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Steelheads have a champagne problem

By Paul Gerke. CREATED Apr 17, 2014

The Steelheads have a champagne problem in net.

Josh Robinson and Pat Nagle have both proven to be more than capable between the pipes, but a team can't start two goalies (despite how awesome that sounds).

On one side of the coin- Robinson, who was last year's MVP and spent most of this season facing tougher competition at the AHL level. On the other- Nagle, who carried Idaho in stretches and whose 23 wins are the second most in the Western Conference.

Head coach Brad Ralph hasn't decided who start Friday's game one against the Colorado Eagles.

"Come playoff time, you have to have two goalies that can help you win games," said Ralph. "For us right now, it's just a matter of whoever gets the first start. It's up to them how long they keep rolling with the ball."

Injuries and call-ups forced seven different goaltenders to play for Idaho this season, but the Steelheads have found stability when it matters most.

"To have two great goaltenders like we have, both with a lot of deep playoff experience... That's huge," said captain Patrick Cullity.

"Consistent goaltending is a very big key in playoffs," added rookie forward William Rapuzzi. "There's a lot of strong play (in the playoffs) and everyone is kind of peaking, so I think those chances and having good goalies consistently will give you the best chance to win."