(Boise, ID) – The Idaho Steelheads advance to the second round of the 2012 Key Bank ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs with a best-of-seven series against the Las Vegas Wranglers.
Game One and Two will be at The Orleans Arena on Monday, April 16th and Tuesday, April 17th before shifting to CenturyLink Arena in Boise for games 3, 4 and if necessary game 5. Game times in Vegas are 8:05 PM Mtn start times.
Game 3 will be Thursday, April 19th at 7:10pm and Game 4 is Saturday, April 21st at 7:10pm. Game 5 (if Necessary) will be played Sunday, April 22nd with a 7:10pm start time. Tickets for Thursday and Saturdays games are on sale, with single-game ticket prices beginning at $17 per seat. Here is the game-by-game schedule for the first-round matchup:
Game 1 Monday, April 16: Idaho at Vegas, 8:05 PM (Mtn)
Game 2 Tuesday, April 17: Idaho at Vegas, 8:05 PM (Mtn)
Game 3 Thursday, April 19: Vegas at Idaho, 7:10 PM (Mtn)
Game 4 Saturday, April 21: Vegas at Idaho, 7:10 PM (Mtn)
Game 5 Sunday, April 22: Vegas at Idaho, 7:10 PM (Mtn)
(* - If Necessary)
(Boise, ID) - Joe Fallon made his return to the Las Vegas net a successful one Saturday night, turning aside 25 of 26 Idaho shots as the Wranglers defeated the Steelheads, 4-1, in Game 4 of the ECHL's Western Conference semifinal series.
Las Vegas now leads the series, three games to one, with Game 5 coming Sunday night in Boise. An Idaho victory on Sunday would shift the series back to Las Vegas for Game 6 on Tuesday and, if necessary, Game 7 on Wednesday.
Each team picked up one tally in the opening frame. First, it was Adam Miller's second of the playoffs for Las Vegas as he knocked a loose puck past Jerry Kuhn at 5:49 of the period to give the Wranglers a 1-0 lead. Idaho evened the score at 10:52 on a brilliant effort from forward Joe Pereira, keeping the puck alive in the right-hand corner, battling to the bottom of the circle, and then darting a backhand shot past Fallon for his fourth of the playoffs to tie the game at one. Pereira now has a five-game point streak and a three-game goal streak for Idaho.
The game remained tied at one due to a brilliant glove save on a short-handed breakaway by Las Vegas forward Eric Lampe. He tried to pull to a backhand to beat Kuhn, but Kuhn snared the shot to the delight of the 3,705 fans in attendance.
Fallon returned the favor in the second, twice stoning golden scoring chances for Idaho. First, it was a leg pad at the left-hand post on Pereira. Then it was a quick slide from the post to the top of the crease to deny Ian Lowe at point-blank range after a nice centering pass. In between the two Fallon saves, Las Vegas took the lead when Geoff Paukovich redirected a Chris Francis point shot between Kuhn's legs from the slot at 7:08 of the second.
The Wranglers scored a big insurance goal early in the third when Ash Goldie beat Kuhn glove-side for his second of the playoffs at 1:56, extending the lead to 3-1. Francis added another goal at 13:45 off an offensive zone draw to remove any doubt.
Fallon picked up the win in his first appearance in the Kelly Cup Playoffs after being returned to Las Vegas from Houston of the American Hockey League. Kuhn was solid in net for Idaho, turning aside 45 of the 49 shots he faced. Neither team scored on the power play (Idaho 0-1, Las Vegas 0-2).
The Steelheads look to stay alive Sunday in the fifth game of the best-of-seven series. Puck drops at 7:10 PM at CenturyLink Arena. Tickets for Game 5 are on sale now at the CenturyLink Arena box office or online at www.idahosteelheads.com.
COORS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME - Joe Pereira
AQUA FINA "3 STARS" -
(1) Joe Fallon (LV)
(2) Joe Pereira (ID)
(3) Chris Francis (LV)
Group outings at a Steelheads game are a great way to gather friends, colleagues, or co-workers for a fun night out in downtown Boise. Ticket prices are discounted and you can get a Pepsi, Double-R Ranch Hot Dog, and bag of Tim’s Cascade Chips with each ticket. Contact the Steelheads front office at 208.383.0080 for more information.