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Playoff Primer - Mountain Division Finals (5/5/23)

Friday, May 5th
Playoff Primer - Mountain Division Finals (5/5/23)

Playoff Primer - Mountain Division Finals (5/5/23)

BOISE, ID - The Idaho Steelheads and Allen Americans square off in the Mountain Division Finals beginning tonight in Allen at 6:05 p.m. (MT). It is the third post season meeting between the two clubs, the first since the Steelheads reverse sweep of the Americans in the Mountain Division Semifinals back in 2018. 

MOUNTAIN DIVISION FINALS SCHEDULEGame 1 – at Allen Friday, May 5 at 6:05 p.m. (MT) Game 2 – at Allen Saturday, May 6 at 6:05 p.m. (MT) Game 3 – at Idaho Wednesday, May 10 at 7:10 p.m. (MT) Game 4 – at Idaho Friday, May 12 at 7:10 p.m. (MT) Game 5 – at Idaho Saturday, May 13 at 7:10 p.m. (MT) *If Necessary* Game 6 – at Idaho Monday, May 15 at 7:10 p.m. (MT) *If Necessary* Game 7 – at Allen Wednesday, May 17 at 7:10 p.m. (MT) *If Necessary* 

HOW WE GOT HERE The Idaho Steelheads fell behind 2-0 in the Mountain Division Semifinals against the Utah Grizzlies after suffering a pair of home losses by scores of 3-0 and 3-2 in Boise. From there, they rattled off four straight overtime wins to advance to the second round of the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs for the 11th time in 17 opportunities dating back to 2003-04. The Allen Americans also needed six games to advance to the second round as they defeated the Kansas City Mavericks as they never trailed in the series advancing to the second round for the 5th time in seven opportunities dating back to 2014-15.  

PREVIOUS PLAYOFF SERIES MEETINGS

2016 Conference Quarterfinals (Allen 4-3)(4) Allen Americans vs. Idaho Steelheads (5) 

  • April 14  at Allen Idaho (3)  Allen (1)
  • April 16  at Allen  Allen (3)   Idaho (1)
  • April 20  at Idaho Allen (3)   Idaho (1)
  • April 22  at Idaho Idaho (3)  Allen (1)
  • April 23  at Idaho Idaho (7)  Allen (1)
  • April 26  at Allen  Allen (4)   Idaho (2) OT 

2018 Mountain Division Semifinals(2) Idaho Steelheads vs. Allen Americans (3) 

  • April 13 at Idaho  Allen (3)  Idaho (2) 
  • April 14 at Idaho  Allen (5)  Idaho (4)
  • April 18 at Allen   Allen (5)  Idaho (3)
  • April 20 at Allen   Idaho (2) Allen (1)
  • April 22 at Allen   Idaho (2) Allen (1)
  • April 24 at Idaho Idaho (6) Allen (3)
  • April 25 at Idaho Idaho (3) Allen (1)

HISTORY MADE 

By winning four straight games in overtime time to take the series against Utah, the Idaho Steelheads tied a ECHL record and franchise record by collecting four consecutive overtime wins in playoffs. Idaho accomplished the feat back in 2019 also against Utah in the Mountain Division Semifinals. 

2023Game 3 – April 26  at Utah    Idaho (3)    Utah (2)   Willie Knierim (0:26) Game 4 – April 28  at Utah   Idaho (6)    Utah (5)    Ty Pelton-Byce (3:27) Game 5 – April 29  at Utah   Idaho (3)    Utah (2)    Willie Knierim (1:26) Game 6 – May 1 at Idaho     Idaho (3)    Utah (2)    Jack Becker (3:48) 

2019Game 2 – April 13 at Idaho  Idaho (3)     Utah (2)   Kale Kessy (7:56) Game 3 – April 17 at Utah   Idaho (3)     Utah (2)   Kyle Schempp (11:38) Game 4 – April 19 at Utah   Idaho (5)     Utah (4)   Brad McClure (8:05) Game 5 – April 20 at Utah   Idaho (2)     Utah (1)   Kyle Schempp (12:37) 

BYE BYE FIRST ROUND 

The Allen Americans used six games to defeat the Kansas City Mavericks to advance. Allen clinched the series on Monday night with a 2-1 victory behind a 40 save performance from goaltender Kevin Mandolese. The Ottawa Senators prospect played all six games for Allen making 185 saves on 196 shots. In Round One, the 22-year-old finished fifth in minutes (363), goals against average (1.82), and save percentage (.944). He made 30 or more saves in the final three games of the series. Despite all six games being decided by one goal, only one game needed overtime as Jack Combs gave Allen a 2-1 series lead on Apr. 24 scoring 4:23 into overtime. The Americans outscored the Mavericks 13-11 and finished 2-for-22 on the power-play while going 16-for-17 on the penalty kill. Allen scored first in four games in which they won three of those contests. Colton Hargrove led the club with three goals while eight skaters tallied a goal. Four players notched four points while at least sixteen skaters recorded a point. 

The Idaho Steelheads used six games to defeat the Utah Grizzlies including four straight overtime wins to advance. Idaho clinched the series on Monday night with a 3-2 overtime victory thanks to a goal from Jack Becker 3:48 into overtime in Boise. Adam Scheel played all six games for Idaho making 154 saves on 169 shots. In Round One, the 24-year-old recorded 25 or more saves in four of the six games facing an average of 27.5 shots per game. Five of the six games were decided by one goal which featured four of the six games with a final score of 3-2. The Steelheads and Grizzlies each scored 17 goals while Idaho finished 4-for-25 on the power-play and 19-for-24 on the penalty kill. Idaho scored first in three of the games coming away victorious in all three decisions. Owen Headrick led the Steelheads in points tallying six assists, tied for most by any skater in the opening round. A.J. White and Ty Pelton-Byce paced the way with three goals each while 11 different skaters tallied a goal and 18 players recorded a point.    

REGULAR SEASON COMPARISON 

                                    IDAHO                       ALLEN

RECORD:                      58-11-1-2                     37-32-2-1POINTS:                        119                               77WIN PERCENTAGE: .826                              .535HOME RECORD:        32-4-0-0                      18-15-2-1ROAD RECORD:         26-7-1-2                       19-17-0-0GOALS FOR:                 1st (290, 4.03)            8th  (260, 3.61)GOALS AGAINST:       1st (153, 2.13)            23rd (263, 3.65)PENALTY MINUTES AVG: 27th (11.57)       3rd  (17.67)FIGHTING MAJORS:       13th (27)               12th  (27) POWER-PLAY:               6th (57/257, 22.2%)          4th (73/305, 23.9%)HOME POWER PLAY:     13th (29/136, 20.9%)         7th (37/150, 24.7%)ROAD POWER PLAY:     3rd (28/118, 23.7%)          5th (36/155, 23.2%)PENATLY KILL:             3rd (207/246, 84.1%)         5th  (260/315, 82.5%)PENALTY KILL HOME:    1st (108/123, 87.8%)         6th (132/159, 83%)PENALTY KILL ROAD:    13th (99/123, 80.5%)         9th (128/156, 82.1%)SHORT HANDED GF:      T4th (13)                        6SHORT HANDED GA:     7                                       6SHOTS FOR:                      2nd (35.78)                     20th (31.18)SHOTS AGAINST:           2nd (28.82)                     26th (36.40)OUTSHOOTING OPP:     43-9-1-2                         11-6-1-1OUTSHOT BY OPP:         14-0-0-0                         16-12-9-2SCORING FIRST:             39-5-1-1                         23-8-2-01-GOAL GAMES:              15-5-1-2                         15-9-1-22-GOAL GAMES:              12-3-0-0                         8-9-0-03-GOAL GAMES:           14-3-0-0                         9-7-0-0LEADING AFTER 1st:     31-4-1-1                         22-4-1-0TIED AFTER 1st:              17-2-0-0                         9-6-2-1TRAILING AFTER 1st:    10-5-0-1                         8-19-4-1LEADING AFTER 2nd:    48-2-0-0                        26-3-1-0TIED AFTER 2nd:              4-2-1-2                          3-1-2-0TRAILING AFTER 2nd:    6-7-0-0                         6-26-5-1

REGULAR SEASON HEAD-TO-HEAD SERIES

2022-23 HEAD-TO-HEAD SCHEDULE / RESULTS

Date

Result

Record

First Goal

PP

PK

SF

SA

IDH GOALIE (SV/GA)

OPPN GOALIE (SV/GA)

Nov. 23, 2023

Idaho, 7-4 (H)

1-0-0-0

IDH

1/2

2/4

42

33

Poirier (29/4)

Peressini (35/6)

Nov. 25, 2023

Idaho, 5-1 (H)

2-0-0-0

IDH

1/5

4/4

41

29

Scheel (28/1)

Peressini (36/5)

Nov. 26, 2023

Idaho, 5-2 (H)

3-0-0-0

ALN

2/6

3/5

39

20

Kupsky (18/2)

Dop (34/5)

Mar. 10, 2023

Idaho, 6-4 (H)

4-0-0-0

ALN

1/4

2/3

32

31

Scheel (27/4)

Perry (26/5)

Mar. 11, 2023

Idaho, 5-0 (H)

5-0-0-0

IDH

0/3

3/3

33

21

Scheel (21/0)

Peressini (28/5)

Mar. 22, 2023

Idaho, 5-3 (A)

6-0-0-0

ALN

2/3

2/4

39

35

Scheel (32/3)

Perry (34/4)

Mar. 24, 2023

Idaho, 3-1 (A)

7-0-0-0

IDH

0/4

3/3

41

21

Scheel (20/1)

Peressini (38/3)

Mar. 25, 2023

Idaho, 6-3 (A)

8-0-0-0

IDH

2/3

3/5

46

37

Scheel (34/3)

Perry (40/5)

2022-23 SEASON SERIES MATCHUP

Series Record

Leading Scorer

Power Play

Idaho Steelheads:

8-0-0-0

8GP, T. Pelton-Byce (5-7-12)   

9/30 (30%) 

Allen Americans: 

0-8-0-0

8GP, L. Finlay (4-4-8) 

9/31 (29%) 

Idaho Steelheads

Allen Americans

#

Skater

GP

G

A

PTS

PIMS

+/-

#

Skater

GP

G

A

PTS

PIMS

+/-

17

Ty Pelton-Byce

8

5

7

12

6

8

15

Liam Finlay

8

4

4

8

2

-4

15

Ryan Dmowski

8

4

6

10

2

7

67

Hank Crone

8

4

3

7

14

-12

37

Zane Franklin

8

5

4

9

8

11

23

Colton Saucerman

8

0

6

6

4

-9

47

Patrick Kudla

6

3

6

9

7

5

21

Jack Combs

6

2

3

5

0

-8

19

Justin Misiak

8

3

6

9

2

11

7

Colton Hargrove

6

2

2

4

10

-10

7

Owen Headrick

8

1

8

9

2

13

25

Aidan Brown

5

2

0

2

8

-4

43

Matt Register

6

0

8

8

2

7

77

Grant Hebert

5

0

2

2

2

-4

26

Jade Miller

8

3

4

7

4

10

49

Zachary Massicotte

6

0

2

2

4

-4

77

Jordan Kawaguchi

5

3

3

6

7

5

29

Colby McAuley

5

0

2

2

0

-5

6

Wade Murphy

6

4

1

5

6

3

4

Kris Myllari

8

0

2

2

2

-3

11

Justin Ducharme

6

2

2

4

4

1

44

Stefan Fournier

5

1

0

1

6

-2

27

Jack Becker

5

1

3

4

7

5

20

Eric Williams

3

1

0

1

0

-3

51

Dawson Barteaux

8

1

2

3

6

-1

10

Jakov Novak

3

0

1

1

0

-5

34

Colton Kehler

4

1

2

3

0

1

3

Ryan Gagnon

8

0

0

0

9

-10

18

A.J. White

8

1

2

3

2

1

32

Mikael Robidoux

5

0

0

0

16

-3

3

Nick Canade

4

1

1

2

10

3

28

Justin Young

5

0

0

0

2

-4

74

Cody Haiskanen

5

1

1

2

8

5

13

Casey Johnson

4

1

1

2

0

4

21

Demetrios Koumontzis

3

0

1

1

0

4

55

Zach Walker

6

0

1

1

7

0

29

Willie Knierim

5

0

0

0

6

0

Idaho Steelheads

#

Goaltender

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

MIN

GA

GAA

SV%

35

Adam Scheel

6

6

0

0

0

359:58

12

2.00

.931

31

Rémi Poirier

1

1

0

0

0

60:00

4

4.00

.879

1

Jake Kupsky

1

1

0

0

0

60:00

2

2.00

.900

Allen Americans

#

Goaltender

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

MIN

GA

GAA

SV%

31

Luke Peressini

4

0

4

0

0

238:17

19

4.78

.878

35

Chase Perry

3

0

3

0

0

176:56

14

4.75

.877

1

Eric Dop

1

0

1

0

0

59:05

5

5.08

.872

The Steelheads and Americans squared off against one another eight times in the regular season with Idaho sweeping the head-to-head series. See below for a breakdown of the head-to-head series this season. 

GOAL SCORING: Idaho scored 42 goals in eight games against Allen this season for a average of (5.25). They produced five more goals in seven of the eight contests and scored 14 goals in the three outings down in Allen.  

GOALS AGAINST: Idaho held Allen to just 18 goals in the series an average of (2.25). They held the Americans to three or fewer goals in six of the eight games and held them to seven goals in three outings down in Allen.  

POWER PLAY: Idaho scored a power-play goal in six of the eight games including three multi power-play goal games. The Steelheads were 4-for-10 on the man advantage in Allen including two multi power-play goal outings. 

PENALTY KILL: Idaho allowed a power-play goal against in five of the eight games including four multi goal power-play games. The Steelheads were 8-for-12 on the kill down in Allen.  

Vs. Allen 

GP

W

L

OTL

SOL

GF

GA

PP%

PK%

SHGF

SHGA

Allen

8

8

0

0

0

42

18

9/30 (30%)

22/31 (70.9%)

2

1

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The Idaho Steelheads will be hosting viewing parties for Game One and Two tonight and tomorrow in the SportsZone at the Idaho Central Arena located on the third floor with the following menu available: 

Chicken Tenders and Fries          $12.00Finger steaks and Fries                $12.00Hotdog                                             $5.00Pizza Slice                                       $3.00  (pepperoni or cheese)Chips and cheese                           $5.00

Also Beer, wine and mixed drinks will be available to purchase.

Tickets for Game Three Wednesday, May 10th and Game Four Friday, May 12th are on sale now. CLICK HERE to purchase your tickets today. 

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