ACES BEAT CONDORS 4-3 IN OT
Steve Ward gave the Aces a 4-3 overtime victory over the Bakersfield Condors, and the Alaska Aces completed a remarkable eight-game road trip, extending their point streak to nine game on Saturday night at Rabobank Arena. The Aces record improved to 15-4-2. Alaska earned points in all eight games on the trip, going 6-0-2 to earn 14 of a possible 16 points. The Aces return to the Sullivan Arena on Wednesday night, kicking off a six-game home stand against the Utah Grizzlies. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, please call the Aces at 907.258.ACES or visit them online at www.facebook.com/alaskaaceshockey.
The first period was physical and eventful. The period was highlighted by three fights in a 25 second span late in the frame. First Alaska’s Matt Ambroz fought Bakersfield’s Justin Pender at 15:23. Off the ensuing faceoff, Chris Bruton fought Tysen Gimblett, and then Jordan Kremyr squared off against Jesse Gimblett. Alaska scored the game’s first goal at 19:05 when Tyler Ruegsegger scored on a power play.
Alaska extended their lead to 2-0 at 6:48 of the second period when Garry Nunn scored on a rebound. Bakersfield got on the board when Michael Gergen poked a puck underneath Adam Courchaine and into the net at 9:17 to cut Alaska’s lead. The Aces reclaimed a two-goal advantage when Nick Mazzolini scored at 12:38 to give Alaska a 3-1 lead at second intermission.
The Condors did not go quietly in the third, erasing the deficit thanks to a power play goal by Erik Burgdorfer and even strength tally from Matthew Sisca. The Condors then got a three-minute major power play with 3:50 left in regulation, but the Aces’ #2 ranked penalty killing unit kept the score tied at 3-3. After a delay of game penalty, eight seconds into overtime, Ward ended the game with a power play goal at 1:11 of the extra session.
Adam Courchaine (3-1-1) earned the win, making 30 saves on 33 shots, and Bryan Pitton (2-10-1) made 24 saves on 28 shots, taking the overtime loss. The Aces power play went 2-5, while the Condors went 1-6. Alaska was outshot by Bakersfield 33-28 in the game.
The Aces return to the Sullivan Arena on Wednesday night, kicking off a six-game home stand against the Utah Grizzlies. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, please call the Aces at 907.258.ACES or visit them online at www.facebook.com/alaskaaceshockey.