Idaho Steelheads defeat Alaska in Game 1 in overtime

bmurphy@idahostatesman.comMay 2, 2014 


Idaho goaltender Josh Robinson tied an ECHL record with 83 saves in the Steelheads’ 4OT win over Colorado in Game 6 on Monday. In five postseason appearances, Robinson has a .959 save percentage (third among ECHL postseason leaders) and 1.44 goals-against average (fifth).

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Gaelan Patterson scored six minutes, nine seconds into overtime to give the Idaho Steelheads a 1-0 victory in Game 1 of their ECHL Kelly Cup Western Conference semifinal series against top-seeded Alaska.

It was the second consecutive overtime game in the playoffs for Idaho, which outlasted Colorado 3-2 in four overtimes Monday night. It was the longest game in ECHL history.

This one didn't last quite as long, but the Steelheads' hero was the same. Goalie Josh Robinson, who saved an ECHL record-tying 83 shots in the four-overtime victory, stopped all 47 shots from Alaska on Thursday night. He has not allowed a goal in more than eight periods of action.

Alaska outshot the fourth-seeded Steelheads 47-27 in Game 1.

Patterson's goal was his fourth of the postseason and his fourth in as many games. Patterson, selected by the Calgary Flames in the 7th round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, had 10 goals in 68 regular-season games with Idaho in the regular season.

His goal Thursday night came off a rebound on a shot by defenseman Eamonn McDermott. Brock Montgomery also assisted on the goal.

Game 2 is Friday night in Anchorage, where Alaska posted the league's best record this season. Alaska was 26-10 in the regular season at home and won both of its home games in its quarterfinal series sweep against Las Vegas. Alaska is the only team in the ECHL that plays the larger Olympic-sized ice surface.

The series shifts to Boise for Monday's Game 3 at CenturyLink Arena.

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