Final Regular Season Records:
Idaho: 48-18-2-4 (102 pts—Pacific Division Champion)
Utah: 37-27-5-3 (82 pts)
Game Schedule (Home Team in BOLD CAPS and All Times Local):
Game 1 – Wed., April 15 — Utah at IDAHO 7:10 pm
Game 2 – Fri., April 17 — Idaho at UTAH 7:00 pm
Game 3 – Sat., April 18 — Idaho at UTAH 7:00 pm
Game 4 – Fri., April 24 — Utah at IDAHO 7:10 pm
*Game 5 – Sat., April 25 — Utah at IDAHO 7:10 pm
*Game 6 – Mon., April 27 — Idaho at UTAH 7:00 pm
*Game 7 – Tue., April 28 — Utah at IDAHO 7:10 pm
*= If Necessary
Season Series Recap: Idaho went 7-3-3 in the season series, with seven of the 13 meetings being decided by one goal.
Leading Scorers: Idaho is led by Wade MacLeod, who finished second in league scoring this season with 80 points (38G, 42A.) Utah is led offensively by Mathieu Aubin, who finished 21st in league scoring with 68 points (26G, 42A.)
Idaho Fact: Jason Bast is expected to return to the lineup for game 1 of the series. Bast has been sidelined during the stretch run with an undisclosed injury. Bast had 30 goals in 52 games before his injury.
Utah Fact: Grizzlies Alex Krushelnyski has the potential to break games open with his speed. The fastest skater at the ECHL Skills Competition has 57 points in 62 games.
How Idaho Wins: Idaho has not played in more than 5 days, so rust maybe a factor early on in game 1. If the Steelheads can stay out of the box and capitalize on their transition game, they have an excellent chance of advancing.
How Utah Wins: Grizzlies goaltender Igor Bobkov is going to have to steal at least one game for Utah to advance. The Grizzlies must do a good job containing Idaho’s high-power offensive players of Wade MacLeod, Jason Bast and Alex Belzile.
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