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Scott Gomez already is Alaska’s most prolific, most decorated, most compensated hockey player, and Saturday evening in New York City the veteran center from Anchorage reached a career milestone no other player from the 49th state has ever accomplished.

Gomez, 35, became the 296th player in NHL history to play 1,000 regular-season games in the world’s best league.

Gomez, whose career has taken him full circle back to the New Jersey Devils, the team that drafted him and afforded him two Stanley Cup rings, played in a 3-1 road loss to the New York Rangers.

The Rangers are one of five stops Gomez has made in an NHL career that began when he was 19. He has played for New Jersey, New York, Montreal, San Jose, Florida and – now, again – the Devils...

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UAA has received a commitment from forward Luke McColgan, a California kid who plays for Chilliwack in the BCHL.

McColgan, 20, owns 12-9-21 totals in 32 games. He played the previous two seasons in the SJHL.

Thinking of a California guy joining the Seawolves -- at least to a guy old as dirt -- brings back memories of Steve Bogoyevac and Jeremy Mylymok (good players, good dudes).

Merry Christmas, puckheads, and may the bounces all ricochet your way.

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The Alaska Aces squandered a two-goal lead with six minutes left in regulation.

They butchered a four-minute power play in overtime.

And they delivered some pitiful shootout bids in going 0 for 5 in the skills contest.

All that transpired Saturday night on home ice at Sullivan Arena, where the Aces wasted a glorious opportunity at completing a three-game sweep of the Bakersfield Condors and fell 4-3 in their first shootout of the ECHL season.

Happy hockey holidays!

Uh, nope -- at least not for one night for the home team entering the holiday break, which keeps the Aces (12-13-1) idle until New Year’s Eve, when they entertain the Utah Grizzlies...

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The Alaska Aces’ situation wasn’t terrible, but it was far from terrific -- they faced a two-goal deficit against the Bakersfield Condors early in the second period Friday night.

Then Olivier Archambault happened.

And 5 minutes, 4 seconds later the Aces owned a one-goal lead they never surrendered in a 5-3 ECHL victory before an announced crowd of 4,013 at Sullivan Arena.

Rookie goaltender Niklas Lundstrom delivered a season-high 36 saves, Ryan Walters made his first goal as an Ace a pivotal strike -- his short-handed marker in the opening minute of the third period gained Alaska a 4-2 lead -- and the Aces (12-13-0) finally got their moribund power play unshackled...

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Stopped by Sullivan Arena late Thursday morning to catch up with the Alaska Aces and find center Tim Coffman practicing and seemingly doing fine after being momentarily hobbled when he blocked a shot late in Alaska's 6-1 win over Bakersfield on Wednesday night.

Coffman practiced and looked completely normal...

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No matter what happened Wednesday night, when the Alaska Aces cruised to a 6-1 win over the Bakersfield Condors in a game that marked the one-third point of their ECHL regular season -- 24 games of 72 scheduled -- the hockey club was assured of having its poorest record to this point in 12 seasons on the circuit.

The Aces are 11-13-0. Only once before did they even get as far down at .500 to this point. That came in 2009-10, when they were 11-11-2 after 24 games...

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For a change, it was the Alaska Aces who generated a quick start and turned early momentum into victory.

The Aces, who have often surrendered the first goal of the game in a hockey heartbeat, zoomed to a three-goal lead in the first period Wednesday night and racked a 6-1 victory over the Bakersfield Condors at Sullivan Arena.

The victory not only snapped Alaska’s four-game losing streak, which matched its longest of the ECHL season, but extended its home-ice winning streak to six games and marked its most lopsided win this season.

“We were ready right from the start,’’ said rookie winger Jacob Doty, who furnished his first pro goal. “We’ve given up the first goal a lot this season, so to come out and get a quick goal was great...

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In the last two days, the Alaska Aces' defensive depth has been in flux.

After Brad Richard was loaned to AHL Iowa on Tuesday, giving the second-year pro his first AHL gig. Wednesday, the Minnesota Wild recalled Aces defenseman Colton Jobke back to AHL Iowa and sent the Aces defenseman Corbin Baldwin, who was here earlier this season. Also, the Aces again signed Brad Gorham of Anchorage, who has often given them some part-time help when his schedule allows -- he's an engineer in Anchorage who played at UAA.

In any event, that means the Aces' defensive corps Wednesday vs. Bakersfield will have a new look. Be interesting to see which blueliners get power-play duty with Richard out, or even if coach Rob Murray decides to use four forwards on one of his PP units...

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The Alaska Aces’ frequent stumbling starts to games mirrors their stumbling start to the hockey season.

The Aces’ minus-9 goal differential in first periods ranked fourth-worst in the ECHL through Monday, and first periods are by far the club’s worst period on that front. Alaska is plus-1 in second-period goal differential and, discounting empty-net goals, minus-1 in third periods...

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Nearly two months into their hockey season, the Alaska Aces are back where they started – and that’s not a good place.

The Aces’ 6-4 loss at Idaho on Saturday night extended their losing streak to four games, matching their 0-4-0 start to the ECHL season.

The only difference is the first three of the Aces’ four consecutive losses at season’s start came on home ice at Sullivan Arena. Their current four-game losing streak was assembled entirely on the road, which sullied a 2-0-0 start to a two-week, six-game roadie that went south in the last week with a loss at Stockton, a loss at Utah and two losses at Idaho...

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