BOISE, Idaho – Despite being out shot 43 to 25 the Steelheads, with the help of two timely goals and some stellar goal tending, snatched game one of their Western Conference Quarter Finals match up from the Colorado Eagles.
At 4:02 of the first period David de Kastrozza cashed in on a power play opportunity provided by Colorado defenseman Kevin Young who saw his clearing attempt bound over the glass for a delay of game penalty.
While hanging on to the 1 to 0 lead for the remainder of the first period and the entire second frame – Idaho’s de Kastrozza did contribute two power plays to the Eagles, when he was called for a hooking penalty at 14:51 of the second and a high sticking infraction at 19:59 which carried over to the third period.
After failing to capitalize on the two power play chances, Colorado got on the board at 3:22 of the third period, when Riley Nelson dished off to Kyle Kraemer in the high slot for an even strength goal to tie the game at one each. de Kastrozza struck again for the Steelheads at 17:15, to break the deadlock and Idaho held on for the final 2 minutes and 45 seconds to record the victory in game one.
Both Colorado net minder Dustin Butler, and Idaho keeper Josh Robinson, played excellent in the contest with Butler stopping 23 of 25 shots for the Eagles and Robinson was even more capable in saving 42 of 43 attempts on the Steelhead net.
The second game of the series will be held Saturday April 19 at the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. Game time is 7:10 MST.
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