ACES FIGHT FOR 4-3 SHOOTOUT WIN OVER THUNDER
After earning and then losing three different one-goal leads, the Alaska Aces struck for a fourth time when a comeback was not possible. Corey Syvret scored in the sixth round of a shootout to lift the Aces past the Stockton Thunder 4-3 on Wednesday night, giving Alaska their second straight shootout win. The Aces improved to a league-best 21-8, including a 5-0 mark in games decided past regulation. Alaska is now 10-3 at home. The Aces continue their three-game week and six-game home stand on Friday and Saturday night against the Thunder. Tickets are on sale now at the Aces office, Sullivan Arena box office, Fred Meyer Locations and online at 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 game began when Alaska’s Dustin Molle and Stockton’s Garet Hunt fought off the opening face-off, three seconds into the game. Alaska then started the scoring, and tallied a pair of goals in the first period to take a 2-1 lead at first intermission. Alex Imbeault scored the first goal of the game at 9:03 on a rebound from the left circle. Stockton tied the score quickly on a power play when Yannick Riendeau tallied at 10:45. Alaska regained the lead on Joey Crabb’s 13th goal of the season on an Aces power play at 16:46. The Aces outshot the Thunder 14-9 in the period.
The Thunder tied the game in the second period on a delayed Aces penalty. Mike Little blasted a slap shot past Gerald Coleman from the slot at 13:25 to make it 2-2. But the Aces once again took the lead on a power play. Off an offensive zone face-off win, William Wrenn set up Kane Lafranchise with a one-timer from the right point and Lafranchise power a shot through Cody Reichard that trickled into the net at 17:47 to give Alaska a 3-2 lead at second intermission. The Thunder outshot the Aces 7-3 in the second period.
Rookie standout Justin Maylan erased the Aces third lead when he scored at 3:45 of the third period on a backhand after cutting through the slot from the right wing boards. The Aces then held off the Thunder who hit three posts in the third period, and never took the lead. In overtime the Thunder outshot the Aces 6-0 and received a late power play for the final minute, but could not convert. In the extra session Alaska scored on four of their six attempts with Crabb, Bobby Hughes, Nick Mazzolini, and Syvret all scoring. Stockton scored on their first two chances, but missed three of their last four as Alaska held on for the win.
Gerald Coleman (7-2) earned the win, making 26 saves on 29 shots and stopped all three of six shooters in the shootout. Cody Reichard (7-1-3) made 25 saves on 28 shots and stopped two of six in the shootout, taking the overtime loss. The Aces went 2-5 on the power play and the Thunder were 1-5. Alaska and Stockton each had 29 shots in the game.
The Aces continue their three-game week and six-game home stand on Friday and Saturday night against the Thunder. Tickets are on sale now at the Aces office, Sullivan Arena box office, Fred Meyer Locations and online at 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.