The Bulls come up short as a late goal is not enough to overcome a three goal second period by the Steelheads. In his first game as captain Scott Langdon gave the Bulls an early lead with his goal in the first, but the Steelheads would answer with three straight goals in the second period. Jordan Morrison would give the Bulls life with a late power play goal to pull within one, but they ultimately could not find that elusive third goal. Idaho’s Tyler Beskorowany was outstanding as he held the Bulls to two goals on 37 shots. Tristan King led all scorers with two points as he had a goal and an assist in the second.
The Bulls finally got the quick start they were looking for as they performed well in a period filled with chippy play. The Bulls jumped out to a quick lead as they scored the opening goal inside of five minutes. Newly appointed captain Scott Langdon picked up the goal as he deflected the puck past Tyler Beskorowany for his second goal of the season. Cody Carlson and Johnathan Lessard picked up the helpers on Langdon’s goal. The second half of play would see the Bulls and Steelheads get into a couple of tussles as just following the goal Hans Benson would face off with Scott Todd and about midway through Lessard would drop gloves with Sam Carrick. Taylor Nelson would be the star of the period as he faced a myriad of shots, but he stood his ground stopping all 16 shots he faced in the period. Alex Tuckerman would give the Steelheads the first power play of the game as he took a penalty in the final minute of play. The Steelheads out shot the Bulls 16 to nine.
The Bulls would watch the wheels come off in the second period as the Steelheads dominated the second at the drop of the puck. It would take just 25 seconds for the Steelheads to score on the remaining time of the Tuckerman penalty from the previous period. Brett Robinson would net the game tying goal with his third of the season. The Steelheads would take the lead midway through the period following a Bulls minor penalty as Sam Carrick scored his 15th of the season. The Steelheads were not done yet as they extended their lead to two with Tristan King’s 18th goal of the season. The Steelheads out shot the Bulls 13 to eight.
The Bulls came out buzzing as they tried to bounce back from that awful previous period as they trailed by two. They would get an early opportunity as Ian Watters was called for holding. The Bulls would not score, but used the power play to gain some offensive momentum as they increased the pressure. They would get another power play opportunity as David Towes would get called for closing his hand on the puck. Jordan Morrison would capitalize on the man advantage as he would pull the Bulls to within one as he scored his 14th of the season. Christian Ouellet and Sebastian Trudeau would combine for the assists. The Bulls would pull Nelson to get an extra attacker as they tried to force overtime, but they just could not find the back of net as they come up short. The Bulls out shot the Steelheads 20 to four in the period and 37 to 33 on the game.
The Bulls played a pretty good game, but a bad second period would see them fall short. Goalie Taylor Nelson had a solid game as he stopped 30 of 33 shots and he kept his team in the game with an impressive 16 save period in the first. He would be out done by his counterpart as Tyler Beskorowany would stop 35 of 37. Scott Langdon gave the Bulls the early lead after being giving the captain’s “C” today. Six different Bulls had points tonight. The Bulls are now 1-2 against Idaho on the year. The Bulls fall to 18-25-7, while Idaho improves to 32-13-5. These two teams go back at it tomorrow at 6:16 pm in Boise.
- Tristan King – Idaho
- Sam Carrick – Idaho
- Tyler Beskorowany – Idaho