By Brian Compton
NHL.com Staff Writer
Just one night before his Victoria Salmon Kings were set to host Game 3 of their best-of-seven series against the Idaho Steelheads, goaltender Todd Ford was speaking humbly about his 51-save shutout in Game 2.
“We’re feeling fairly confident going home, but I don’t want to say overconfident,” Ford told NHL.com on Tuesday. “We were looking to go in there and get at least a split, but we came out with two (wins). That was really good news for us.”
The news just kept getting better. On Wednesday, No. 3 Victoria waxed No. 2 Idaho in a 9-2 drubbing at the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre. Five different players scored for the Salmon Kings in the first period, as Victoria built a 5-1 lead despite recording only nine shots in the opening 20 minutes.
But one could make a case that the Salmon Kings were feeding off the momentum that Ford provided from Sunday’s Game 2. Twenty-three of Ford’s 51 stops came in the second period of the 2-0 victory.
“They came out pretty hard,” Ford said. They were just kind of shooting from everywhere. Our defense and forwards kind of kept them to the outside. Any pucks that I did let out into the slot on rebounds, our defensemen and forwards were there to clear it out for me. They were shooting everything, and I felt really comfortable in there.”