RoadRunners Lose ECHL Finale 8-2 To Idaho
BOISE, Idaho - Four players recorded multiple point games led by three goals and two assists from Bryan McGregor and a career-high five assists from Brandon Svendsen as the Idaho Steelheads defeated the Phoenix RoadRunners 8-2 before 4,372 at Qwest Arena in the 2008-09 ECHL regular season finale Saturday.
The Steelheads (44-24-4) jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead in the opening four minutes with a pair of goals 57 seconds apart. Dan Welch opened the scoring with a power play goal at 2:21 banging home McGregor's rebound past RoadRunners' goalie Kyle Jones along the ice for a 1-0 lead. McGregor extended the Idaho lead to two just seconds later when he snapped a shot from the right-wing circle over the glove of Jones and into the back of the net at 3:18.
The Steelheads blew the game open with a four-goal second period. McGregor netted his second of the game scoring on the power play just 38 seconds into the period to give Idaho a 3-0 lead. Less than three minutes later, Brent Shepheard scored his 10th goal of the season at 3:03 of the period to increase the Steelheads lead to four goals and chase Jones from the game. Phoenix (30-37-5) finally got on the scoreboard at 4:19 with a power play goal as James McEwan re-directed Matt Burke's shot from the right point through the pads of Idaho goalie Rejean Beauchemin and into the net to cut the deficit to 4-1. But the Steelheads would get an even-strength goal from Luke Gazdic at 13:03 and a power play goal from Kory Scoran at 16:29 to build their lead back to five at 6-1. Phoenix's P.J. Corsi tacked one on before the period's end at 19:13 to make it a 6-2 game after two periods.
McGregor completed his second hat-trick in his last three games at 10:17 of the third period and Nick Sirota scored his first professional goal at 16:58 of the third to complete the scoring for Idaho.
Idaho out-shot Phoenix 45-23. Jones stopped 11 shots as he suffered the loss to finish the year with a record of 9-16-2. The RoadRunners went 1-5 on the power play while Idaho was 3-5 with the man-advantage.
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