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OT anguish for the Aces

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

The Alaska Aces owned a 47-27 advantage in shots tonight at Sullivan Arena, and at game's end they owned the advantage in anguish too.

Idaho's Gaelan Patterson scored 6:09 into OT to give the Steelheads a 1-0 victory in the opener of the best-of-7 ECHL Western Conference semifinal series.

Josh Robinson, who Monday stopped a league record-tying 83 shots in a 3-2 win over Colorado in four OTs that marked the longest game in league history, made 47 saves tonight. He's kinda feeling it -- since he hasn't given up a goal in 169:42.

He last gave up a goal in the second period Monday. Counting Monday's third period and all the OTs, and tonight's game, he has made at least 104 consecutive saves. (And that's not counting however many shots he stopped Monday in the second period after giving up Colorado's second goal of the game).

Aces goaltender Gerald Coleman arguably faced as many or more stern tests than Robinson, and he was terrific.

The Aces have played 132 playoff games all-time in the ECHL and The Blog's quick research indicates -- not promises, but indicates -- tonight's game was only the second 1-0 OT game in that span.

In 2007, in Game 3 of the conference semifinals at Bakersfield, Kevin Croxton scored on the power play 3:10 into OT to deliver the Aces a 1-0 win on a night when Derek Gustafson stopped 44 shots. Shout-out to former Aces wingers Barrett Heisten and Mike Scott, who assisted on the game winner.


By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com
Anchorage