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LOVELAND, CO. – Idaho forward Brady Brassart collected a pair of goals and added the game-winner in a shootout, as the Steelheads rallied to defeat the Colorado Eagles 4-3. Eagles forward Drayson Bowman scored a pair of goals in the loss, while Colorado goaltender Lukas Hafner stopped 37 of the 40 shots he faced in the contest.
Colorado jumped out to a lead late in the first period when forward Joey Ratelle buried a one-timer from the left circle with just 2:22 remaining in the opening frame to put the Eagles on top 1-0. Colorado would be held 0-for-4 on the power play in the game’s first period, while Idaho would fail to convert on both of their two chances on the man-advantage.
The Eagles would stretch their lead 6:28 into the second period when Bowman beat Idaho goalie Ryan Faragher with a wrister from the left circle to give the home team a 2-0 advantage.
The Steelheads would scratch back less than four minutes later, as forward Will Merchant snagged a rebound between the circles and fed a backhander into the net to trim Colorado’s edge to 2-1. With Idaho enjoying a 5-on-3 power play, Brassart would bang a puck in the low slot past Hafner to tie the game at 2-2 with 8:08 remaining in the middle frame.
Brassart would strike again with a wrist shot from the bottom of the right circle that would light the lamp and give the Steelheads a 3-2 lead at the 14:40 mark of the second period.
Colorado would earn a power play late in the middle 20 minutes of action and Bowman would capitalize when he unfurled a wrister from the top of the left circle that would get by Faragher and knot the game at 3-3 with 2:35 left to play in the period.
After a scoreless third period and a wild sudden-death overtime that also failed to produce a goal, the two teams headed to a shootout. Faragher would deny all eight shooters he would face, while Hafner shut down seven of the eight attempts from Idaho, before Brassart connected on a wrister from the low-slot to clinch the victory for the Steelheads.
Both teams finished the night going 1-for-5 on the power play, as Idaho outshot the Eagles 41-31 in the contest.
The Eagles conclude their three-game homestand when they host the Idaho Steelheads at the Budweiser Events Center on Saturday, February 10th at 7:05pm MT.