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Idaho's four-game winning streak ends on late Bakersfield goal

Idaho's four-game winning streak ends on late Bakersfield goal
Boise, ID (2/12/14) - Laurent Brossoit stopped 32 shots, including several third-period flurries, to carry the visiting Bakersfield Condors to a hard-fought, 2-1 win over the Idaho Steelheads on Wednesday night.

The loss snapped a four-game winning streak for Idaho (24-17-5).
The opportunities came early for the Steelheads as Bakersfield had penalties whistled on Ryan Little, Chase Schaber and Spencer Bennett in the opening 15 minutes of play, but Idaho's normally-potent power play was unable to deliver. David deKastrozza was denied by Brossoit on a breakaway as well, leaving the game scoreless through one period of play.

Bakersfield would get a power-play opportunity early in the second and the Condors cashed in after a failed clearing attempt by Idaho. Erik Burgdoerfer held the puck in the zone and found Nicholas Tremblay all alone in the right-wing circle. Tremblay had time to settle the puck down before snapping home the power-play marker at the 1:45 mark of the second period to make it 1-0.

Idaho would answer less than five minutes later. Brett Robinson gathered a puck in his own zone and fed through the neutral zone to Brock Montgomery. The rookie brought the puck into the high slot, where he took a shot that was kicked aside by Brossoit, but Robinson stayed with the play and tapped home the rebound at 6:17 of the second to even the game at one goal apiece. The goal was Robinson's ninth of the season, giving him eleven points in his past nine games for Idaho.

Late in the second, Idaho goaltender Pat Nagle was forced to leave the game due to injury. He was replaced by Josh Watson, his second relief appearance in his time with the Steelheads, with 1:31 left to go in the second period.

The Condors re-took the lead at 7:47 of the third when Spencer Bennett knocked in his own rebound at the right-wing post. Watson nearly made a sensational, scrambling save on Bennett, but the puck just barely trickled over the goal line to give Bakersfield a 2-1 lead.

From that point, the Steelheads ramped up the pressure as the Condors suddenly had trouble in their own zone but Brossoit bailed the Condors out with a series of key saves, including two on a goal-mouth scramble where Idaho had multiple cracks at a loose puck near the edge of the crease late in the third. Idaho's last, desperate push was derailed when an apparent icing was waved off with less than 30 seconds to play and Idaho's net empty in favor of an extra attacker.
Idaho's power play came up empty on five chances. The penalty-kill unit was successful on four of five man-advantage opportunities for Bakersfield.

Josh Watson took the tough-luck loss in relief of Nagle for Idaho. Watson had six saves on seven shots, Nagle 20 of 21. Brossoit got the win, his fourth over Idaho this season.

The Steelheads played the game without Tommy Grant, who was a late scratch from the lineup.

Idaho and Bakersfield return to the ice on Friday and Saturday when the Steelheads will don special jerseys to be auctioned off to raise money for the Jayden DeLuca Foundation. Tickets for both games are available by calling 208-331-8497.

COORS OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE GAME - Brock Montgomery (1A)

CENTURYLINK THREE STARS:
1) Spencer Bennett (BAK)
2) Laurent Brossoit (BAK)
3) Brett Robinson (ID)
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