Idaho playing its best puck heading to the playoffs

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Steelheads beat Alaska 4-3 in OT.
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - As far as wins and losses go, the Idaho Steelheads wound up in the middle of the pack in the Western Conference.

So, near the end of the season, the Steelies set their sights on getting home ice advantage in the playoffs ... they did that. They also wanted to finish strong ... which they also did.

Idaho won seven of their last ten games, including a shootout victory on Saturday that didn't mean a darn thing in the conference standings.

"That was huge. You know, as much as it was a pointless games on Saturday in a sense of the standings, it was huge for momentum going into the playoffs. You know, to be able to take a win for a team that's been really hot since December, that shows a lot from the guys. And moving forward, going into the playoffs, you kind of want to keep rolling, so it was a good time to start clicking," said defenseman Patrick Cullity.

"I think it's always good to pick up some momentum at the regular season. I mean, it's hard to just flip a switch and play your best hockey, so I think the way we ended was good for our team," added ECHL Rookie of Year William Rapuzzi.

"You know, we had a bit of an up and down year, and our theory was let's be playing our best hockey the last ten games of the year, and moving into the playoffs, to gain confidence, solidify our systems, and make sure that we're playing the right kind of hockey," said head coach Brad Ralph.

Steelies fans hope that brand of hockey continues Friday night when Idaho starts their Western Conference Playoff series against the Colorado Eagles. The puck drops at CenturyLink Arena just after 7 pm (MT).

If you can't make it, you can also catch all the playoff home games on Cable ONE (channel 17).