The Idaho Steelheads (16-10-3) finished their recent nine-game home stand with a 7-2-0-0 record and now hit the road with a three-game weekend in Rapid City, S.D.

Here is a recap of the Steelheads weekend series against the Utah Grizzlies:

Friday, December 21 vs. Utah Grizzlies: 5-1 L
Shots: Grizzlies 29, Steelheads 21
PP: Grizzlies 1-for-4, Steelheads 0-for-2

The Steelheads fell to the Grizzlies 5-1 from CenturyLink Arena. Steelheads forward Tony Calderone (2:59 1st) opened the scoring with a deflection in front of the net to take a 1-0 lead. However, the Grizzlies scored two goals before the end of the first period to take a 2-1 lead then added three more goals through the rest of the game to seal the 5-1 win. Ryan Faragher (3-3-1) halted 24 of 29 shots in the loss.

Saturday, December 22 vs. Utah Grizzlies: 7-3 W
Shots: Grizzlies 36, Steelheads 21
PP: Grizzlies 2-for-8, Steelheads 2-for-5

The Steelheads finished the home stand strong with a 6-3 win over the Grizzlies from CenturyLink Arena. Steelheads forwards Kyle Schempp (3:03 1st) and Tony Calderone (5:06 1st; PP, 7:53 1st) quickly help jump the home side to a 3-0 lead before the Grizzlies added three goals of their own stretching into the second period. The Steelheads pressed back starting with a goal from forward Robbie Payne (SH, 13:22 2nd) to take back the lead, 4-3. Steelheads forwards Brad McClure (PP, 17:14 2nd), Kale Kessy (4:09 3rd) and Alex Dahl (8:36 3rd) helped spread the lead and secure the 7-3 win. Tomas Sholl (9-4-0) saved 33 of 36 shots in the win.


Friday, December 28 @ Rapid City Rush – 7:05 p.m. MT
Saturday, December 29 @ Rapid City Rush – 7:05 p.m. MT
Monday, December 31 @ Rapid City Rush – 7:05 p.m. MT

The Steelheads play their first road game since November 24 in a return to Rushmore Plaza Civic Center to play a three-game weekend against the Rapid City Rush to close the 2018 calendar year. The Steelheads have won four of their six meetings with the Rush with points in five of six, boasting a 4-1-1 record with two shutout wins in their last trip to Rapid City, S.D. The set of games will stretch the series past the midway point of their 17-game schedule. The Steelheads have won 15 of 19 games against the Rush in the last two seasons, owning a 30-11-3 record in the franchise series.

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