BOISE - The Idaho Steelheads rallied late with two goals in the final seven minutes of Wednesday night's game against Utah to salvage a point in the ECHL's Western Conference standings, but the visiting Grizzlies won the game, 4-3, in a shootout at CenturyLink Arena.
The loss was the sixth in a row for Idaho (23-26-6, 53 points), tying a season-high, and it allowed Utah (23-25-5, 51 points) to inch within two points of the Steelheads for sixth place in the standings. Prior to the losing streak, Idaho was in fifth place and just a couple of points behind fourth place Colorado.
Trailing 2-0, the Steelheads cut their deficit in half when Chad Nehring and Patrick Kennedy teamed up to get the puck to Tommy Lange who tucked home his fourth goal of the season.
After Utah regained their two-goal advantage at the 5:28 mark in the third, Nehring scored off a power play to get within one, before Aaron Lewicki tied it with three minutes to go with his seventh goal in nine games this season with Idaho.
The game would go to overtime and the Steelheads killed off a Utah power play to send it to a shootout. After a pretty David Fredriksson backhander tied the contest up in the fourth round of the shootout, John Armstrong scored in the sixth round and Engelage denied Michael Neal's bid to tie things up, giving Utah the second point with the shootout victory.
The same two teams match up again on Friday and Saturday night at CenturyLink Arena with game-time set for 7:10 p.m. each night.