THUNDER TOP ACES 7-4 IN OFFENSIVE SHOWDOWN
Two of the top defensive teams in the ECHL flipped the script and engaged in an offensive slugfest on Saturday night, but it was the Stockton Thunder pulling away with a 7-4 win over the Alaska Aces from Stockton Arena. The Aces had their four-game winning streak snapped, and their record fell to 5-3 on the year. Stockton extended their winning streak to five games and their point streak to seven. The Aces continue their five-game road trip with a Sunday afternoon rematch in Stockton at 3:00pm AKT. The team will return to the Sully on November 14 to host the Colorado Eagles. Tickets are currently on sale at the Aces office, Fred Meyer locations and www.ticketmaster.com. 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.
The teams got off to a quick offensive start, each scoring a pair of goals in the opening period. The Thunder struck first on a power play when Phillipe Cornet scored from the high slot at 6:27. Less than two minutes later at 8:21 Justin Maylan scored on a rebound to make it 2-0. The Aces responded with a pair of goals from Brandon Dubinsky, who continued his hot streak. Dubinsky scored on a one-timer on a power play at 10:51 to get Alaska on the board. He then redirected a shot from the point at 15:28 to tie the score at 2-2 after the first period. The Aces outshot the Thunder 14-9 in the frame.
Stockton regained the lead early in the second period when Toni Rajala scored his first of the night at 1:42 of the period. The Aces once again tied the score on a Garry Nunn rebound goal at 9:57. But Stockton finished the second period with two more goals to take the lead into the third period. Harrison Reed scored at 12:18, and Rajala added his second of the period at 15:06. Following Rajala’s second goal, the Aces pulled Mark Guggenberger and replaced him with Brooks Ostergard who was signed earlier on Saturday.
Stockton continued to pull away in the third period. Yannick Riendeau scored 2:16 into the period to make it 6-3 Thunder. Matt Reber then scored at 4:35 to extend Stockton’s lead to 7-3. Tommy Mele scored for the Aces at 7:14, but that’s as close as Alaska came and the Thunder held on for the 7-4 victory.
Mark Guggenberger (4-2) took the loss making 13 saves on 18 shots. Brooks Ostergard made 7 saves on 9 shots in relief and did not figure into the decision. Tyler Bunz (4-1-1) earned the win, making 28 saves on 32 shots. The Aces went 1-4 on the power play and the Thunder went 1-4. Alaska outshot Stockton 32-27 in the game.
The Aces continue their five-game road trip with a Sunday afternoon rematch in Stockton. The team will return to the Sully on November 14 to host the Colorado Eagles. Tickets are currently on sale at the Aces office, Fred Meyer locations and www.ticketmaster.com. 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.