Steelheads post strong start to season-long road trip
Entering today’s Presidents’ Day matinee at Utah, the Idaho Steelheads have won three straight games to create some separation between their pursuers in the Mountain Division standings. The Steelheads are 28-17-7 for 63 points and have a six-point lead on fourth-place Alaska and an eight-point advantage on the Grizzlies and Missouri.
Idaho opened its three-game series at Utah on Friday, scoring the game’s first six goals, including a four-goal outburst in the first period, on its way to an 8-2 win. Joe Basaraba led the way with four points (2g-2a) while six other Steelheads notched multi-point efforts in the win. Landon Bow stopped 31 of the 33 shots he faced to pick up the win in goal.
On Saturday, Bryce Van Brabant scored a pair of goals in the Steelheads’ 3-2 shootout win. Jefferson Dahl scored the only goal in the shootout to clinch the victory with Bow turning aside 29 shots in regulation and overtime and stopping all three of Utah’s shootout attempts.
Anthony Luciani leads Idaho on the season with 23 goals and 51 points. Dahl ranks second on the team with 47 points (14g-33a) while Basaraba and Will Merchant are tied for second with 17 goals each. Merchant has scored 10 of his 17 goals on the power play to rank second among ECHL rookies, and fourth overall in the league, in that category. Joe Faust is tied for third among defensemen with 12 goals.
Bow has appeared in 17 games for the Steelheads this season, posting a 12-3-2 record with a 2.44 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.
The Steelheads continue their season-long eight-game road trip this week, wrapping up the three-game series at Utah today before heading to Missouri for games on Friday and Saturday.
Costello records third-straight 100-point season
Allen’s Chad Costello reached the 100-point plateau for the third consecutive season on Sunday against Rapid City. The two-time defending ECHL scoring champion once again leads the league this season with 100 points (28g-72a) in 56 games.
Costello is just the third player in the ECHL’s 29-year history to post three consecutive seasons of at least 100 points. He joins John Spoltore, a 2014 inductee into the ECHL Hall of Fame, who posted at least 100 points from 1997-98 through 1999-00 with Louisiana, and Trevor Jobe, who reached the century mark with Nashville and Richmond from 1990-91 through 1992-93.
Costello’s three seasons of 100 or more points is tied for the second most in league history with Jobe and 2015 ECHL Hall of Fame inductee Darren Colbourne (1991-92, 1993-94 and 1996-97). Spoltore holds the league record with four 100-point seasons.
A look ahead
Games to watch in the ECHL during the week ahead. Watch ECHL games live on ECHL.TV.
Brampton at Adirondack (Saturday)
The Thunder enter the week in third place of the North Division with 64 points, two points ahead of the fourth-place Beast.
Quad City at Fort Wayne (Wednesday)
The Komets sit in second place of the Central Division with 66 points, six ahead of the third -place Mallards.
•Stepan Falkovsky leads defensemen in power-play goals (11) and goals (17).
•The Thunder are 6-1-3 in their last 10 games.
•Adirondack hosts Reading on Friday and Brampton on Saturday.
•David Pacan is tied for third with 29 goals.
•Brampton is 13-1-2 when leading after one period.
•The Beast host Wheeling on Monday, visit Manchester on Friday and Adirondack on Saturday and host Florida on Sunday.
•Kenton Miller is on a three-game goal streak (3g).
•The Jackals play 16 of their final 21 games at home.
•Elmira hosts Alaska on Thursday and Florida on Friday and Saturday.
•Sam Brittain is tied for fifth with 19 wins.
•Manchester is third with 3.85 goals per game.
•The Monarchs host Brampton on Friday and Alaska on Saturday and Sunday.
•Florian Iberer is tied for 10th among defensemen with 33 points (8g-25a).
•The Royals are the league’s second-least penalized team with 10.98 penalty minutes per game.
•Reading hosts Greenville on Wednesday and Sunday and visits Adirondack on Friday.
•Cody Wydo is the first Nailer since Chris Barton and Paul Crowder (both in 2011-12 and 2012-13) to produce back-to-back 20-goal seasons.
•Wheeling has clinched a winning record at home for the 22nd time in 25 seasons.
•The Nailers are at Brampton on Monday, Toledo on Friday and Saturday and Fort Wayne on Sunday.
•Josh Atkinson is third among rookie defensemen with 37 points (8g-29a).
•The Gladiators are 16-2-2 when leading after two periods.
•Atlanta is at Orlando on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
•Nick Huard has 12 points (6g-6a) in his last 13 games.
•Cincinnati is 13-for-42 (31.0 percent) on the power play in its last seven games.
•The Cyclones are at Kalamazoo on Monday and Sunday and host Wichita on Wednesday and Friday and Indy on Saturday.
•Brant Harris leads Florida with 57 points (22g-35a).
•The Everblades are 12-3-0 when outshot by their opponent.
•Florida is at Norfolk on Wednesday, Elmira on Friday and Saturday and Brampton on Sunday.
•Angelo Miceli is on an eight-game point streak (7g-5a).
•Greenville has scored a power-play goal in eight straight games.
•The Swamp Rabbits are at Reading on Wednesday and Sunday and Norfolk on Friday and Saturday.
•Brandon Anderson is tied for fourth with three shutouts.
•The Admirals are second with three shorthanded goals against.
•Norfolk hosts Florida on Wednesday and Greenville on Friday and Saturday.
•Alex Gacek is second among rookies with five game-winning goals.
•Orlando has at least 40 shots on goal in four consecutive games.
•The Solar Bears host Atlanta on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
•Domenic Monardo is on a 10-game point streak (6g-11a).
•The Stingrays are tied for the league lead with eight overtime wins.
•South Carolina is at Rapid City on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
•Curtis Lenoard played in his 100th career game on Friday against Kalamazoo.
•Fort Wayne has outshot its opponent in nine straight games.
•The Komets host Quad City on Wednesday, visit Indy on Friday and host Wichita on Saturday and Wheeling on Sunday.
•Matt Rupert has four goals in his last four games.
•The Fuel are 4-for-15 (26.7 percent) on the power play over their last four games.
•Indy hosts Fort Wayne on Friday and visits Cincinnati on Saturday and Toledo on Sunday.
•Nick Riopel has won five of his last six decisions.
•Kalamazoo is 15-2-3 when scoring first.
•The K-Wings host Cincinnati on Monday and Sunday while visiting Quad City on Friday and hosting the Mallards on Saturday.
•Michael Parks has 18 points (8g-10a) in his last 15 games.
•The Mallards have allowed two goals in four of their last five games.
•Quad City travels to Fort Wayne on Wednesday, hosts Kalamazoo on Friday, visits the K-Wings on Saturday and hosts Wichita on Sunday.
•Jake Paterson leads the league with 25 wins.
•Toledo has a league-leading 21 road wins (21-7-1).
•The Walleye host Wheeling on Friday and Saturday and Indy on Sunday.
•Phil Brewer leads Tulsa with 31 points (11g-20a).
•The Oilers are third with 34.39 shots per game.
•Tulsa hosts Allen on Friday and Missouri on Sunday.
•Blake Tatchell had five points (1g-4a) last week.
•Wichita is tied for third with 11 shorthanded goals.
•The Thunder are at Cincinnati on Wednesday and Friday, Fort Wayne on Saturday and Quad City on Sunday.
•Stephen Perfetto is tied for fifth with 61 points (25g-36a).
•The Aces are 17-0-4 when scoring first.
•Alaska is at Elmira on Thursday and Manchester on Saturday and Sunday.
•Greger Hanson is second in the league with 30 goals.
•Allen is second with 3.91 goals per game.
•The Americans visit Tulsa on Friday.
•Matt Register leads defensemen with 52 points (12g-40a).
•The Eagles have outscored their opponents 59-24 during their 12-game winning streak.
•Colorado hosts Utah on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
•Anthony Luciani has nine points (5g-4a) in his last seven games.
•Idaho has killed 21 consecutive opposing power plays.
•The Steelheads are at Utah on Monday and Missouri on Friday and Saturday.
•Dane Fox has posted a team-leading 13 multi-point games this season.
•The Mavericks have had a league-leading 16 games decided in overtime or a shootout.
•Missouri hosts Idaho on Friday and Saturday and travels to Tulsa on Sunday.
•Ryan Walters is fourth with 182 shots on goal.
•Rapid City is 12-2-3 when leading after one period.
•The Rush host South Carolina on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
•Ralph Cuddemi is second among rookies with 22 goals.
•The Grizzlies have won seven straight games when scoring first.
•Utah hosts Idaho on Monday and is at Colorado on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.