Last night, the Bulls dropped game one of their six game road trip as the Steelheads dominated all game. A pair of Idaho goals each in the first two period would lead to the four to zero score line. Ben Ondrus and Josh Robinson were the heroes for the Idaho Steelheads. Ondrus led all scorers with three points as he had a goal and two assists. Robinson was magnificent as he posted the 26 save shut out with the Bulls unable to get anything past him all night. The Bulls allowed two power play goals on four chances as the penalty kill struggled. The Steelheads are now 3-2 against the Bulls on the year.
The Bulls would find themselves in that familiar early hole that they tend to dig themselves into. The Bulls would get an early chance as they Steelheads took a penalty inside of the first two minutes, but goalie Josh Robinson stood large as he kept the game scoreless as the Steelheads killed off the penalty. Disaster would strike for the Bulls midway through the period as rookie Brad Ross found himself on a breakaway that led to the first goal of the game and Ross’s first goal of the season. Dylan King would take a penalty late in the period. The Bulls penalty kill would be victimized on its first chance as Patrick Cullity would beat Heemskerk for his third goal of the season. The Steelheads out shot the Bulls 14 to seven.
The Bulls had an awful second period as they played completely undisciplined as they Steelheads three power play chances in the period. The power play chances allowed the Steelheads to just dominate the offensive zone and put new goalie Taylor Nelson under fire. New Bull Bryan Cameron would take a penalty at 4:33 in the second leading to the first power play of the frame. The Steelheads again will capitalize on the man advantage as Ben Ondrus would find the back of the net for his fifth goal of the season. The Steelheads would extend their lead even further just two minutes later as Tyler Gron would beat Nelson for his 11th on the season. The Bulls would take two more penalties before the period would end but the penalty kill finally found its footing as they killed off both attempts. The Steelheads out shot the Bulls 21 to five.
The Bulls would finally get some offensive pressure as the Steelheads would give them a couple power play chances late in the game. It was all too little, too late as Josh Robinson continued to be stellar between the pipes as he turned away every shot the Bulls offense threw at him to preserve the shut out. The Bulls out shot the Steelheads 14 to four, but the Steelheads out shot the Bulls 39 to 26 on the night.
The Bulls struggled on in all phases of the game tonight as they came of four day layoff. The offense never really got any sustained pressure as they only had 12 shots through the first two periods. A lot of that was due to the amount of penalties they took. The third period saw them pour on 14 shots as they got two later power play chances. Thomas Heemskerk was pulled after allowing two goals on 14 shots in the first period. Taylor Nelson came in at the start of the second period in which he was under fire all period as he allowed two goals on 21 shots in the second, but he stopped all four shots in the third. The Bulls fall to 19-28-7, while the Steelheads improve to 35-15-5. These two teams meet again later tonight at 6:10 pm in Boise.
- Ben Ondrus – Idaho
- Josh Robinson – Idaho
- Brad Ross – Idaho