Chase Shaber will have a hard time forgetting Friday night. Thanks to Steelheads teammate
Rylan Galiardi, he has a souvenir that will help him remember it.
Shaber, a rookie out of the University of Lethbridge in Canada, scored the game-winning goal for Idaho in a 5-3 victory over the Gwinnett Gladiators on Friday night at CenturyLink Arena.
After the score, Galiardi gathered the puck and brought it to the bench, ensuring Shaber will have a lasting momento.
"It felt great," he said. "First pro goal in my first pro game. That's a great steppingstone for me."
Four other Steelheads scored in the win: Galiardi, Scott Todd, Austin Smith and Justin Taylor (empty-netter). Smith's goal was his team-leading 24th.
Rookie Josh Robinson earned the win after stopping 28-of-31 shots for Idaho (39-16-7).
The Steelheads will face the Gladiators again Saturday night as they close out a rare series against an Eastern Conference foe. It's the first time Idaho has hosted a team from the East during the regular season since 2009.
Shaber wasn't used to playing back-to-back games in college, but he said he'd be looking forward to the opportunity as he begins his pro career.
"I love doing this," Shaber said. "It's what I want to do for the rest of my life, and there's no better place to start than in Boise."