BOISE, Idaho – This first round match up between the sixth seed Colorado Eagles and the third seed Idaho Steeleheads has all the indications of an exciting and entertaining best of seven series.
Both teams shoot the puck alot and are excellent penalty killers as evidenced by the thirty eight shots on goal for the Eagles and twenty seven from the Steeleheads to go with no powerplay goals for either team.
Colorado had the best of the play in the first period out shooting the home team 17 to 8 and scoring the only goal when Colin Bowman connected with Trent Daavettila who sent the puck past Idaho goalie Josh Robinson at 17:19.
Each team was credited with a goal in period two although Idaho’s goal was a gift from Colorado’s defensive corps when a clearing pass from Aaron Schneekloth deflected off the skate of Bowman much to the surprise of Eagles rookie goalie Adam Brown to tie the game at 7:32.
Defenseman Jake Marto put the Eagles up 2 to 1 at 14:14 of the middle frame with assists from Arthur Bidwill and Greg Gardiner.
Early in the third period another unusual score was tallied against the Eagles when Brown missed a seemingly routine glove save on Justin Taylor’s shot from just inside the red line.
Kyle Ostrow gave the Eagles a 3 to 2 lead with a put back of his own shot at 11:39 but the Steeleheads answered at 15:40 as David de Kastrozza jammed the puck just inside the left post for the game tying goal.
With no more scoring in the third period the game went to what turned out to be a very short overtime session. Idaho’s Tyler Gron scored 26 seconds into the overtime period to win game one for the Steeleheads.
Game two of the series will be played Thursday, April 5 at 7:10 p.m. MDT at Century Link Arena in Boise, Idaho.
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