Steelheads come from behind, take 1-game lead in playoffs

Steelheads come from behind, take 1-game lead in playoffs

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by Ryan Larrondo

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Posted on April 3, 2012 at 11:00 PM

BOISE--  Long-time Steelheads veteran Marty Flichel showed that he still has what it takes to play professional hockey on Tuesday.  Flichel assisted on a game-tying goal in the third period, and then scored the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over the Ontario Reign.  The win gave the Steelheads a 1-0 lead over the Reign in the opening round of the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs. 
Idaho opened the contest with a bang when forward Ron Meyers lit the lamp at the 1:42 mark of the first period.  Meyers gathered a rebound and back-handed the shot past Reign goalie Jean-Francois Berube for the score.  Idaho carried the one-goal lead to the halfway mark of the second period before Kyle Kraemer beat Jerry Kuhn on a wrist shot to tie the game. 
The two teams remained tied going into the third period until Reign center C.J. Stretch scored to go up a goal. 
But the home team rallied, thanks to a Flichel assist to Aaron Lewicki, which tied the game up at two goals apiece.  But, Flichel wasn't done.  With overtime looming, Flichel received a Derek LeBlanc pass and fired a shot over Berube's glove to take the lead with 1:34 remaining.  The score would hold up, giving Idaho a one game lead in the best-of-five series.
Game 2 of the series is scheduled for Wednesday night. 

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