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STEELHEADS DEAL GOLD KINGS FOURTH STRAIGHT LOSS

March 20, 2002 - West Coast Hockey League (WCHL) - Colorado Gold Kings News Release

Boise, ID - Kevin Smyth scored twice as the Idaho Steelheads wrapped up another Northern Division crown with a 4-1 win over the Colorado Gold Kings before a crowd of 4,852 Wednesday night at the Bank of America Centre.

The first period moved along at a lightning pace, with Idaho eventually gaining a 1-0 lead as Kevin Smyth tucked a wrister underneath Colorado netminder Mark Gowan at 13:04. That advantage grew to 2-0 as Greg Bullock, appearing in his first game in an Idaho uniform, beat Gowan five-hole just 16 seconds into the second period. The Gold Kings sliced the deficit in half when Craig Lyons found Greg Schmidt for a breakaway on Steelhead goaltender Blair Allison. Schmidt flicked a backhander past Allison at 15:46 and Colorado had new life heading into the final 20 minutes.

The Gold Kings peppered Allison with 16 shots in the third period, but would draw no closer. Idaho wrapped up the victory with two goals in a span of 1:59 late in the third period as Ingraham and Smyth scored at 14:07 at 16:06, respectively. Colorado (35-23-6) had the edge in shots on goal, 29-25, but failed to prevent the Steelheads (43-14-7) from officially clinching their second straight regular season Northern Division title.

The Gold Kings, who have lost four in a row for the first time all season and six of their last eight, will have a few days off before traveling to Long Beach for Saturday night (8:05 p.m. MST) and Sunday afternoon (5:05 p.m. MST) games against the Ice Dogs. Jack Michaels calls the play-by-play for Colorado's games, all of which are broadcast live on KKCS-AM Hot Talk 1460.

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