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Off the Hook: Weekly Update #19

Sunday, February 24th
Off the Hook: Weekly Update #19

HOMEWARD BOUND?PLAYOFF BOUND?The Steelheads return to Qwest Arena this week following a three-game series in Victoria where Idaho stole four of a possible six points against the West Division?s first place Salmon Kings. Idaho sits one point behind Victoria in the standings. This week, the Steelheads will host the Bakersfield Condors who currently sit in last place in the National Conference. Idaho can clinch a playoff berth with a sweep over the Condors this series.STEELHEADS AT A GLANCEIdaho Steelheads: 31-17-5-3 (70 pts.), 2nd West; 3rd National Conf., 7th ECHLNATIONAL CONFERENCE, DIVISION STANDINGS as of 2/25/08 WEST GP W L T PTS PCTVictoria Salmon Kings 54 33 16 5 71 0.657Idaho Steelheads 56 31 17 8 70 0.625Utah Grizzlies 56 29 22 5 63 0.562Alaska Aces 52 28 19 5 61 0.587Phoenix RoadRunners 54 18 29 7 43 0.398 PACIFIC GP W L T PTS PCT*Las Vegas Wranglers 55 35 10 10 80 0.727Fresno Falcons 51 29 14 8 66 0.647Stockton Thunder 53 21 29 3 45 0.425Bakersfield Condors 53 16 28 9 41 0.387* = Clinched playoff spotUPCOMING THIS WEEKWed. 2/27 vs Bakersfield Condors @ 7:10 pm MST: The Idaho Steelheads will welcome World Special Oympics athletes on Wednesday with a group of 300 coming to cheer on the Steelheads!Fri. 2/29 vs Bakersfield Condors @ 7:10 pm MST: Boy Scouts of America will invade Qwest Arena as 350 boys will attend the game and stay for a sleepover! It?s sure to be noise in Boise.Sat. 3/1 vs Bakersfield Condors @ 7:10 pm MST: Get to the game early to receive your free Simplot SuperStar Stik featuring Mark Bomersback, first come first serve (season ticket holders are guaranteed all giveaways). In addition, fans will have the chance to win cash prizes in Idaho Central Credit Union?s cash machine, located on the concourse.LAST WEEK?S RESULTS2/18/08 @ UTA: 4-3 W2/20/08 @ VIC: 3-2 W2/22/08 @ VIC: 6-0 L2/23/08 @ VIC: 4-2 WSTEELHEADS BITESTeam:• Steelheads have won 13 of their last 18 road games after starting the season 1-6-2 away from home ? Steelheads have allowed three shorthanded goals in their last two games and eight on the season ? Steelheads are 25-1-1 when they hold their opponent to less than three goalsIndividual: ? Kory Scoran has one goal and three assists in his last four games since returning from the IR ? Mike Sullivan scored the game-winning goal in Wednesday's 3-2 win, giving him five game-winners out of his 11 goals this season ? John Lammers has at least one point in 12 of his last 13 games (14-9a), in addition to his 52 shots in the last eight gamesBOISE ORTHOPEDIC CENTER INJURY REPORT/TRANSACTIONS2/25 Add Kellen Briggs, G returned from Houston (AHL)2/24 Delete Trevor Lunn, G emergency backup goaltender2/24 Delete Alexander Naurov, F transferred to the 7-day IR2/23 Delete Darrell Hay, D placed on the 3-day IR2/22 Add Trevor Lunn, G emergency backup goaltender2/21 Delete Kellen Briggs, G loaned to Houston (AHL)2/19 Add Kory Scoran, D activated off IR, retro 2/16BRIGGS RETURNED FROM THE ?A?Goaltender Kellen Briggs will return to the Idaho Steelheads in time for Wednesday?s game. Briggs had been on loan to the American Hockey League?s Houston Aeros, but did not play in any games. Houston is the AHL affiliate of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League and the Texas Wildcatters of the ECHL. This was the second call up for the 24-year-old rookie netminder. On Jan. 15, 2008, he received a call up from the Rockford IceHogs of the American Hockey League, AHL affiliate to the NHL?s Chicago Blackhawks and ECHL?s Pensacola Ice Pilots. Briggs, 5-11 and 185-pounds, has appeared in 25 games with Idaho this season and compiled a 15-8-1 record, and a 2.22 goals-against average and .927 save percentage with two shutouts. Briggs was named to the All-Star Game National Conference roster played in Stockton in Jan. where he made 10 second period saves (1 GA) to help the National Conference to a 10-7 w in over the American Conference in the 2008 All-Star Game. He was named RBK Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Nov. 19-25 and runner up for Jan. 7-13.Northwest Animal Companions Night ResultsNAC and the Idaho Steelheads would like to thank fans for their generosity. The 100% volunteer non-profit group attended the game on February 13th to hold a fundraiser to help homeless cats and dogs. Over $2,000 was raised that night, more than 700 hundred pounds of pet food was donated and three dogs were adopted! Once again, Steelheads fans showed their support. Thanks to all!PRACTICE SCHEDULEThe Steelheads will practice Tuesday ? Saturday at Qwest Arena from 10-11am. Practice are free and open to the media and public. If media have any specific requests, please arrange through Bonnie Way Snider.BROADCAST INFOListen to all 72 games with ECHL?s Broadcaster of the Year Joe O?Donnell calling the action. Joe is joined in the booth this season by current and former Steelheads players who will provide color commentary. Tune in to ESPN Radio 1350 KTIK the Ticket on games nights as well as Monday though Friday at 6:00 pm for the Bud Light Idaho Steelheads Hockey Show as Joe and co-host Will Hoenike talk all things Steelheads.All home and road games can be watched through a link on the Steelheads website provided by B2 Networks for $6 a game, or buy The Power Play Season Pass season pass to catch every game for $140.TICKET INFOThe Idaho Steelheads offer a variety of ticket plans to fit any schedule or pocket book. Call (208) 383-0080 to find out more. For day of game tickets, visit idahosteelheads.com and use the print at home feature, or call (208) 331-TIXS or visit the box office at Qwest Arena.- www.idahosteelheads.com -

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