The Idaho Steelheads scored with 1:41 left in regulation to defeat the Utah Grizzlies 4-3 Saturday night in an ECHL playoff game at Qwest Arena in Boise, Idaho.
Idaho takes a 2-0 series lead with games three, four and five (if necessary) at the E Center starting Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.
Utah took three separate one-goal leads in the game, but Idaho battled back each time in front of a home crowd of 4,362.
Lance Galbraith banged in a Ryan Kinasewich shot off of the back wall to give Utah a 1-0 lead 7:21 into the first period.
The Steelheads came back to tie at 10:52. Utah killed four short-handed situations in the first period, including four-straight minutes that also had two minutes of five-on-three hockey for Idaho.
Utah took a 2-1 lead that they carried into the third period on a Tom May redirection as he knocked in a Kinasewich power-play shot with 53 seconds left in the second period.
Idaho tied the contest 2:22 into the third period before the Grizzlies again drove the puck deep and May knocked it in on the backhand with 9:17 left in regulation.
Idaho tied with a four-on-three power-play goal with 7:35 left in the third and John-Scott Dickson clanged a post to score the game-winner with 1:41 left.
Kinasewich (two assists) and Malcolm MacMillan (two assists) chipped in multiple-point games for Utah.
Mike Morrison stopped 30 of 34 shots and 24 of 25 through two periods for Utah to keep the contest tight.
Richard Bachman had 25 saves for Idaho.
National Conference semifinals
Game 1 » Friday, Idaho 7, Utah 2
Game 2 » Saturday, Idaho 4, Utah 3
Game 3 » Tuesday, Idaho at Utah, 7:05 p.m.
Game 4 » April 23, Idaho at Utah, 7:05 p.m.
Game 5* » April 24, Idaho at Utah, 7:05 p.m.
Game 6* » April 27, Utah at Idaho, 7:10 p.m.
Game 7* » April 28, Utah at Idaho, 7:10 p.m.