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Furious Aces comeback falls short in 4-3 shootout loss to Utah Friday

Furious Aces comeback falls short in 4-3 shootout loss to Utah Friday

Feb 11th, 2017

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – The Alaska Aces mounted a furious third period comeback to tie the game, but eventually fell to the Utah Grizzlies in a shootout 4-3 Friday night at the Sullivan Arena.

The regulation tie gave Alaska three out of a possible 6 points in the three-game series with the Grizzlies.

Brad Navin gave Utah a 1-0 lead in the first period with his fifth goal of the season, unassisted, at 9:35.

Shots after one favored the Grizzlies 17-5.

In the second period, Utah’s Colin Martin tallied twice, once at 3:56 and next at 15:17 to give the Grizzlies a 3-0 lead at the end of two periods.

Shots were 24-19 Utah after two.

The offensive push started for Alaska in the third period. Tyler Shattock popped a rebound of a Steve Tarasuk shot past Utah goaltender Kevin Boyle at 5:56 for his ninth goal of the season, second as a member of the Aces. Stephen Perfetto also got a helper.

Then at 9:07, Nolan Descoteaux fired a low wrister stick-side past Boyle and the Aces were back in the game. The goal was Descoteaux’s 7th of the season, assisted by Danny Moynihan and Perfetto.

The game-tying goal came at 16:28 as Moynihan took a turnover in the lower left circle and deposited a backhand from the slot and completed the comeback, his 14th goal of the season.

The overtime featured an Alaska power play, but despite outshooting Utah 5-2 in the OT, the Aces were unable to score.

In the shootout, Marc-Andre Levesque scored for Alaska, but Utah’s Cam Reid and Mathieu Aubin scored on Aces netminder Michael Garteig to give the Grizzlies the extra point in the standings.

Boyle finished with 33 saves on 36 shots, while Garteig knocked away 31 of 34 Utah shots.

Alaska was 1-7 on the power play, Utah 0-4.

The Aces next play on Friday, February 17 at home against the Colorado Eagles.