Alaska Aces turn it up in third

STOCKTON, Calif. – The Alaska Aces have five games and three wins under their belt to date.   Playing at home, versus th e San Francisco Bulls, the newest addition to the ECHL, for a game tonight and one tomorrow afternoon to finish out the three game series.   In game one, the Bulls put on good effort, but subsequently were aced out 4-1 in the end.
Alaska is tied for fourth place in the ECHL Western Division, with six points (with San Francisco and Bakersfield. San Francisco has played six games, and are 2-2-2.   The Aces really seem to wake up late in the game, as 12 of Alaska’s 14 goals have come in the third period this season.
Last night’s game proves that point, as four different team members scored four goals in the third for the victory.  
The opening period remained scoreless, despite the Aces outshooting the Bulls 14-6. In the second, Alaska added another 12 shots, but could not beat Thomas Heemskerk (a Sharks prospect) in the net.
The Bulls scored their only goal of the night at 6:11 in the second, with a cross ice pass from Matt Carter to Kevin Baker.  
The third period belonged to the Aces, as they opened the scoring 56 seconds into the period with a power play goal off the stick of NHL veteran Brandon Dubinsky.   Then on a delayed penalty, Alexandre Imbeault scored from the edge of the slot at 6:51, in his first match following his trade from Orlando.   A third goal came when Joey Crabb (also of NHL experience) scored on a wrist shot at 17:33.   The empty net goal by Nick Mazzolini at 19:17 ensured the 4-1 win for the Aces.
In the net for the Aces, Mark Guggenberger (2-1) earned the win with 18 saves on 19 shots.   Heemskerk (1-2-1) took the loss with 40 saves.   The Aces were 2-2 on the power play for the night, while the Bulls were 0-2.  
San Francisco’s Justin Bowers five-game point streak was snapped, and it was the Bulls’ first lost by more than a single goal.
The two teams have two more games this weekend in Anchorage, so there is still time to even the score.
 
Contact the writer at Shellie.Lima@prohockeynews.com

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