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Aces: Coleman's back; ditto for Crum

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

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  All Gerald Coleman has done in three seasons with the Alaska Aces is backstop them to one Kelly Cup and three Brabham Cups, and win more than 71 percent of his decisions.

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   So, he’s fairly solid at this goaltending thing.

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  The Aces undoubtedly believe that will continue – they have signed the veteran for a fourth season, the club announced today.

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  The Aces also announced the return of defenseman B.J. Crum, who they plucked out of the Southern Professional Hockey League last season for his second stint with the team.

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 Coleman, 28 and entering his ninth pro season, comes with a caveat – he underwent hip surgery for the second straight offseason. Word via coach Rob Murray is Coleman says he’s on the mend faster than last year, when he did not make his season debut until Nov. 23.

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  In any event, Coleman last season went 23-6-3 with a 2.17 goals-against average that ranked second in the league. The 2011 ECHL Goaltender of the Year last season delivered a .918 save percentage.

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  In three regular seasons with Alaska, Coleman is a combined 71-26-8, with a 2.12 and .918. Pretty stupid numbers. In three postseasons, he’s 20-7-4 with a 1.98 and .926. Again, silly numbers. Yes, it helps he plays for a team that is traditionally stingy about giving up goals. Then again, any goalie will tell you it’s a tough gig sometimes when you go minutes upon minutes without even facing a shot.

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  Crum, 30, is entering his seventh pro season. After playing 20 games in the SPHL last season, the depleted Aces snagged him. In 27 games for Alaska, he went 2-6—8 and +7. He’s a defensive defenseman – except when he plays the Stockton Thunder. You can ask current UAA coach Matt Thomas, the former Thunder bench boss, about that. Or perhaps Mike Benton, the Aces’ new broadcaster, who previously worked for Stockton. Consider it a way to break the ice when you meet Matt or Mike.

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(By the way, if you want to know more about Mike Benton, and, really, who doesn’t, check out his first blog post – succinctly headlined “Hello!’’ -- on the club’s website by clicking here).

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If The Blog’s math is correct – never a certainty, puckheads – the Aces have now announced the signing of 12 players. The breakdown: six forwards, five defensemen and one goalie.

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Forwards – Nick Mazzolini, Evan Trupp, Andy Taranto, Jordan Kremyr, Tommy Mele and Tim Coffman.

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Defensemen – Sean Curry, Kane Lafranchise, B.J. Crum, Brad Richard and Matt Ridley.

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Goalie – Gerald Coleman.


By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com
Anchorage