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'He is the motor of our team': Dahl lacking size, not heart

At 5-feet-9 inches tall, Jefferson Dahl is one of the shortest Steelheads, but leads the team in goals (15).

Jefferson Dahl must know something about leverage.

Using something to its maximum advantage.

"I just try to make the best of what I'm given and just try to do my best," said Dahl, a forward for the Idaho Steelheads.

Dahl has found success on Idaho's power play. His nine goals on the man-advantage lead the ECHL as of Wednesday.

But Dahl is also leveraging his size. At 5-feet-9 inches tall, he's is listed with teammate Tommy Fallen as the shortest players on the roster.

"I take pride in outworking the bigger guys," Dahl said. "As a smaller guy I have to work on being in better position."

Dahl's 15 goals lead the Steelheads. He also has 11 assists through 37 games.

"He's everything we want," head coach Neil Graham said. "He works hard. He is the motor of our team. Size is a statistic for the newspaper. He plays big."

Over time, Dahl has been able to level the playing field, or in this instance the ice.

"Stuff happens so quickly out there that it's just read and reacting," Dahl said. "You definitely can notice it when you have a taller guy in the corner with a longer stick."

And when the opponent commits a penalty, it's Dahl's time to stand out.

"When you see their team going off, it's definitely nice," Dahl said. "It's a mindset."

Idaho (16-16-4-1) hosts Tulsa (16-11-2-2) on Friday and Saturday. Face off is set for 7:10 p.m. from CenturyLink Arena on both nights.

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