ONTARIO, Ca. – In game six of the Western Conference semi finals of the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs, the Idaho Steelheads needed one more win to clinch the best of seven series. That victory was achieved against the Ontario Reign by virtue of a back and forth contest with the Steelheads persevering for a five to three win and a berth in the Conference Finals set to begin this weekend.
Kyle Kraemer started off the scoring for Ontario at 3:36 of the first period when he stuffed the puck into the short side past Idaho goalie, Josh Robinson. Assists on the play went to Kevin Estrada and Brady Calla.
At the 12:18 mark Idaho forward, David de Kastroza, grabbed a loose puck off the faceoff and flipped it past Ontario goalie, Jean-Francois Berube to tie the game. A few minutes later at 14:33 the Reign regained the lead on a rush into the attacking zone by Everett Sheen followed less than a minute after that by Brett Robinson’s slap shot from the high slot that reestablished the tie game before the end of the period.
In the middle frame, Justin Taylor put Idaho ahead three to two on a turn around shot from the bottom of the left circle at 6:06 with assists going to Robinson and de Kastroza.
Austin Feyten assisted by Tyler Gron and Matt Case scored from the left post at 14:36 of the second period to give the Steelheads a four to two lead heading in to the final period of play.
Both teams had numerous chances to increase the scoring in period three but it was not until 13:55 that Ontario’s Jake Hauswirth notched a goal with the help of Cameron Burt and Mathew Clune to bring the home team within one goal.
With Berube on the bench for the extra skater the Reign were looking for the tie, but with less than thirty seconds remaining in the game Robinson tallied his second goal of the contest to seal the victory for Idaho by a score of five to three and win the series four games to two.
Berube faced 19 shots and gave up four goals while the Reign went 0 for 3 on the power
Robinson saw 34 shots with three getting past him as the Steelheads score 1 goal on 3 power play chances.
The Steelheads next opponent will be the Stockton Thunder who defeated the Alaska Aces in four games to two in the other semi-final series tonight.
Steelheads and Thunder will play game one of the Western Conference Finals in Boise, Idaho at the Century Link Arena on Friday May, 3, 2013. Game time is 7:10 p.m. MT