Robinson called up to AHL; Ralph talks game six
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Through five playoff games, Steelheads coach Brad Ralph still hadn't named a starting goaltender. Josh Robinson and Tyler Beskorowany split the duties until Thursday, when Ralph's hand was forced by an AHL call-up.
Robinson has been sent to play for the Texas Stars, making Beskorowany the de facto starter for Friday night's game six, and likely game seven if necessary.
"I had a chat with Ralphie before the playoffs started and we chatted about dialing in and being ready to play," said Beskorowany. "You never know what could happen, so I was ready from game one until now, nothing has changed."
Goalie Joe Howe, a Colorado College product, has been signed to an amateur tryout contract and will serve as the emergency back-up this weekend.
Robinson's call-up wouldn't have been a big deal, had the Steelheads eliminated the Colorado Eagles in game five on Tuesday. Ralph called the 7-4 loss "disappointing," and said his team may have been looking ahead too much.
"I think we get a little confident at times, and I think we expect to pull games out when maybe we don't deserve it," explained Ralph. "We're growing. We've got a lot of work to do yet, but we do have a great hockey team, and we expect to do well here tomorrow night."
"I think we underestimated them a little bit," added Beskorowany. "They had their backs up against the wall and they came out firing, and I don't think we expected that from them."
The deciding factor in the series thus far has been Colorado's power play. In their two wins, the Eagles are 5-for-9 with the man-advantage, and are just 1-for-14 in their three losses.
"When they're scoring on the power play, it makes it difficult to continue to win those hockey games," said Ralph. "We want to play 5-on-5 hockey, because I do think we are the better team."