Idaho Steelheads hope every third season remains a winning charm

Statesman staffMay 2, 2013 

Steelheads forward David de Kastrozza came up big in Tuesday's series-clinching win at Ontario. He scored the Steelheads' first goal and added an assist in the 5-3 victory.

OTTO KITSINGER — For the Idaho Statesman

  • WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

    No. 3 Idaho vs. No. 4 Stockton

    Friday: Stockton at Idaho, 7:10 p.m.

    Sunday: Stockton at Idaho, 5:10 p.m.

    May 8: Idaho at Stockton, 8 p.m.

    May 10: Idaho at Stockton, 8:30 p.m.

    x-May 11: Idaho at Stockton, 8:30 p.m.

    x-May 13: Stockton at Idaho, 7:10 p.m.

    x-May 14: Stockton at Idaho, 7:10 p.m.

    x-if necessary

Will lightning strike again for the Idaho Steelheads? Since 2001, the hockey franchise has made it to the league finals every third year.

• In 2001, Idaho advanced to the WCHL Finals (lost to San Diego).

• In 2004, Idaho won the Kelly Cup in its first season in the ECHL (defeating Florida).

• In 2007, Idaho captured its second Kelly Cup (defeating Dayton).

• In 2010, Idaho went to the Kelly Cup Finals (lost to Cincinnati).

How will 2013 turn out for the Steelheads? That remains to be seen, but Idaho moved one step closer to the Kelly Cup Finals when it eliminated Ontario in an ECHL Western Conference semifinal series Tuesday night.

Idaho, the No. 3 seed in the West, advances to take on Stockton, the No. 4 seed, in the Western Conference Finals. Stockton clinched its semifinal series against the Alaska Aces on Tuesday night.

TICKET INFORMATION

Tickets for Games 1 and 2 are on sale and can be purchased at the CenturyLink box office (331-8497) or by visiting IdahoSteelheads.com.

IDAHO VS. STOCKTON

The two teams faced off five times during the regular season (the Thunder won three). The teams played once in Idaho, a 4-2 Steelheads victory. Idaho and Stockton have faced off twice in the ECHL playoffs. Idaho eliminated Stockton in the 2004 postseason and again in 2010.

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