Stockton pushes Idaho to the brink of elimination

For the third straight time in the series, one goal is the difference in the win.

STATESMAN STAFFMay 11, 2013 

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Stockton's Eric Hunter fights for the puck with Idaho's Gord Baldwin during Game 4 of the ECHL Western Conference Finals on Friday at the Stockton Arena in Stockton, Calif.

CLIFFORD OTO — The Record

  • SERIES SCHEDULE

    No. 3 Idaho vs. No. 4 Stockton

    May 3: Stockton 3, Idaho 1

    May 5: Stockton 4, Idaho 3 (OT)

    May 8: Idaho 2, Stockton 1 (OT)

    Friday: Stockton 3, Idaho 2

    Saturday: Idaho at Stockton, 8:30 p.m.

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

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

    x-if necessary

The Idaho Steelheads can't afford another loss in the ECHL Western Conference Finals.

And the Stockton Thunder need to win one more game to move on to the Kelly Cup Finals.

Forward Maxime Boisclair scored a goal with a little more than 3 minutes remaining in regulation to lift the Thunder to a 3-2 win over the Steelheads on Friday night in California.

Prior to the late score, the game looked like it would go to overtime. It would have been the third straight overtime game of the series.

Instead, Stockton got the late score and took a 3-1 series lead in the best-of-7 series.

Idaho got a penalty shot with 1.4 seconds remaining, but Stockton goalie Olivier Roy turned away Tyler Gron's attempt.

The next game of the series is Saturday night. If the Steelheads can get a win in Game 5, they will send the series back to Idaho. Game 6 would be played at 7:10 p.m. Monday at CenturyLink Arena.

Forward Brett Robinson put the Steelheads on the scoreboard first with a goal 47 seconds into the second period. Idaho didn't get to enjoy that lead for long, however, as Harrison Reed scored for Stockton less than 30 seconds later.

The scoring was back-to-back again in the third period, as Stockton's Garet Hunt scored 2 minutes, 59 seconds into the final frame. Idaho answered quickly, as Robinson scored his second goal of the game 14 seconds later.

Idaho goalie Josh Robinson took the loss after stopping 32-of-35 shots. Roy stopped 27-of-29 shots to earn his league-leading 11th win of the playoffs.

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