A third-period rally by the Idaho Steelheads fell short in a 3-2 loss to the Colorado Eagles on Wednesday night in Boise, and now the Steelheads must rally from a 3-0 series deficit for the second time in the ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs.
Idaho gave up a goal in each period to fall behind 3-0 in Game 3 at CenturyLink Arena before finally coming to life. Steve McParland scored the Steelheads' opener on a power play with 12:58 to go in the game. Cole Ully then made it a one-goal game with 1:40 left after the Steelheads pulled goalie Philippe Desrosiers for an extra attacker. But Idaho was unable to complete the comeback.
The Steelheads also fell behind 3-0 in their first-round series with the Allen Americans before storming back and winning the next four games. That may be a tougher task against the Eagles, the defending Kelly Cup champions.
Game 4 is at 7:10 p.m. Thursday at CenturyLink. If the Steelheads can avoid the sweep, they'll host the Eagles again at 7:10 p.m. Saturday in Game 5. If necessary, Games 6 and 7 would be in Loveland, Colorado.
The Steelheads outshot the Eagles 37-20 in Game 3, and 16-2 in the third period. Michael Joly scored the opening goal for Colorado just 3:22 into the game, and J.C. Beaudin added a pair.
ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs - Colorado Eagles 3, Idaho Steelheads 0
Saturday, April 28: Colorado 1, Idaho 0, OT
Sunday, April 29: Colorado 6, Idaho 2
Wednesday, May 2: Colorado 3, Idaho 2
Thursday, May 3: Colorado at Idaho, 7:10 p.m.
x-Saturday, May 5: Colorado at Idaho, 7:10 p.m.
x-Monday, May 7: Idaho at Colorado, 7:05 p.m.
x-Wednesday, May 9: Idaho at Colorado, 7:05 p.m.