ALASKA TOPS VICTORIA 6-2 TO TAKE A 3-0 LEAD IN CONFERENCE FINALS
The Alaska Aces rode a four-goal second period, which was part of six unanswered tallies, to a 6-2 win over the Victoria Salmon Kings in Game Three of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday Night from the Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, British Columbia. The win gives the Aces a 3-0 lead in the best-of-seven series. The series remains in Victoria for Game Four on Monday at 6:05pm AKT. For more information, and the latest promotional news and updates, fans can visit the Aces at their Facebook page for more information, or call the Aces at 907.258.ACES.
Victoria’s Matt Siddall uncorked a slapshot from the right circle that powered through Adam Courchaine on a Salmon Kings power play for the only goal of the opening period. The Aces outshot the Kings 11-9
The Aces seized control in the second period with a four-goal outburst. Scott Howes got it started with a power play goal for the first of his four-point night at 2:52. Alaska then took their first lead on a Chris Langkow goal at 9:45. Just over four minutes later, at 13:47, Langkow struck again tapping in a rebound goal to make it 3-1. Brian Swanson put the finishing touches on the period with a slapshot goal at 18:59 to give the Aces a commanding 4-1 lead at the intermission break.
Alaska continued the onslaught into the third period. Ethan Cox notched a shorthanded goal on a two-on-one at 6:29, then added a power play goal at 19:24. With 4.3 seconds remaining Jeff Caister scored for the Salmon Kings to complete the scoring.
Adam Courchaine (1-0) earned the win, making 35 saves on 37 shots. David Shantz (7-4) took the loss, making 26 saves on 32 shots. The Aces went 2-8 on the power play, while the Salmon Kings went 1-5. The Aces were outshot by the Salmon Kings 37-32 in the game.
Western Conference Finals: #1 Alaska vs. #7 Victoria (All Times in Alaska)
Game 1 – Alaska 2, Victoria, 1
Game 2 – Alaska 4, Victoria, 3 (OT)
Game 3 – Alaska 6, Victoria, 2
Game 4 – Monday, May 2, 6:05pm @ Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
*Game 5 – Wednesday, May 4, 6:05pm @ Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
*Game 6 – Saturday, May 7, 7:15pm @ Sullivan Arena
*Game 7 – Sunday, May 8, 7:15pm @ Sullivan Arena
* If necessary
The series remains in Victoria for Game Four on Monday night at 6:05pm AKT as the Aces look to close out the Conference Finals. The game can be seen on GCI Cable Channel 1 throughout Alaska, or heard on the radio in Anchorage on 750AM – KFQD. Aces Playoff tickets are on sale now at the Aces office, online at www.ticketmaster.com, at the Sullivan Arena, or at Fred Meyer stores. For the most up-to-date team and promotional information, please visit the Aces on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/#!/alaskaaceshockey. Fans can also call the Aces office at 907.258.ACES.