ACES COMEBACK TO BEAT REIGN 4-3 IN OVERTIME
Kane Lafranchise scored his second overtime, game winning goal 1:02 into overtime on Saturday night to cap off an Alaska Aces 4-3 comeback win over the Ontario Reign from Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, CA. The Aces won for the eleventh time in their last twelve games, and finished their six-game road trip with a 5-1 record. Alaska improved their overall record to a league-best 16-5 on the season. Alaska now returns home on Wednesday, Dec. 5th to host the Utah Grizzlies. 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.
The teams played a fast-paced, but scoreless opening period. Alaska outshot Ontario 7-5 in the frame. Ontario had a goal waived off at 12:30 when the whistle blew before the Reign poked a rebound into the net on a goalmouth scramble.
The teams found the offense in the second period, combining for five goals. Ontario jumped on the board early with a pair of goals in the opening 61 seconds. Derek Couture scored on a rebound 24 seconds into the period to make it 1-0 Ontario. Kyle Clifford then scored a highlight-reel goal 37 seconds later to make it 2-0. Alaska fought back to even the score with a pair of goals midway through the period. Nate Thompson converted his own rebound at 10:23 to get the Aces within one. Zach Harrison then stripped Ontario goaltender JF Berube and wrapped the puck around and into the empty net to tie the score at 13:34. Kyle Kraemer scored late in the second period to give the Reign a 3-2 lead entering the third
In the third period, the Aces tied the game when Tommy Mele scored on a rebound at 11:12 following a sharp-angle Jarred Smith shot. The Reign outshot the Aces 10-9 in the period and the game went to overtime. In the extra session, Lafranchise scored at 1:02 on the first shot of overtime to give the Aces the 4-3 comeback win.
Gerald Coleman (4-0) earned the win making 22 saves on 25 shots. JF Berube (6-2-1) made 20 saves on 24 shots, suffering the loss. The Aces went 0-3 on the power play and the Reign were 0-3. Alaska was outshot by Ontario 25-24 in the game.
The Aces now return home on Wednesday night to host the Utah Grizzlies. 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.