If the Golden Eagles thought they had pressure on them in the first two games, they haven't seen anything yet.
With a 2-0 disadvantage in the Turner Cup playoffs, the Eagles are in a must-win position going into tonight's game with the Phoenix Roadrunners.Game time is 8:35 p.m. MST at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The series won't be over if the Eagles lose tonight, but they'll be down 3-0 and very few sports teams have ever come back from 3-0 deficits to win seven-game series.
"There's no secret to it - we just have to regroup and come out ready to go from the opening faceoff," said Eagle Coach Bob Francis. "Being down 2-0 in the series makes this game that much more important. We just have to get off to a good start and go to work."
The key for the Eagles will be getting off to a good start. In six straight games, they have fallen behind early by at least two goals. They've come back to win three of those games, but couldn't in the two playoff games.
Thursday night, they fought back from a 4-1 deficit to lead 5-4 in the third period before Phoenix tied it up and won in overtime on Brian Lawton's goal.
"Again our team showed a lot of character in coming back," said Francis. "We know we can win here and he have a lot of confidence."
Francis is expected to go with Steve Guenette in the goal tonight. Guenette started the first game but was lifted after giving up five goals in the first period. Francis blamed the Eagle defense more than Guenette in that game.
The Eagles have alternated goaltenders Guenette and Warren Sharples for 30 straight games.
After tonight's game the Eagles return home to play Phoenix Wednesday night for Game 4 and Friday, if they're still alive.