Game one needed overtime, but a wrister from Jason Bast sent 2,315 Steelheads fans home happy Wednesday night, as Idaho took game 1 of their Pacific Division Semifinal 3-2 over the Utah Grizzlies.
Bast received a pass from defenseman Zach Kamrass to set-up the game winner at 5:49 of the extra session.
“He ripped it to get it to me,” Bast told the Idaho Statesman. “He did a great job finding me.”
Initially, it would appear the Steelheads were on their way to an easy game one victory, with two goals in the first 12:30 and goaltender Olivier Roy making a couple stellar saves on point-blank opportunities.
But, Utah battled back, narrowing the lead to one before the first intermission.
The two teams would battle through the second period with no scoring. Grizzlies veteran forward Danick Paquette was credited with the game-tying goal at 7:31 of the third period, on a broken play that ended with forward William Wrenn knocking the puck into his own net. That knotted things at two.
“We didn’t play our best in the third period, and we were second-guessing ourselves,” Steelheads Coach Brad Ralph said. “But it’s playoff hockey and you have to be willing to go into overtime and do whatever it takes.”
Idaho now holds a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series that is expected to be a close one. The two teams played each other 13 times during the regular season, with 7 of those contests needing extra time.