Idaho Steelheads eye No. 3 seed as regular season ends Saturday

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comApril 11, 2014 

Idaho’s Austin Fyten fights for the puck with Utah’s David Vallorani during a game at CenturyLink Arena in January. The Steelheads will have to beat the Grizzlies on their home ice this weekend to earn the third seed in the Western Conference playoffs.


The Steelheads swept a two-game series against Colorado last week to secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the ECHL's Western Conference playoffs.

Now they are hoping for another two-game sweep to move up another spot in the playoffs.

Idaho (38-25-7) trails Utah (37-24-8) by .001 percent in the battle for the No. 3 seed. The teams meet Friday and Saturday in Utah in the final regular-season games for each team.

Idaho can secure the third spot by winning both games, or winning one in regulation and losing the other in a shootout or overtime. The Steelheads are the No. 4 seed in any other scenario.

The Steelheads will face Colorado, Bakersfield or Stockton in the first round.

No matter their seed or opponent, the Steelheads open the playoffs April 18-19 at CenturyLink Arena. Tickets ($19 to $37) are on sale at

• The All-ECHL first and second teams were announced Thursday. No Steelheads earned honors. Forward William Rapuzzi was named to the All-Rookie Team on Wednesday.

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