BOISE, Idaho – The Idaho Steelheads (12-7-1) earned their second-straight shutout win in a 3-0 blanking of the South Carolina Stingrays (9-7-2) on Wednesday night from Idaho Central Arena.THE GAME’S STORYThe Steelheads controlled the pacing of the game from the outset and earned two early power plays out of it. On their second man-advantage, forward Kyle Marino (PP, 10:01 1st) tipped a shot from the blue line while standing net front to open the scoring. Turnovers and offensive presence became a theme in goals for the Steelheads with forward Will Merchant (17:46 1st) converting net front off the crossbar after creating time worked in the offensive end for the 2-0 lead. The Steelheads added one more in the final frame off another turnover finished by forward Luc Brown (15:53 3rd) to seal off the eventual 3-0 win. Matt Jurusik halted all 24 shots in the victory.ICCU 3 STARS OF THE GAME1. IDH – Matt Jurusik (24-save shutout)2. IDH – Kyle Marino (goal, fight)3. IDH – Will Merchant (goal, assist)PEPSI PLAYER OF THE GAMEMatt Jurusik (G) – first-career shutout, 24-24 savesSTEELHEADS STANDOUTS- Matt Jurusik: Jurusik nailed down his first professional shutout in his 24-save effort, avenging a late goal earlier this season to deny the opportunity. Jurusik has held opponents to two goals or less in four-straight appearances and now sits third in GAA (1.86) and fifth in save percentage (.929).- Luc Brown:Brown extended his goal streak to three-straight games with his third period tally, marking the longest goal streak of the season for the team. Brown owns five points (4-1—5) in his last three games and has 15 points on the season.- Will Merchant:Merchant’s multi-point game is his fourth of the season to lead the team. He owns four points in four games and now has 17 points (8-9—17) while sharing the team lead in goals.CATCH OF THE DAYThe Steelheads earned back-to-back shutouts for the first time this season, stopping 51-consecutive shots over two games in Kansas City and against South Carolina. It’s the first time since Mar. 15-16, 2018 that the Steelheads earned back-to-back shutouts when Tomas Sholl stopped 50-straight shots in two days against South Carolina, but it’s the first occurrence of two different goaltenders posting back-to-back shutouts since Branden Komm (29 saves) and Landon Bow (27 saves) on Apr. 5-7, 2017 in Alaska against the Aces. The Steelheads have had back-to-back shutouts just five times in the ECHL era with the only ones including home games coming on Nov. 7-8, 2003 against Cincinnati thanks to Dan Ellis (33 saves) and Blair Allison (33 saves).ATTENDANCE: 4,026LOOKING AHEADThe Steelheads and Stingrays continue their three-game weekend on Friday, Dec. 10 at 7:10 p.m. from Idaho Central Arena. Tickets are limited availability by going to idahosteelheads.com or calling 331-TIXS. Coverage begins at 6:50 p.m. on 95.3FM/1350AM KTIK “The Ticket” as well as 7:00 p.m. on Sparklight Ch. 72 & FloHockey.
Jurusik Earns First-Career Shutout in 3-0 Blanking of Stingrays
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