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Legendary basketball coach John Wooden once said: "Failure is not fatal, but failure to change might be."
Something is going to have to change in a hurry for the Idaho Steelheads, or their season will be coming to an end sooner than the team had hoped.
The Thunder took game two from the Steelheads 4-3 in overtime Sunday night, capturing a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven Western Conference Finals as the series shifts to Stockton.
The Thunder got out to a 1-0 lead, courtesy of a Maxime Boisclair goal in the first period. Austin Smith answered late in the frame, tying the game before intermission.
Stockton re-took its advantage at 12:52 of the second when Matt Bergland beat Josh Robinson. Ryan Hayes tacked on another tally on the powerplay early in the third to make it 3-1.
The Steelheads rallied with a pair of goals from Adrian Foster, his fourth and fifth of the postseason. The first came on a powerplay, when Ben Ondrus lunged behind Stockton's centerman and chipped the puck to Foster in the slot. Andrew Carroll wrapped around the Thunder net with just under six minutes remaining in the third, jamming a shot on net and allowing Foster to cash in the rebound.
Despite Idaho's momentum heading into overtime, where the Steelheads have flourished in the playoffs, the Thunder skated out of CenturyLink Arena with a win. A broken play led to Andrew Clark lighting the lamp on a rebound of his own, giving Stockton its ECHL-record fifth overtime win this postseason.
Josh Robinson stopped 24 of 28 shots in the loss. Oliver Roy made 36 saves despite colliding with a Steelhead player in the second period and lying the ice for several minutes with an apparent arm injury.
Game three is Wednesday at 8:00.