There's hockey and then there's playoff hockey. And if you have ever attended an Idaho Steelheads playoff face-off, you know it's the difference between fire and ice.
Monday night, the Steelheads upset the Ontario (Calif.) Reign in a commanding 5-0 blowout to win the opening ECHL playoff series three games to two. The Steelheads, ranked No. 7 going into the series, were heavy underdogs to Ontario, the No. 2 seed.
Steelheads goaltender Jerry Kuhn was flawless, stopping all 46 of Ontario's shots-on-goal.
Next up: Idaho takes on Las Vegas for a best-of-seven series, which begins next Monday in Vegas. The Steelheads will have home games on Thursday, April 19, Saturday, April 21, and Sunday, April 22 (if necessary).