LOVELAND, CO. – Eagles defenseman Matt Register scored the game-winning goal 1:05 into sudden death overtime to give Colorado the 2-1 victory over the Idaho Steelheads and tie Colorado’s best-of-seven series with Idaho at one game apiece. Eagles goaltender Lukas Hafner stopped 24 of the 25 shots thrown his way to collect the win in net.
After a scoreless first period, Idaho would break through in the waning seconds of the second period, as forward Rob Linsmayer deflected a shot and sent it trickling across the goal line with just 18 seconds remaining in the middle frame.
Trailing by one after 40 minutes of play, Colorado would find the game-tying goal on the power play, when forward Alex Belzile collected a pass from Register on the side of the net and swept the puck past Idaho goaltender Landon Bow, squaring the game at 1-1 with 5:43 left in regulation.
With 60 minutes unable to determine a winner, the two teams headed to sudden-death overtime and Register would put it to a quick end with a slapshot from the blue line that would light the lamp and give Colorado the 2-1 win in front of a sold-out crowd at the Budweiser Events Center.
The Eagles finished the evening going 1-for-4 on the power play and denied all three of Idaho’s chances on the man-advantage.
The Eagles return to action when they travel to face the Idaho Steelheads in Game Three of the ECHL Kelly Cup Playoffs on Wednesday, April 19th at 7:05pm.
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