CINCINNATI – The Idaho Steelheads bounced back Tuesday from back-to-back home losses to
start the Kelly Cup Finals with a 4-3 double-overtime win here. Evan Barlow’s second goal of the game gave the Steelheads the win. Idaho now trails the best-of-seven series 2-1 with game four scheduled for Thursday.
The Steelheads scored
twice in the first period to take a 2-0 lead. Idaho’s first goal came when John Swanson and Mark McCutcheon cruised in
on a two-on-one, and Swanson snapped a puck upstairs on Cyclones’ goalie
Robert Mayer. McCutcheon
and Weston Tardy gathered assists on Swanson’s seventh of the playoffs
At 18:04, Barlow scored his first goal of the game when he took a pass in front of the net
and fired it home to give Idaho a 2-0 lead. Idaho’s Dustin Friesen and Kevin
DeVergilio assisted on Barlow’s seventh of the playoffs.
Steelheads increased their lead to 3-0 at 5:19 of the second period, when Friesen
fired a wrist shot from the point through traffic that beat Mayer. Brett Robinson scored Cincinnati’s first goal, as the Cyclones solved Rejean Beauchemin after a failed Idaho clearing
attempt resulted in a one-timer that beat him from the right
circle. At 7:07 of the third period, Jimmy
Kilpatrick poked a puck home for Cincinnati during a scrum in front of
the Idaho net to cut the Steelheads’ lead to 3-2.
DeVergilio in the penalty box serving a high-sticking penalty with under
four minutes remaining in the third, Mark Van Guilder tied the game for
the Cyclones to force overtime with the game tied at 3-3.
the first overtime, Beauchemin turned away 16 shots, while Mayer
was perfect for Cincinnati, stopping all five Idaho shots.
Steelheads needed just 48 seconds to finish the game in the second
overtime, when Barlow received a pass at the bottom of the right
circle and fired the puck into a largely vacated goal. The goal was Barlow’s second of the game and
eighth of the playoffs, and was assisted by DeVergilio and Mark
Beauchemin stopped 35 of 38 shots in the game for
Idaho, while Mayer stopped 30 of 34 shots for the Cyclones.