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JACK BECKER SCORES TWICE IN 100TH PRO GAME BUT STEELHEADS LOSE TO ROYALS

Wednesday, January 3rd
JACK BECKER SCORES TWICE IN 100TH PRO GAME BUT STEELHEADS LOSE TO ROYALS

JACK BECKER SCORES TWICE IN 100TH PRO GAME BUT STEELHEADS LOSE TO ROYALS

BOISE, ID – The Idaho Steelheads (22-8-0-1, 45pts) fell to the Reading Royals (12-14-1-1, 26pts) by a final score of 7-3 Wednesday night in front of a sellout crowd of 5,215 at the Idaho Central Arena to begin a season long six-game homestand. It was the 13th straight sellout this season and Idaho has now sold-out in 15 of 16 home games. Idaho and Reading will clash on Friday night at 7:10 p.m.  

Reading led 1-0 after the first period as Nicholas Ouellet (1st) scored his first professional goal with 6:58 left in the first period. Idaho had two power-plays in the frame as they outshot the Royals 13-8 in the frame. 

Kenny Johnson grabbed his first professional goal just 31 seconds into the second period making it 2-0. At 2:10 of the frame Willie Knierim (3rd) pulled Idaho back within one. Demetrios Koumontzis from the top of the right circle fed Jack Becker in the high slot. From there Becker let a wrist shot that was tipped home in front by Knierim. Reading re-gained a two-goal lead 2:25 later on a power-play score from Tyson Fawcett. Royals led 3-1 after 40 minutes of play with second period shots favoring the Steelheads 10-8.  

The Royals opened the third period striking for three goals in just 62 seconds to capture a 6-1 lead just 6:43 into the final frame getting goals from Tevor Thurston, Adam Brubacher, and Shane Sellar. At 9:20 of the frame Jack Becker (13thmade it 6-2 with a wrist shot from the high slot low glove side with assists from Cody Haiskanen and Matt Register. Becker (14ththen scored a shot-handed goal 2:14 later as Demetrios Koumontzis from the left circle hit Becker driving the net where he directed home a back hand. With 1:52 left Austin Master got the Royals on the board to cap of the 7-3 win. 

David Tendeck made 14 saves on 19 shots in the loss and was pulled 5:59 into the third period. Bryan Thomson allowed two goals against on nine shots in 14:01 of relief. Parker Gahagen made 38 saves on 41 shots in the win. 

BOX SCORE

ICCU Three Stars

  1. Shane Sellar (REA, 1-2-3)
  2. Jack Becker (2-1-3, 6 shots) 
  3. Devon Paliani (REA, 0-3-3)

GAME NOTES

  • Idaho went 0-for-4 on the power-play while Reading was 1-for-3. 
  • Idaho outshot Reading 41-28.  
  • Idaho is 3-4-0 all-time vs. Reading and 3-3-0 in Boise, ID. 
  • Jade Miller (IR), Colton Kehler (INJ), and Ben Zloty (DNP)did not dress for Idaho. 
  • Jack Becker scored two goals for his second straight game and tallied an assist for a career high three points in his 100th professional game. 
  • Demtrios Koumontzis tallied two assists while Matt Register, Cody Haiskanen, and Roman Rodzinski each recorded one. 

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