ECHL Epic in Idaho: Steelheads win longest game in league history

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

David de Kastrozza scored shortly before 1 a.m. Mountain Time on Tuesday to deliver the Idaho Steelheads a series-ending 3-2 victory over the visiting Colorado Eagles in the longest game in ECHL history.

de Kastrozza scored at 17:18 of the fourth overtime at CenturyLink Arena in Boise to give the Steelheads the series, 4-2.

Up next for Idaho: The Alaska Aces in the Western Conference semifinals, with Game 1 Thursday night at Sullivan Arena. Game 2 is Friday at Sullivan.

The Steelheads can presumably rest up Tuesday -- well, sort of, since they played the equivalent of more than two games tonight -- and will fly to Anchorage on Wednesday.

Tonight's game went 137:18, surpassing the previous record of 126:10, which came in 2009 when Elmira beat Trenton 5-4 (FYI -- Aces veteran goaltender Gerald Coleman was Trenton's goalie in that game).

Idaho goalie Josh Robinson tied an ECHL record with 83 saves. The Steelheads and Eagles combined for 151 shots on goal, the most in league history. That topped the 145 shots by Trenton and Elmira.

Lots of Alaska connections in the game. Idaho featured ECHL Rookie of the Year William Rapuzzi, the winger from Anchorage; former Aces defenseman Russ Sinkewich; former UAA winger Tommy Grant was out with an injury. Playing for Colorado, which got 63 saves from Marc Cheverie, was former Aces forward Alex Hudson.