Ice Dogs Win Game 1 Over Steelheads, 3-2
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. The Long Beach Ice Dogs (1-0) won their first playoff game in nearly three years Wednesday night, defeating the defending Kelly Cup Champion Idaho Steelheads (0-1) by a score of 3-2. Playing in front of a boisterous crowd of over 500 at the training center of the Los Angeles Kings, the Ice Dogs looked like a team on a mission.
Unable to secure ice at their usual home due to a scheduling conflict, the Long Beach Arena, the Ice Dogs made the most of the situation with a gritty effort. Idaho managed to get on the board first midway through the first with a power play goal by Bobby Russell. The score would remain 1-0 Steelheads heading into the second, before NHL veteran Bill Lindsay tied it for the Ice Dogs at 9:56 on the power play with assists by Chris Kenady and Evan Cheverie. Just 4:20 later, Michael Lambert gave the Ice Dogs a 2-1 lead from Mike Vellinga and Joe Cardarelli. Long Beach scored their third goal of the period at 18:18 when Lindsay got his second of the game, again on the power play, from Steeve Villeneueve and Chris Kenady.
The Ice Dogs held a 3-1 lead heading into the final period, but Lance Galbraith scored unassisted just 1:32 in to make it a one goal game. Idaho would get several more chances in the third, as would Long Beach, but the score would remain 3-2 until the final buzzer. Sebastien Centomo earned the win for the Ice Dogs, making 22 saves, as Frank Doyle took the loss with 23 saves. Long Beach was 2-3 on the power play while Idaho was 1-3.
The Ice Dogs and Steelheads will play Game 2 of their best-of-five series on Friday night at 7:30 PM at the Long Beach Arena. The Ice Dogs need just two more wins to move on to the second round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs and eliminate the defending champs. For more information, call (562) ICE-DOGS or visit www.icedogs.com.
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