West Valley City » Over and over after their 6-1 loss to the Idaho Steelheads on Tuesday, Utah Grizzlies coach Kevin Colley and forward Tom May used variations of the word "deflated."
Idaho's first period burst was "deflating", they said, and the Grizzlies were "deflated" by the time they trailed 3-0 going into the second period.
The five-goal loss puts Utah down 3-0 in the best-of-seven series, the winner advancing to the National Conference finals.
No ECHL team has overcome a 3-0 deficit to win a playoff series.
"Obviously we got off to a slow start," Colley said. "They got a couple fairly quick goals that kind of deflated us."
After going down 3-0 before the first period ended, things didn't improve much for Utah in the second as Idaho tacked on two more goals. Utah didn't get on the scoreboard until 7:33 in the third when Matt Sorteberg punched the puck into the net. But a following Utah power play came up empty and when Kevin DeVergilio netted Idaho's sixth score of the night, many of the remaining 2,366 fans began shuffling out the exits.
Colley believes that his team will be ready to play Friday and that the team hasn't given up on the season. It was obvious that May hadn't yet with his fight for loose pucks and energy through game three noticeably high.
"I'd like to think that we'll be professional enough to come to the rink to play," May said. "We have a good enough team that if we're all on the same page and we're all playing our best game it doesn't matter what the series is. We've won four in a row before. we can do it again in the playoffs."
ECHL National Conference semifinals
Game 4 » Friday, Idaho at Utah, 7:05 p.m.