BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Steelheads swept the Toledo Walleye (23-10-3-1) in their home series over the weekend, now winning seven out of their last ten games.
Idaho rebounded from a 3-1 road loss to the Tulsa Oilers on Jan. 6 with a 4-2 win against Toledo on home ice on Wednesday to start their six-game homestand.
The win was fueled by two goals by Steve McParland, with his second goal breaking a 2-2 tie in the first minute of the third period that helped Idaho take the lead.
On Friday night, the game would end in a shootout 4-3 win for the Steelheads in front of a soldout arena, the fifth soldout crowd of the season.
After trailing 1-0 in the first period, Idaho would score three-straight unanswered goals to take a 3-1 lead in the second period. Toledo would answer back with a scoring powerplay in the waning seconds of the second to bring it back to 3-2.
Toledo scored another goal in the first five minutes of the third to tie the game. The tie would hold on through the rest of the period and through the extra period.
In the shootout, Idaho responded quickly with a goal in the first round of the shootout. Toledo would notch one of their own in the fifth round before forward McParland sealed the victory with a goal of his own.
To end the series, the Steelheads beat Toledo 5-3 in front of another soldout crowd on Saturday night.
Idaho opened the game up with a score when forward Robbie Payne deflected a shot for a goal to take a 1-0 lead. Toledo would match the score 30 seconds later to tie the game.
Toledo took a 2-1 lead five about halfway through the first. Idaho responded with a goal by forward Reid Petryk when he slipped by the defense to knock in a backhand shot.
Steelheads defenseman Nolan Gluchowski scored quickly in the second period, giving Idaho a 3-2 lead.
The Walleyes would tie the game back up with a score halfway through the second period. The lead didn't last long after Idaho responded with a powerplay goal by defenseman Ondrej Vala with about five minutes left in the period that would put the Steelheads up 4-3.
Idaho would extend their lead with an empty-net goal with less than 90 seconds left to seal the victory at 5-3.
Idaho has now won eight of their last ten, and have reclaimed the lead in the Mountain Division.
In the Western Conference, Idaho currently sits at third, behind Toledo by one point and conference leader, Cincinnati Cyclones by five points.
The Florida Everblades still leads the ECHL, ahead of fifth-placed Idaho by eight points.
The Idaho Steelheads resume their six-game homestand on Jan. 16 against the Allen Americans.