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ACES BEAT GRIZZLIES 4-2 IN RETURN HOME

Dec 5th, 2012

The Alaska Aces scored three third period goals to pull away from the Utah Grizzlies in a 4-2 win at Sullivan Arena on Wednesday night.  The Aces took game one of a four-game series with the Grizzlies, and extended their winning streak to six games.  They have won eight in a row at home, and 12 of their last 13 overall.  Alaska improved their overall record to a league-best 17-5 on the season.  Alaska and Utah continue their series on Friday, Saturday, and Monday.  Tickets are on sale now.  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 and Utah opened the game with a scoreless first period.  The Aces outshot Utah 10-5, but Utah had the best scoring chance.  Early in the period Utah’s Brad Mills hit the post with a shot from the bottom of the right circle. 

 

The Aces opened the scoring early in the second period on a power play.  Joey Crabb redirected a shot from the top of the crease at 1:39 to give Alaska a 1-0 lead.  The Grizzlies answered at 4:55 when the Aces turned the puck over in their own zone and Chris Donovan scored his second goal of the season to the game 1-1.  Utah outshot Alaska 17-6 in the middle period.

 

The Aces took the lead for good in the third.  William Wrenn deflected a Scott Gomez shot at 7:18 to give the lead back to the Aces.  Gomez then blasted a slap shot past Utah goaltender Grant Rollheiser at 11:46 to make it 3-1.  The goal was set up by a nice saucer pass by veteran Matt Robinson, who registered his first point of the season in just his fifth game of the year.  Nick Mazzolini added his team-leading 12th goal of the season into an empty net at 18:43.  Utah capped the scoring when Jimmy Martin scored on a shot that bounced off of Gerald Coleman’s glove and into the net behind him with 15 seconds to play. 

 

Gerald Coleman (5-0) earned the win in his return to Sullivan Arena making 24 saves on 26 shots.  Grant Rollheiser (3-2-1) made 19 saves on 22 shots, suffering the loss. The Aces went 1-2 on the power play and the Grizzlies were 0-2.  Alaska was outshot by Utah 26-23 in the game.

 

Alaska and Utah continue their series on Friday, Saturday, and Monday.  Tickets are on sale now.  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.