In The Blog's exhaustive research before every Alaska Aces game -- hey, who knows, the boss might read this, so we figure it never hurts to pump our own tires -- today he looked to see how the team has done in Game 3s when a playoff series is tied 1-1.
That's the situation the Aces were in entering tonight, when they won 4-1 at San Francisco to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Anyhow, prior to tonight, the Aces in their previous nine ECHL seasons have on nine occasions been locked 1-1 in a series (seven times in a best-of-7, twice in a best-of-5).
On two of those nine occasions, the Aces won Game 3 and went on to win each of those series.
Of the seven times they lost Game 3, they went 2-5 in those series.
Most interesting were the two times in 2006 when they lost Game 3s and fell behind 2-1 in best-of-7 series. Yet they ended up winning both series, beating Las Vegas in six games and Fresno in seven games on the way to beating Gwinnett for the franchise's first Kelly Cup.
Not that those series were not fraught with tense moments. The Cowbell Crew no doubt remembers the Aces beat Las Vegas in triple OT of Game 6 -- shout-out to Cam Keith! -- and beat Fresno in double OT of Game 7 -- shout-out to Chris Minard!
And that concludes this history lesson.
Doyle Woody, email@example.com