ACES COMPLETE SWEEP OF EAGLES WITH 4-3 WIN
The Alaska Aces started quickly on Saturday night and never looked back as they held off the Colorado Eagles for a 4-3 win in front of another standing room only, sell-out crowd of 6,599 from Sullivan Arena. The Aces completed their second straight sweep, and extended their winning streak to six games. They have also won seven straight at home. Alaska improved to 11-4 on the season, and 11-2 all-time against the Eagles. The Aces now hit the road for a six-game trip in five cities, beginning Wednesday night against the Idaho Steelheads. All Aces games can be heard on NewsTalk 103.7FM and 750AM KFQD. For more information, please contact the Aces office at 907.258.ACES, or visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/alaskaaceshockey.
Alaska’s Joey Crabb scored the only goal of the first period when he capped off a three-man rush at 2:55 with his seventh goal of the season. Scott Gomez carried the puck into the zone and fed Garry Nunn, who found Crabb in the left circle. The teams combined for 20 shots in the period and quality chances at both ends, but the Aces took a 1-0 lead into the first intermission break.
The Aces quickly added to their lead with a big second period. Nate Thompson took a terrific feed from Joey Crabb to score his third of the weekend at 5:31, making it 2-0 Alaska. Scott Gomez then scored his second goal since returning to the Aces to make it 3-0 at 6:59. After Dyland Hood scored Colorado’s first goal at 12:39, Alaska reclaimed their three-goal lead on Nick Mazzolini’s power play goal at 17:31 to give the Aces a 4-1 lead at second intermission. At 14:37 of the period, goaltender Tyler Plante was pulled for Kyle Jones when Plante appeared to injure himself. The Aces outshot the Eagles 12-5 in the middle frame.
The Eagles got the only two goals of the third period. Jack Combs scored at 6:48 to get Colorado within two. Then with an extra attacker, Kyle Ostrow made it 4-3 at 19:08. Alaska hung on down the stretch to complete the win and sweep.
Mark Guggenberger (10-3) earned the win making 18 saves on 21 shots. Tyler Plante (1-1) did not figure into the decision, making 14 saves on 17 shots before leaving the game with an apparent injury. Kyle Jones (4-5-2) made 11 saves on 12 shots but allowed the game-winner, taking the loss. The Aces went 1-4 on the power play and the Eagles went 0-4. Alaska outshot Colorado 29-21 in the game.
The Aces now hit the road for a six-game trip in five cities, beginning Wednesday night against the Idaho Steelheads. All Aces games can be heard on NewsTalk 103.7FM and 750AM KFQD. For more information, please contact the Aces office at 907.258.ACES, or visit them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/alaskaaceshockey.