BOISE - Coming off back-to-back road wins over Las Vegas on the road last week, the Idaho Steelheads could not keep the moment going at home on Wednesday, falling to the last-place Stockton Thunder 3-2 at CenturyLink Arena.
Stockton scored the only goal of the first two periods as Max Campbell finished Gabriel Levesque's centering pass from behind the Idaho net at the 4:04 mark of the first period.
Idaho was able to pull even at the 6:37 mark of the 3rd period when Chad Nehring tucked his 16th goal of the season past Stockton goaltender Olivier Roy.
Moments later, Idaho appeared to take the lead on a two-on-one rush when Jacob Cepis lifted the puck over the leg pad of Roy. Idaho celebrated an apparent goal, but referee Andy Thackaberry signaled nothing before blowing the play dead to confer with off-ice officials as well as his linesmen. Television replays appeared inconclusive. After a lengthy conversation, Thackaberry waved off the goal and the game remained tied at one.
Then, Matt Reber's snap shot from the left-hand circle at the 17:03 mark of the third period proved to be the game-winner for Stockton (34-31-5, 73 points), an outcome that assured Idaho (29-32-9, 67 points) can finish no higher than 6th in the ECHL's Western Conference.
Idaho wraps up the regular season on Friday and Saturday with two more home games against Stockton.
NOTE: For the 37th time in 70 games, the Idaho Steelheads were involved in a one-goal decision ... Steelies goaltender Jerry Kuhn - who leads the ECHL in saves - turned away 34 shots on the night.