Aces settle for one point in record 17-round shootout
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Troy Redmann made 34 saves and Nathan Moon ended the longest shootout in Alaska Aces history with a goal in the 17th round, lifting the Colorado Eagles over the Aces, 4-3 before 3,690 fans at Sullivan Arena on Wednesday.
The game finished four rounds shy of the ECHL record, extending past regulation after Brock Nixon led Colorado with back to back goals to rally from a 3-1 deficit with less than three minutes to play. Curt Gogol led the Aces with a pair of goals while Greg Wolfe furnished an assist in his return from the American Hockey League.
The Aces started strong, up 2-1 after one period which began on Ryan Walters' league-leading fifth shorthanded goal at 3:24, a rebound through Aaron Crandall's five hole after Wolfe was stopped from the right circle. On the ensuing shift, Teigan Zahn's left point wrister seared through traffic 21 seconds later to tie the game.
Gogol quickly seized the lead at 2-1 just 1:10 later, cradling Bryan Cameron's lead pass out of the defensive zone for a breakaway goal, five hole on Crandall. The Aces then enjoyed two separate, two-man advantages in the second period but failed to extend the lead.
Gogol finally delivered the 3-1 edge at with 1:39 left after swiping the puck from Arthur Bidwill and beating Crandall, blocker side. The Aces, buoyed by the goal, kept Colorado in check for much of the third period but had the lead trimmed to 2-1 on Nixon's blast from the left circle with 2:33 remaining.
Crandall was lifted for the sixth attacker and the Aces were caught scrambling on the game-tying goal, with Nixon jumping on a rebound from between the circles for his second straight goal with 59.9 seconds left.
After a scoreless overtime, Redmann and Crandall traded saves in the decisive fifth round. Erik Higby was answered by Derek Rodwell in the sixth round, and Justin Johnson's game-winning bid through Crandall's five-hole was matched in the 12th round on Vitalijs Pavlov's forehand deke.
Moon stepped out for his second attempt of the shootout and buried a slapshot from the inside of the right circle to end the game.
Crandall made 29 saves for the win.
NOTES: The Aces scratched Brendan Connolly, Corey Syvret, Brad Gorham, Tim Coffman, and Quinn Sproule ... Gogol has 18 points in the last 16 games ... the matchup between Redmann and Crandall featured the previous two ECHL Goaltender of the Week honorees ... the Aces fell to 20-0-3 when leading after two periods.
The two teams meet Friday in a rematch at Sullivan Arena, starting at 7:15 p.m. (GCI/KFQD). Tickets are on sale at The Aces Store (corner of 15th/Gambell), local Fred Meyer locations and online at www.alaskaaces.com/tickets.
For Kelly Cup championship merchandise, 2014-15 season tickets, corporate sponsorship packages, and more information, please call 907-258-ACES. The Aces can also be visited on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alaskaaceshockey or on Twitter, @AlaskaAces.
Three Stars: 1. COL - B. Nixon 2. AK - C. Gogol 3. COL - V. Pavlovs
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