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Steelheads get top goaltender back just in time for season opener at Wichita

Goalie Philippe Desrosiers was reassigned to the Idaho Steelheads just in time for their 2018 opener in Wichita, Kansas.
Goalie Philippe Desrosiers was reassigned to the Idaho Steelheads just in time for their 2018 opener in Wichita, Kansas. Idaho Statesman file

A few hours before their 2018-19 season opener, goaltender Philippe Desrosiers was reassigned to the Idaho Steelheads.

Even with Desrosiers back in goal, the Steelheads fell short in their season opener, losing 3-2 in a shootout against the Wichita Thunder on Friday at Intrust Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas.

Desrosiers, who ranks No. 2 in franchise history with 43 wins, stopped 37 of the 39 shots he faced.

The Thunder got out to a 2-0 lead before Idaho’s Brad McClure and Brad Norrish each found the back of the net to knot the game at 2-2. Neither team scored in the third period or overtime.

Both sides went four rounds in the shootout, but Thunder forward Colin Jacobs scored the winner in the sudden-victory round.

The Steelheads play at the Tulsa Oilers on Saturday. Coverage begins at 5:50 p.m. MT on 1350 AM.

Idaho plays its first home game of the season Friday, Oct. 19, against the Utah Grizzlies. The puck drops at 7:10 p.m. in CenturyLink Arena.

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