Steelheads edge Spartans in finale
The Idaho Junior Steelheads edged Southern Oregon, 5-4, in the Spartans' regular-season finale during Western States Hockey League action at The RRRink on Saturday.
Southern Oregon next hosts the Seattle Totems (10-35) in a three-match playoff series beginning at 7:30 p.m. Friday. It will continue Saturday at the same time and, if necessary, conclude with a 6 p.m. match on Sunday.
Mackenzie Wood had two goals and one assist and Anton Bokull had one goal and two assists for Southern Oregon (34-12), which fell behind 3-0 against Idaho before rallying to even the match in the second period.
Hunter Cyr had the go-ahead tally at the 11:24 mark in the second.
Wood recorded an unassisted, short-handed goal in the third period. He finished as the conference's points leader with 108.
The Junior Steelheads (42-4), the club with the league's best record, outshot Southern Oregon, 42-26.
Goalkeeper Reed Kinsey made 37 saves.
Idaho recorded ten penalty minutes on five infractions and the Spartans had 14 penalty minutes on seven infractions.