BOISE -- The Idaho Steelheads are one loss from ending their season after falling 3-1 to the Alaska Aces, Wednesday night.
Idaho is down three games to none in the best of seven series and if they aren't victorious on Friday the Aces will move on to the Western Conference finals while the Steelies go home for the summer.
Alaska did most of their damage on Wednesday night in the first period. Midway through the period they beat Jerry Kuhn on a rebound, and about five minutes later Alaska had a four on three advantage and scored off another Kuhn rebound to take a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The game was at a stalemate for the second period with niether team really getting a quality chance on net.
In the third Idaho came out with some fire and Mark Derlago scored his second goal of the series about five and a half minutes into the third period to make it a 2-1 game.
The score would remain that way until very late in the game.
With a little over a minute to go Idaho was hit with a too many men on the ice penalty resulting in a power play for the Aces.
Mere moments into the power play Alaska beat Kuhn for one final score to make it a 3-1 game.
Game four of the series is on Friday night at Qwest Arena. The puck is set to drop at just after 7 p.m. and if the Steelies are able to win they'll force a fifth game on Saturday.