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Steelheads to face Tulsa in division final; home games next Tuesday-Wednesday for sure

Fish toss after Steelheads’ first goal is a fan-favorite tradition

After the Idaho Steelheads hockey team scores its first goal of the game, one lucky fan gets to toss a frozen steelhead fish onto the ice in celebration. Stephanie Meyet and her sister won a Boise Bucket List giveaway and threw the fish on March 30.
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After the Idaho Steelheads hockey team scores its first goal of the game, one lucky fan gets to toss a frozen steelhead fish onto the ice in celebration. Stephanie Meyet and her sister won a Boise Bucket List giveaway and threw the fish on March 30.

UPDATE: The Steelheads will begin their second-round playoff series Friday at Tulsa. The best-of-7 series moves to Boise for Games 3, 4 and 5 on Tuesday, April 30, Wednesday, May 1, and Friday, May 3, if necessary.

Tulsa, which finished first in the Mountain Division, won the final two games of its series with Kansas City, including a 6-2 victory in Game 7 on Wednesday night.

The Idaho Steelheads closed out their Mountain Division Semifinal series against the Utah Grizzlies with a 2-1 overtime victory Saturday in West Valley City, Utah.

It was the fourth straight overtime game of the series, which ties an ECHL record for most overtime games in a series.

Now the Steelheads will enjoy a bit of rest as they await their second-round playoff opponent. Idaho will face the winner of the other Mountain Division Semifinal between the Tulsa Oilers and Kansas City Mavericks. The Mavericks own a 3-2 lead and can clinch the series with a victory Tuesday in Tulsa, Oklahoma. If Tulsa wins Tuesday, the teams would play a decisive Game 7 on Wednesday.

Regardless of opponent, Idaho will open the best-of-7 Mountain Division Final on Friday. The Steelheads would have home-ice advantage against Kansas City, but not against Tulsa. The Oilers were the Mountain Division regular-season champions.

The Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the NHL’s Dallas Stars.

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