Robinson gets Game 1 start for Idaho Steelheads on Friday night

Posted by Brian Murphy on April 18, 2014 

Idaho goaltender Josh Robinson played in 23 games for the Steelheads during the regular season. He also played in 15 for the Texas Stars of the AHL as he made frequent trips back and forth. “You never know where you’re going to be the next day. It’s a lot of traveling. It gets tiring. You have to take care of yourself,” Robinson said. “Whenever coach says you’re playing, whether it’s up there or down here, you have to be ready.”

DARIN OSWALD — Idaho Statesman file

— Josh Robinson is getting the start in goal for the Idaho Steelheads in Friday's playoff opener against Colorado at CenturyLink Arena. The puck drops at 7:10 p.m.

Robinson started the Steelheads' final nine games of the postseason last year. Idaho was eliminated in the Kelly Cup Western Conference finals by Stockton.

The 24-year-old Robinson went 13-7-1 with a 2.58 goals against average in 23 games with Idaho in the regular season. He went 6-6-1 with a 2.58 goals against average in 15 games with the Texas Stars of the AHL.

"It's just another game. We've played 72 regular-season games here. It's basically Game 73. Now you have to focus on one team for seven games," Robinson said. "You can't prepare any different. You've been doing this for so long, you have to be ready to go. Just take one shot at a time and one game at a time."

Pat Nagle, who won a team-high 23 games for Idaho, will be the No. 2 goalie. Nagle went 23-14-4 with a 2.73 goals against average in 43 games for Idaho.

"It's really good to have two strong goalies who have played a lot this year," forward William Rapuzzi said. "They've both done very well for us throughout the whole year. Consistent goaltending is a very big key in the playoffs."

Idaho went 5-0 against Colorado at CenturyLink Arena and 7-2 against the Eagles this season.

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