When the Alaska Aces were shut out 2-0 by the Utah Grizzlies last week and again shut out in the next game -- well, until they won the shootout for a 1-0 victory over the Grizzlies -- it got The Blog to wondering.
Hmm, he said to himself, wonder when the last time was the Aces went two straight games without scoring an actual goal (i.e. one in regulation or overtime)?
So The Blog dug into his files in pursuit of the answer. And, frankly, was a little surprised to find out the answer: Never. Ever. Until last week.
Counting regular-season games and Kelly Cup playoff games in 10-plus ECHL seasons before last week's back-to-back bagels -- a combined 863 games -- the Aces had never been shut out in consecutive games. We found that fairly amazing.
Before last week, the closest the Aces have ever come to such indignity came on two occasions when they were shut out twice in a span of three games.
In 2008-09, the season the Aces went to Game 7 of the Kelly Cup Finals and lost to the South Carolina Stingrays, they lost 1-0 to Idaho at home in the regular season and two games later lost 4-0 at Victoria.
In the conference finals of the 2004-05 playoffs, the Aces were shut out by the Trenton Titans, 3-0 in Game 5 at Trenton, then bageled 2-0 in Game 7 on home ice at Sullivan Arena.