|(Credit: Steve Conner)|
Utah behind a four goal outburst in the third period and another brilliant outing by goaltender Igor Bobkov won tonight’s Game 5 by a score of 5-2 to take a 3-2 series lead with Game 6 set for Monday back in Utah.
Not the worse start for the Idaho Steelheads tonight and really outside of having to kill a couple of penalties and one shift, Idaho had the exact start to the game they needed.
Two penalties early in the game gave Utah some 5-3 power play time plus extended 5-4 time as well, but Steelheads goaltender Chris Rawlings, who was getting his first ECHL playoff start, as well as the penalty killers did their job and help Utah off the board on those chances.
Idaho would get the first goal of the game for the fourth time in the series as Colton Beck would finish a nice transition passing play as Martin Lee forced a turnover at the center ice redline and Jefferson Dahl was able find a streaking Beck who was able to bury the shot at 10:48 of the frame.
One issue that Idaho has had in the series is the quick equalizer goal from the Grizzlies and that happened once again as just 17 second after the Steelheads took the lead, Connor Hardowa was able to get loose at the tip of the right wing circle and beat Rawlings to even the game at one goal apiece.