January 13, 2013 - ECHL (ECHL) - Alaska Aces
Anchorage resident, Drew O'Connell made 20 saves on 21 shots in his first career start, coming in emergency relief, and led the Ontario Reign to a 3-1 win over the Alaska Aces on Saturday night from Sullivan Arena. The Aces lost in regulation for the first time in a month, snapping a 13-game point streak, and eight-game home winning streak. Alaska retains the top record in the ECHL despite the loss with a 30-9-1 record. The Aces now hit the road for the final three games before the All-Star Break. 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.
Ontario spotted O'Connell immediate goal support, scoring on the first shift of the game. Brodie Sheahan scored from the left circle 11 seconds into the contest to give Ontario a 1-0 lead. ECHL leading goal scorer Colton Yellow Horn then added to the advantage at 4:51 of the opening period to give Ontario a 2-0 lead after one period. The Reign outshot the Aces 10-6 in the period.
Alaska had an opportunity to get back into the game in the second period when Zach Harrison was tripped on a breakaway by Ontario's Cameron Burt. Harrison was awarded a penalty shot at 5:13 of the period, but could not beat O'Connell who kept the Reign in front. Late in the period Yellow Horn scored his second of the night and 26th of the season on a power play to make it 3-0 Reign.
The Aces outshot the Reign 8-1 in the third period, but O'Connell kept them at bay for most of the frame. Alaska finally spoiled his shutout bid at 19:24 when Jarred Smith batted a puck out of mid-air, past O'Connell's stick side.
Gerald Coleman (14-3) had a nine-game winning streak snapped, making 20 saves on 23 shots in the loss. O'Connell (1-0) made 20 saves on 21 shots for the win. The Aces went 0-4 on the power play and the Reign were 0-6. Alaska was outshot by Ontario 23-21 in the game.
The Aces now hit the road for the final three games before the All-Star Break. 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.