Idaho Junior Steelheads win first game of National Tournament
Friday, April 5, 2013 - Submitted by Dick Dorfman
The Idaho Junior Steelheads, WSHL league champion, eked out a 4-3 victory over Tennyson Chevrolet (Brownstown, Michigan) of the Midwest Junior Hockey League Friday night in the opening round-robin game for each team in the United Hockey Union National Championship tournament in Las Vegas.
Center Dominic Gabaj (Bratislava, Slovakia) scored a power play goal for the Junior Steelheads 7:53 into the third period for the game winner. Jesse Collins (Spokane, WA) and Shamus O’Neill (Frisco, CO) assisted on the goal, the only one of the period.
O’Neill scored the game’s first goal 5:30 into the first period, with Collins and Josh Haverstrom (Colorado Springs, CO) assisting.
Tennyson tied the game on a Ryan Krolikowski (Dearborn Heights, MI) goal before the end of the period.
Each team scored two goals in the second period -- Filip Kasaly (Pehlrimov, CR) and O’Neill again for the Junior Steelheads, and Ken Winter (Warren, MI) and Jeffrey Kuhary (Westland, MI) for the Chevrolet.
For the winning Junior Steelheads, Collins had three assists altogether. Jon Blasko (Trencin, Slovakia) , Dallas Crum (Boise, ID), and Tyler Kruenegel (Manteca, CA) also added single assists.
Goaltender Dan Selby (Godfrey, IL) earned the win for the Junior Steelheads, making 28 saves.
Netminder Chris Lewis (also Westland, MI) of the Tennyson team faced 44 shots from Idaho in the loss, making 40 saves.
Tennyson Chevrolet turns around to play the first game on Saturday morning (10:10 AM PDT), against the Syracuse Stampede of the Northern States Hockey League.
The Junior Steelheads will play the Lake George Fighting Spirit of the NSHL at 1:20 PM.
The Bay Area Seals, runner up to Idaho in the WSHL, play the Hartland Hounds, top team from the Midwest League, at 4:40 PM. The Seals lost a shootout game to Lake George on Friday morning to start the tournament.