And it’s down to one!
The Americans and Steelheads went back and forth in the opening frame with Allen tying the score on two different occasions. Joel Chouinard and David Makowski both scored for Allen. It was Makowski’s team-leading fourth of the postseason. Idaho would break the tie late in the period as Cole Ully scored his first of the playoffs at 18:39 to send Idaho to the room up 3-2.
The Steelheads scored the only two goals of the second period. Max French would convert on a five-on-three power play to extend the lead to 4-2. Shane Hanna added his second of the playoffs and second of the game to put Idaho up by three, despite being outshot by the Americans 14 to 12 in the second frame.
The two teams would score thirty seconds apart in the final frame. AJ White netted his first at 16:23 and then Spencer Asuchak would pound one home from in front of the Idaho net to cut the gap to 6-3. That was the last of the scoring as the Steelheads won their third straight to force a Game 7 on Wednesday night at 8:10 pm CST.
Regardless of the standings during a 7 game playoff run, there are several scenarios that can present themselves. A team can take it 4-0. 4-1, 4-2 or 4-3. but the trek to the victory can reflect a lot about the two opponents. Looking at the World Series a team that was up 3-0 has never lost in a game 7 and that has happened a total of 24 times.
As for the NHL, only 4 teams in the history of the Stanley Cup playoffs have ever overcome a 3-0 deficit.
2014 – The L.A. Kings overcome a 3-0 deficit to defeat the San Jose Sharks.
2010 – The Philly Flyers defeated the Boston Bruins after being down 3-0.
Then you have travel back 35 years to 1975 when the New York Islanders snapped back to beat the Boston Bruins after being down 3-0 and you have to go back in time to 1942 when the only 3-0 deficit comeback in the finals took place. The Toronto Maple Leafs overcome a 3-0 backlash to defeat the Detroit Red Wings for the championship.
What does all this mean? When researching remarks by players and coaches, most responded that our largest problem was resetting mentally, whether on the deficit comeback side or being the team that was up 3-0, then found themselves 3-3 with a game 7 looming.
So, the big question is, what will the Americans do tonight? After games 1, 2 & 3, it’s apparent that they have the players to beat Idaho, therefore given Coach Martinson’s intellect for the game and the players who can execute, northDsports feels that they have the ability to mentally prep and let the past go. In essence, game 7 tonight is basically just like a 1 game wildcard game. The team that prepares letting go of games 1 through 6, whether Idaho or Allen, will have the best chance to prevail. “Our top players have to be better if we’re going to advance to the next round,” said Americans Head Coach Steve Martinson. “We made mistakes last night which cost us in the end.”
Good luck Americans, let’s schedule a stop in Denver on the way home.
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