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Steelheads force Game 7 vs. Allen after falling into 3-0 series hole

A.J. White celebrates first playoff goal in Game 6 between the Idaho Steelheads and Allen Americans.
A.J. White celebrates first playoff goal in Game 6 between the Idaho Steelheads and Allen Americans. Creative Expressions Photography

Led by Shane Hanna’s two goals, the Idaho Steelheads beat the Allen Americans 6-3 on Tuesday night at CenturyLink Arena in Boise to even their best-of-seven first-round series in the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs.

It was the Steelheads’ third win in a row after falling into a 3-0 series hole six nights ago in Allen, Texas. Game 7 is at 7:10 p.m. Wednesday at CenturyLink. The winner will advance to face the Colorado Eagles, who finished off the Wichita Thunder on Monday night for a 4-2 series win.

The Steelheads’ margin of victory Tuesday night was a rarity in this tightly contested series. All but one of the other five games were decided by one goal. Allen won Game 3 by two goals, 5-3.

Joe Faust, Cole Ully, Max French and A.J. White also scored for the Steelheads, who traded goals with the Americans in the first period and took a 3-2 lead into the first intermission. French extended the lead on a 5-on-3 power play early in the second period before Hanna’s second goal gave the Steelheads a three-goal cushion.

White’s third-period goal gave Idaho a four-point advantage with 3:37 left before Allen pulled one back 30 seconds later for the final margin.

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