Eagles dominate Steelheads, take 2-0 series lead

Credit: Colorado Eagles

After beating the Idaho Steelheads 1-0 to kick off the second round on Saturday night, the Colorado Eagles took their game to another level by dominating the Steelheads 6-2 in Game Two on Sunday night. With the win, the Eagles hold a 2-0 series lead heading out on the road to Idaho for the next three games of the series.

The Eagles pushed the pace of the game with contributions from Colorado Avalanche prospects Shawn St. Amant and J.C. Beaudin notching two goals in the victory, with Beaudin collecting one assist to finish the game with three points.

Considering their role in the previous series against the Wichita Thunder, the Eagles continue to rally behind the success of forwards Beaudin (ten points), Matt Register (nine points) and Michael Joly (eight points). These forwards continue to keep pace with the top of the ECHL’s playoff point producers, each remaining in the top ten of all skaters in playoff points.

The Eagles would jump on the board first Sunday night, with Beaudin notching the only goal of the first period at the 5:12 mark. Although the Steelheads would fire 14 shots on goal in the first compared to the Eagles nine — Eagles goaltender Joe Cannata would stand strong to hold the 1-0 lead into the second period.

With his goal, Beaudin would take the top spot among all ECHL rookies in points.

Heading into the second period, the Eagles would step up their game to another level scoring three unanswered goals to hold a 4-0 lead headed into the final frame. Shawn St. Amant was responsible for two goals of his own.

With the Steelheads feeling the pressure, Idaho’s Max French would score two goals in the third period to cut the Eagles lead to two. However, the Eagles would shut down the Steelheads momentum shortly after, with Beaudin notching his second goal of the game at the 17:46 mark of the third period.

Eagles captain Matt Garbowsky would seal the victory with a goal off of a one-timer with 58 seconds remaining in the game to extend the Eagles series lead over the Steelheads.

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