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Idaho Steelheads set first-round home dates for Kelly Cup Playoffs

Coach Neil Graham and the Idaho Steelheads secured their 21st straight playoff berth Friday night at CenturyLink Arena in Boise.
Coach Neil Graham and the Idaho Steelheads secured their 21st straight playoff berth Friday night at CenturyLink Arena in Boise. kgreen@idahostatesman.com

It was an eventful weekend for Idaho’s ECHL minor-league hockey franchise.

The Idaho Steelheads wrapped up their 21st consecutive postseason bid with a victory Friday night, and then clinched home ice advantage with Saturday’s 5-2 win over the Rapid City Rush.

Idaho opens its Mountain Division semifinal series with back-to-back games on Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14. The puck drops each night at 7:10 p.m. at CenturyLink Arena. The Steelheads also would host if-necessary games on April 24-25.

The Steelheads’ first-round opponent for the best-of-seven series in the Kelly Cup Playoffs is still to be determined, as the Wichita Thunder, Allen Americans, Tulsa Oilers and Utah Grizzlies are all jockeying for the division’s final two playoff spots.

Idaho’s 21 consecutive playoff appearances spanning the WCHL and ECHL eras is the longest current streak in professional hockey. The Steelheads close their regular-season home schedule this Friday and Saturday against the Grizzlies.

Rachel Roberts: 208-377-6422, @byrachelroberts

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