ANCHORAGE, AK – The Alaska Aces (7-3-0-0, 14pts) scored three times in the third period to take a 4-2 win over the Bakersfield Condors (4-5-1-0, 9pts) at Sullivan Arena Saturday night.
Alaska scored first for the second night in a row as Bryan Miller’s shot from the blue line redirected off a body in front and past Condors netminder Bryan Pitton at the 16:15 mark to give the Aces a 1-0 lead. Bakersfield responded with offensive chances, including two scoring chances for C Parker Stanfield, but could not slip one past Gerald Coleman. The Aces outshot Bakersfield, 14-8.
Early in the second the Condors tied it up when LW Matt Marquardt blasted home his fourth of the season. The goal came just 3:02 into the frame, off assists to C Casey Pierro-Zabotel and D Alain Goulet. Both clubs had their chances over the remainder of the period but nothing more got past the netminders, while the Condors led in shots 12-9 in the frame.
The Aces pulled in front at 5:52 of the third stanza, with LW Scott Howes’ first of the season. But it lasted only 61 seconds, as C Mathew Sisca flicked home a rebound chance to once again tie it up. But D Brandon Gentile sent a shot past Pitton at 9:35 to make it 3-2 Alaska. With less than six minutes left, a rebound deflected off a Condors defenseman and into the Bakersfield net to make it 4-2 Aces.
Bakersfield has played seven of their first 10 games away from Rabobank Arena… Sisca has a goal in four of the last five games… RW Scott Freeman (1st, 15pts) and Sisca (3rd, 10pts) each had points tonight and rank in the top three among the ECHL’s rookie scorers… Freeman is also just one point off the overall lead in ECHL scoring… Power plays: BAK – 1/3; AK – 0/3… Three Stars: 1. Howes (AK) 2. Lafranchise (AK) 3. Gentile (AK)
Bakersfield finishes a four-game road swing on Tuesday when they travel to Ontario to take on the Reign at 7 p.m. Catch all the action on Fox Sports Radio 970 AM, www.foxsports970am.com, or on the iheartradio app on your smartphone.
The Condors return home on Thursday, November 10th at 7 p.m. for the first of three games against the Idaho Steelheads.
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