LOVELAND, Colo. – After falling behind 4 to 1 in game four of the Western Conference Quarter Finals the Eagles battled back to within one goal of the Steelheads. Although Colorado devoted the entire third period to scoring the even up goal the outcome was a win for Idaho who tied the series at 2 games a piece.
In the first period Eagles goalie, Dustin Butler surrendered goals to William Rapuzzi at 3:45 and late in the period to Rob Linsmayer shorthanded at 14:51. However Colorado defenseman Jason Beatty got that goal back, on the same Eagles power play, a mere twelve seconds later.
Leading 2 to 1 going into the middle frame the Steelheads added two more goals, the first at 2:56 from Gaelen Patterson and the second scored at 7:16 by Brock Montgomery, which sent Butler to the Eagles bench. Little used back up, Eric Williams, took over between the pipes.
Colorado hit the comeback trail with an unassisted goal on
an end to end rush from Alex Hudson to cut the lead in half at 12:59. Less than five minutes later Kyle Ostrow cutting across the front of the net slid a rebound from Trent Daavettila past Pat Nagle to bring the Eagles to within one goal.
Colorado coach, Chris Stewart, had this to say about the Eagles goalie concerns moving forward;
“It will be a game time decision, I am not sure how Chevy is going to be tomorrow,” said Stewart, ” I thought the young kid went in there and played great, I was really happy with that, I thought he played outstanding but you can’t take anything away from how Butler has played in the series either.”
Period three was an all out effort for both teams, the Eagles looking to even thescore and the Steelheads looking to prevent that goal from happening. Although the shots tallied for the final twenty minutes of action, six for the Eagles and seven for Idaho, don’t accurately describe the hard work on the ice. Yet the score to start the the third period was the same as the final score. Idaho prevailed in game 4 and now the series becomes the best two out of three when play resumes tomorrow night at 7:05 MDT at the Budweiser Event Center.
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