Steelheads defenseman Patrick Cullity, who returned to Idaho just hours before the game from a long stint with the AHL’s St. Johns Ice Caps, scored the first goal of the game. His shot from the top of the left hand circle beat Reign goaltender, Jean-Francois Berube, at 4:37 of the first period.
With Idaho leading one to nothing after the first twenty minutes of play the Steelheads and Reign combined for eight penalties in the second period. Neither team was able to take advantage on the power play and no goals were scored in the middle frame.
At 1:49 of the third period Ontario tied the game when Adrian Van de Mosselaer’s shot from just inside the blue line found it’s way through traffic and into the net behind Idaho goalie Josh Robinson. With less than five minutes to play in regulation Mario Lamoureux forced a turnover in front of the Idaho net and slid the puck past Robinson for the eventual game winner.
In a radio interview after the game Cullity had this to say when asked about trying to hold on to a one goal lead; “You never know In the playoffs – it’s always close games. It is always nice to get an insurance goal, Obviously we were getting shots on net – just wasn’t able to find the back of it and they were able to capitalize on a couple chances they had.”
With the win, the Ontario Reign took back home ice advantage when the series resumes this weekend. Games four and five will be played at the Century Link Arena in Boise on Friday and Saturday nights.