LOVELAND, Colo. – In game three of the Western Conference Quarter Finals between the Colorado Eagles and the Idaho Steelheads, the wide open style of play from the first two games was replaced by tighter defense and the result was fewer quality scoring chances and a much lower scoring game.
“We didn’t get the quality shots on net that we were looking for tonight,” said Coach Chris Stewart, ” That’s what we gotta do – we gotta get the quality shots on net.”
In the first period, the Steelheads out shot Colorado nine to six and killed three minor penalties while the Eagles penalty kill went two for two on their minor penalties. Neither team was able to score in the first twenty minutes of play.
Penalty trouble in the second frame led to the only goal of the game as Idaho’s Adrian Foster scored on a five on three power play with Colin Bowman in the penalty box for interference – Jason Beatty caught a bad break when his pass flew over the glass for a delay of game penalty on the Eagles. Despite having to kill off four minor penalties to two for Idaho, Colorado recorded nine shots on goal to seven for the Steelheads in the middle period.
“It’s the bounces, you know, it always seems to come down to the bounces in the playoffs”, said Coach Stewart, ” A puck bounces it leaves the ice and all of a sudden it’s a five on three and they get a wide side shot and again it’s just a bad bounce on our side.”
The final period was a wild scramble with Colorado seeking the equalizer and Idaho gunning to increase their one goal lead. The visitors threw twelve shots on net to five for the home team but no more goals were scored with the final score remaining a 1 to 0 shutout for Idaho goalie, Tyler Beskorowany.
” We have to do a better job on the penalty kill. We gave them a five on three and we were killing it and the got one shot off and they ended up burying it”. said Eagles forward, Kevin Ulanski, “That was the difference in tonight’s game. It was a lot tighter than the last two games in Idaho. It was a good battle by us – I thought we played hard.”
Eagles goalie Adam Brown rebounded nicely after having been pulled from game two in Boise on Thursday. He stopped 27 of 28 shots in the loss. Idaho started Beskorowany in goal who ended the night stopping 20 of 20 for the win.
Looking ahead to tomorrow’s rematch Coach Stewart said, ” We’ve got to find a way to be a little bit more creative, we’ve got to find a way to find that second and third shot – that’s the important side – if we get a second and third shot, that’s how we are going to score.”
The next game between these two teams is Sunday April, 7, 2013 at the Budweiser Events Center starting at 7:05.
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