If the Idaho Steelheads are going to win their opening-round ECHL Western Conference playoff series, they will do so on their home ice.
Colorado rolled out to a five-goal lead in Game 5 before defeating Idaho 7-4 on Tuesday night in Loveland, Colo. Idaho still has a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 series as it shifts back to Boise's CenturyLink Arena.
Game 6 will be played at 7:10 p.m. Friday. Game 7, if necessary, would be played Saturday night.
Colorado was facing elimination Tuesday, but the Eagles showed early on that they had no intention of losing the series on their home ice. They jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first period. Idaho coach pulled goalie Tyler Beskorowany in favor of Josh Robinson, but Colorado increased its lead to 5-0 in the second period before forward Austin Fyten got the Steelheads on the scoreboard.
Idaho rallied in the third period to make it 6-4, but Colorado closed out the scoring with an empty-net goal.
The series has been a hard one to figure. After three one-goal games, the Steelheads dominated Game 4, only to be crushed by the Eagles on Tuesday night.