The Golden Eagles are one game away from the start of an early summer vacation. They find themselves in a desperate do-or-die position as they approach Game 4 of the IHL Turner Cup playoffs tonight.
The Eagles trail the Phoenix Roadrunners 3-0 going into the 7 p.m. game at the Salt Palace. If they lose, the season is over. A win would give the Eagles another home game Friday night. Beyond that, playoff games would be played Saturday in Phoenix and Monday back in Salt Lake if the Eagles keep winning.That doesn't look too bad - three of four games at home. But Eagle Coach Bob Francis wants his team focusing on the proverbial "one game at a time."
"You're not going to get four (wins) without the first," said Francis. "We've got to get better, that's for sure."
Francis said there will be some changes with his team, but won't say what. He did say Warren Sharples will start in goal. He's been happy with the play of veterans Rich Chernomaz and Tim Sweeney, but has been disappointed with the Eagles' overall defense.
The parent Calgary club has assigned two rookies to Salt Lake - Todd Gillingham, a 21-year-old from the Quebec Junior Hockey League and Shawn Heaphy, a 23-year-old out of Michigan State. Both players are eligible, but not likely to play.