After dropping the opening game of the best-of-seven first-round ECHL Kelly Cup playoff series against the Idaho Steelheads, the Colorado Eagles have won consecutive games to reclaim home-ice advantage in the series. Colorado netted a pair of even-strength goals, a power play tally and a short-handed goal in the victory.
Rookie forward Shawn St-Amant scored midway through the first period to give Colorado an early lead, but Idaho would quickly even things with a power play goal. With the Steelheads again on the power play, Ryan Harrison set up Casey Pierro-Zabotel for a shorthanded goal to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage in the closing seconds of the first frame.
Colorado wasted little time extending their lead in the second period when Julien Nantel punched in a rebound from top of the crease less than 2:00 in. Kellen Lain answered shortly thereafter for Idaho, however, with the Steelheads’ second power play goal of the game. The Eagles notched the final goal of the game late in the period, this time on the power play themselves, when Alex Belzile fired a wrist shot past Landon Bow as time expired in the second.
With the victory, Colorado maintains home-ice advantage in the series with a pair of games upcoming in Idaho on Friday and Saturday.
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