BOISE, ID – February 24, 2023 – Michael DiPietro turned in a solid performance in net, but the Mariners failed to solve Steelheads goaltender Adam Scheel in a 2-0 loss on Friday night at Idaho Central Arena.
Former Mariner Wade Murphy opened the scoring early on, when he picked up a loose puck off a blocked shot and beat Michael DiPietro at 2:33. About midway through the period, Tim Doherty ripped a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle over Scheel, but after review, the goal was curiously disallowed for goaltender interference.
The Steelheads doubled their lead at 16:08 of the 2nd when Matt Register’s shot from the left point glanced off of Justin Misiak and just dribbled over the goal line. Idaho carried a 2-0 lead into the third.
The Steelheads outshot the Mariners 14-7 in a scoreless third and held on for the 2-0 win. Scheel picked up his second shutout of the season with 21 stops, while DiPietro made 34 saves on 36 shots in the losing effort.