BOISE, Idaho – Another night, another game on the brink of elimination for the Idaho Steelheads.
Idaho played in its second straight elimination game on Friday night, after Tulsa had gone up three games to none in the Mountain Division Final. Game 4 on Wednesday night closed with a 4-2 Steelheads victory, prolonging Idaho’s season for at least one more game on Friday night. With it potentially being their last home game of the year, the Steelheads looked to make an impact against a stingy Oilers squad and force game six.
Now, the series heads back to Tulsa.
The Steelies emerged victorious yet again in the face of their postseason ending, taking game five by a score of 3-1 on the back of some late-game scoring from forwards Reid Petryk and A.J. White, as well as defenseman Nolan Gluchowski. The third period was the only frame that contained any goals for either team, as Tulsa forward Scott Henegar netted the only tally for the Oilers at 12:01 of the final regulation frame.
Tulsa seemingly got on the board first in period number one, after a goal initially waved off came under video review. After digesting the video replay, the referee confirmed the initial no-goal call. While an overhead shot was not displayed through the arena video boards or television broadcasts, Sporfie captured an overhead view on the controversial decision:
After the no-goal call, the game remained deadlocked in a scoreless tie through two periods. It was period three that yielded three straight goals for the Steelheads, with Petryk, White, and Gluchowski potting goals in the pan of four minutes and 42 seconds. Henegar’s mid-period goal was not enough to spark a come back for Tulsa, with tempers flaring towards the end of the period as multiple unsportsmanlike conduct penalties handed out at 19:25 of the third (Mike McKee and Ian McNulty for Tulsa; Kale Kessy for Idaho).
Both teams will now head back to Oklahoma for Game 6 (and potentially Game 7) at the BOK Center in Tulsa. Game 6 will commence on Sunday, May 5 at 7:05 pm CT. If necessary, the winner-take-all Game 7 will be the next evening on Monday, May 6 at 7:05 pm CT.