Dubinsky leads AK connections tonight

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

Judging by the numbers, Columbus Blue Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky of Anchorage delivered a huge night in a 4-3 double OT playoff win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to square that series at one game apiece.

Dubinsky assisted on Matt Calvert's game-winning goal 70 seconds into the second OT, and he racked game highs of nine shots on goal and eight hits. He won 13 of 25 face-offs and his 23:57 of ice time led all Columbus forwards.

In the ECHL, Reading Royals winger Sean Wiles, the former UAA skater, had a goal in a 4-2 win over Fort Wayne. That series is 1-1.

South Carolina defenseman Luka Vidmar had a goal and his goaltender, Pheonix Copley of North Pole, playing in his first pro playoff game, stopped 36 shots in a 3-2 OT loss to Wheeling. South Carolina, the No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, is in some trouble, down 2-0 in the best-of-7 against the No. 6-seeded Nailers.

Speaking of former Seawolves, St. John's winger Josh Lunden bagged two goals tonight in a 5-4 AHL win at Portland. He's got three goals in the last two games. Lunden missed a huge chunk of the season -- four months -- so we can only presume he suffered a serious injury. He's got 6-3--9 totals in 23 games for the IceCaps, who are coached by former Alaska Aces coach Keith McCambridge, who captained the 2006 Kelly Cup winners.

Also in the AHL, former Aces goaltender Joni Ortio stopped 37 shots in the Abbotsford Heat's 4-3 win at Texas

By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com