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 7:10 p.m. when they welcome the Rapid City Rush to CenturyLink Arena. Tickets are available by calling 208-331-TIXS(8497) or going to idahosteelheads.com. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on 1350 KTIK-AM and at 7:00 p.m. on Sparklight Ch. 72 & ECHL.tv.
Call the Steelheads Front Office at 208-383-0080 to plan your seats for this season, including single-game, flex plans and season tickets. Stay connected to the Steelheads on idahosteelheads.com or by following the team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.