Coleman sparks Aces win over Idaho, plus notes

Posted by DOYLE WOODY, adn.com on January 29, 2014 

Early deadline tonight following Alaska's 2-1 win over Idaho, so can't say the game story The Blog just banged out for the morning's dead-trees edition is a gem -- but pretty sure we got the score correct.

In any event, Gerald Coleman's 24 saves backstopped the Aces to a 2-1 win over the Steelheads. He looked sharp. He's 3-0-1 since coming back from offseason hip surgery and he improved his save percentage to .911.

The Aces received goals from Jordan Kremyr and Tommy Mele.

Tommy Grant, the former UAA winger who looks so comfortable on the Olympic-sized ice at Sullivan Arena, scored Idaho's lone goal. Idaho rookie winger William Rapuzzi of Anchorage had the secondary assist.

Coleman and Grant dueled all night. Grant was credited with five shots -- The Blog had him for six, but he's old and doesn't have great eyes even with his specs. In any event, every shot Grant had was a quality chance. He commended Coleman's glove save eight minutes into the third period, when it was 2-1.

Couple notes: Peter Sivak's seven-game point streak came to an end, though not for lack of trying -- he fired a game-high seven shots on goal. Captain Nick Mazzolini's six-game point streak also ended.

Oh, and the Aces are 5-0-1 in their last six home games. They are 5-2-2 in nine games against Idaho.

Also, tonight was Aces broadcaster Mike Benton's 33rd birthday, so best wishes to him. (The Blog has shoes older than that).

And in the house was UAA coach Matt Thomas and family.

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