BOISE -- Andrew Carroll scored the game-tying goal in regulation, and then sneaked in the game-winning goal early in overtime to give the Idaho Steelheads a 3-2 win over the Colorado Eagles. The victory advanced the Steelheads to the Western Conference semifinals, as Idaho won the best-of-seven opening series four games to two.
Colorado struck first in the contest, coming out quickly and taking a 1-0 lead just under a minute into the game on a Brock Nixon goal. But Idaho countered in the second period when Austin Smith came away with a loose puck at center ice, and beat goaltender Kyle Jones with a backhanded shot. Colorado took the momentum into the second intermission, though, when Trent Daavatilla found a loose puck in front of the net and poked a shot past Steelheads goalie Tyler Beskorowany.
Trailing 2-1 in the third period, the Steelheads turned up the offensive pressure with the clock winding down. Matt Case nearly tied the game with a hard shot from the high slot, but the attempt rang off the post. Idaho got a fantastic opportunity when Colorado was called for a slashing penalty, putting the Steelheads on the power play with just over three minutes to play. Just 28 seconds later, Andrew Carroll redirected a Case shot, and scored the game-tying goal. The game remained tied, and went to overtime.
Idaho came out with a frenzied pace in the extra period, and kept the puck in the Colorado zone for most of the first minute. Just 1:43 into overtime, Tyler Gron took the puck in front of the net and Carroll jabbed home the game-winner.
Beskorowany stopped 24-of-26 shots in the victory, picking up his third win in the postseason.
The Steelheads advance in the Kelly Cup Playoffs to face the Ontario Reign in the semifinals beginning on Friday, April 19, in Ontario.