Thunder take commanding 3-1 lead in series Another come from behind win, in overtime

Gerald Coleman stops puck as Shawn Weller provides a screen - Photo by Jack Lima

Gerald Coleman stops puck as Shawn Weller provides a screen – Photo by Jack Lima

STOCKTON, Calif. – Before 4,298 fans at the Stockton Arena, the Thunder accomplished another come from behind win, in overtime, to pull ahead of the Alaska Aces in the Western Conference Semifinals with a final score of 2-1.

Despite being outshot in the first period 11-3 by the Aces, the Thunder outshot the Aces in the end, 35-34. Olivier Roy made a stellar appearance in the net tonight, which happened to be exactly what this team needed.

Harrison Reed dives for the puck - Photo by Jack Lima

Harrison Reed dives for the puck – Photo by Jack Lima

The Thunder got off to a slow start, while the Aces took the lead mid-way through the first period. Nick Mazzolini scored his second goal of the post season at 11:52 on a powerplay, with assists by Brad Gorham and Gary Nunn. But that would be the end of their goal opportunities.

Olivier Roy stops Tim Hall - Photo by Jack Lima

Olivier Roy stops Tim Hall – Photo by Jack Lima

The two teams would be scoreless through the second, and midway through the third period. At 10:25, after the Thunder pounded away at Gerald Coleman in the net for the Aces, Eric Hunter’s shot found an opening to even the tally. Garet Hunt and Ryan Hayes collected assists on the play. This was Hunters first post season goal.

Eric Hunter (R) stuffs in rebound for game tying goal- Photo by Jack Lima

Eric Hunter (R) stuffs in rebound for game tying goal- Photo by Jack Lima

Heavy hitting and aggressive skating continued through until the final buzzer, forcing overtime.

There were several excellent scoring opportunities for both teams, but the goaltending was relentless. But a rebound opportunity, gave Andrew Clark a chance to poke the puck into the corner of the net, at 13:03, to give Stockton the win. Hayes and Hunt were credited with assists on the shot.

Garet Hunt flies over Gerald Coleman in battle for puck- Photo by Jack Lima

Garet Hunt flies over Gerald Coleman in battle for puck- Photo by Jack Lima

This was Stockton’s ninth overtime win in a row, including games from the regular season.

Aces Coleman took the loss, with 33 saves, while Roy gets another win in the 33 save effort. The Aces were one for four on the powerplay, while Stockton went zero for four.

Andrew Clark celebrates overtime winning goal - Photo by Jack Lima

Andrew Clark celebrates overtime winning goal – Photo by Jack Lima

The three stars of the game went to Clark, Roy and Coleman.

Alaska faces elimination in game five, scheduled for Sunday evening at the Stockton Arena.

 

 

 

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