ACES FALL 3-2 (OT) TO WRANGLERS IN GAME 3
Eric Lampe scored 3:11 into overtime to lead the Las Vegas Wranglers to a 3-2 overtime win over the Alaska Aces in Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals at Sullivan Arena on Sunday night. Las Vegas leads the best-of-seven series 2-1. The series stays in Anchorage for the remainder of the week. Game 4 is Tuesday, and Game 5 is Wednesday. Both games begin at 7:15pm and tickets are on sale now. If necessary, Game 6 will be played at Sullivan Arena on Friday. For more information, please call the Aces at 907.258.ACES or visit them online at www.facebook.com/alaskaaceshockey.
The opening period saw the teams trade power play goals to begin the scoring. Las Vegas got the first goal of the game at 5:01 on a floating wrist shot from the point past a screened Gerald Coleman. The Aces answered exactly four minutes later when Kane Lafranchise scored his first career playoff goal with a blistering one-timer from the blue line. The Wranglers outshot the Aces 12-7 in the period.
Las Vegas reclaimed the lead at 2-1 in the second period off a one-timer from former Ace Judd Blackwater at 9:25. That stood as the only goal of the second period with Alaska outshooting Las Vegas 9-8 in the period.
The Aces forced overtime with the only goal of the third period. Scott Howes, playing in his first game at Sullivan Arena since November, swept a shot from the slot past the outstretched right pad of Joe Fallon at 9:04 to tie the game at 2-2. The Aces outshot the Wranglers 12-10 in the third period.
Early in overtime, Lampe ended the game after a blocked shot bounced to him at the bottom of right circle, and he got a shot past a sprawling Coleman. It was Lampe’s second OT winner in this postseason, lifting Las Vegas to a 3-2 win. The Aces fell to 0-2 in overtime in the postseason, with Las Vegsas improving to 3-0.
Gerald Coleman (5-3) suffered the loss, making 31 saves on 34 shots in one period of work. Joe Fallon (4-1) earned the win, making 29 saves on 31 shots. The Aces went 1-2 on the power play, while the Wranglers went 1-3. The Aces were outshot by the Wranglers 34-13 in the game.
The series stays in Anchorage for the remainder of the week. Game 4 is Tuesday, and Game 5 is Wednesday. Both games begin at 7:15pm and tickets are on sale now. If necessary, Game 6 will be played at Sullivan Arena on Friday. For more information, please call the Aces at 907.258.ACES or visit them online at www.facebook.com/alaskaaceshockey.