ACES TOP GRIZZLIES 3-1
The Aces made their long awaited return to Sullivan Arena worth it with a 3-1 win over the Utah Grizzlies on Wednesday night to extend their ECHL-best point streak to 10 games. Alaska’s record improved to 16-4-2 on the year, and they are 8-0-2 in their last 10 games, matching their fifth longest point streak in franchise history. The Aces and Grizzlies return to the Sullivan Arena on Friday and Saturday night. 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.
An evenly played first period tilted in Utah’s favor after a bad Aces giveaway in the final minute. Justin Dowling picked off a pass from the right-wing boards and through the defensive slot, and moved in untouched, beating Gerald Coleman at 19:39. Both teams had 10 shots on goal in the frame.
Alaska turned the tide in the middle period with a pair of goals. The Aces tied the game at 1-1 on Kane Lafranchise’s first professional goal at 1:40 on a power play. Dan Kissel found Lafranchise in the left circle on a cross-ice pass and Lafranchise wristed home the equalizing goal. The score held for most of the frame until Matt Ambroz finished off a rush into the zone with a rebound goal at 16:43. Ambroz’s initial shot from the high slot was stopped, but Ethan Cox kept the play alive, poking a loose puck from the side of the net into the crease where Ambroz slammed it home to give Alaska a 2-1 lead. The Aces outshot the Grizzlies 12-4 in the period.
The Aces put the game away at 8:47 of the third period when Tyler Reugsegger found Wes Goldie at the bottom of the slot and Goldie redirected the puck past Shane Owen to make it 3-1 and complete the scoring. Alaska held on for the two-goal victory.
Gerald Coleman (13-3-1) earned the win, making 21 saves on 22 shots, and Shane Owen (3-1-1) made 29 saves on 32 shots, taking the loss. The Aces power play went 1-1, while the Grizzlies went 0-2. Alaska outshot Utah 32-22 in the game.
The Aces and Grizzlies return to the Sullivan Arena on Friday and Saturday night. 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.