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When Dimond’s Chris Gardeline last faced West, he endured a goaltender’s hat trick of hockey horrors – three shots, three goals, and the skate of shame to the bench.

He still recalls it as the worst game of his career. At home later that December evening, long after he got the hook, Gardeline replayed in his mind, over and over and over, the goals he surrendered. That Lynx loss, the junior believed, was all on him.

Tuesday night, playing the same opponent on the same rink, Gardeline replaced those distressing memories with something uplifting – 20 saves that helped propel Dimond to a 5-2 Cook Inlet Conference victory at Ben Boeke Arena.

“I wanted some redemption, for sure,’’ Gardeline said. “I wanted to make a statement and show I can stop the puck.’’...

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The Alaska Aces are barely into the second half of the ECHL regular season, yet given their tenuous perch – sixth place in the seven-team Pacific Division – they need to start making up ground to secure a playoff spot.

With 34 hockey games remaining, starting with a three-game home series against division co-leader Colorado beginning Wednesday night, the Aces sit nine points out of a playoff spot and will have to surge past two clubs. The top four finishers in the division qualify for the Kelly Cup playoffs...

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Through save after save after save, through precarious situations and seemingly endless peril, and on ice that seemed tilted against them by a relentless rival Saturday night, the Seawolves leaned hard on freshman goaltender Olivier Mantha.

And then Blake Tatchell delivered the overtime dagger that allowed him and his UAA teammates to reward their masked man with a bounty of hockey hugs.

Tatchell’s wrist shot from the high slot 3 minutes, 7 seconds into extra time at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks gave UAA a 3-2 win in Game 2 of the annual Governor’s Cup and a sweep of the first two games of the four-game series.

“It was the ultimate game of survival for us,’’ said UAA coach Matt Thomas by cellphone...

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Justin Breton bagged his first goal as a pro hockey player. Aaron Crandall delivered a career-high 35 saves. And the Alaska Aces racked another power-play goal.

None of it soothed the club’s misery -- the Aces lug a five-game winless streak (0-4-1) into the ECHL’s All-Star Classic break after falling 4-2 Saturday night to the Colorado Eagles to wrap up a nearly fruitless six-game road trip.

Alaska never led, though it did hit the second intermission tied 1-1 before Colorado generated two goals in the opening eight minutes of the third period and used Nathan Moon’s empty-net goal to assure its sixth consecutive victory...

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Center Lane Bauer of Anchorage is enjoying a breakthrough in his second season in the Western Hockey League.

Bauer, 18, on Friday night delivered his first hat trick for the Edmonton Oil Kings in a 6-2 win over the Regina Pats, and that production gives him 16-17--33 totals and a +25 rating in 45 games. As a rookie last season, Bauer went 7-9--16 in 47 games.

The hat trick marked Bauer's third multiple-goal game this season. He's scored six goals in the last six games after scoring just one goal in the previous 13 games...

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The Fairbanks Ice Dogs started slowly Friday night, but as usual, they ended up getting the best of the Kenai River Brown Bears.

After Kenai River scored two goals early, the Ice Dogs roared back for four unanswered first-period goals, including three on the power play, and pocketed a 6-3 win in Soldotna.

The Ice Dogs have won six of the seven games between the teams this season, including the last five. The teams meet nine more times, including Saturday night in Soldotna.

Fairbanks (24-11-3) got goals from six different players. Jack Gessert and Alex Jackstadt each had one goal and one assist for the Brown Bears (11-24-2).

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Any defeat of a bitter rival is delicious, of course, but UAA’s slump-busting 2-1 victory over UAF in Friday night’s Game 1 of the annual Governor’s Cup proved tasty on myriad fronts.

The Seawolves snapped their four-game losing streak and six-game winless streak, and the win marked just their second victory in the last 14 games (2-10-2).

The victory at the Carlson Center in a game that doubled as a Western Collegiate Hockey Association match also furnished the Seawolves their first league win on the road this season...

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Considering all the obstacles the Alaska Aces encountered Friday night, when they endured a terrifically bad start, a pair of two-goal deficits and never led, leaving the Budweiser Events Center in Loveland, Colorado, with a point was a victory of sorts.

The Aces fell to the Colorado Eagles, 5-4, in overtime, yet they snapped their three-game losing streak, and showed resiliency and resolve that have been absent of late.

Colorado’s Collin Bowman scored 3 minutes, 34 seconds into extra time, delivering his 10th goal, tops among ECHL defensemen, and keeping his club perfect in games that go past regulation. The Eagles, who have won six straight games, are 4-0 in OT and 1-0 in shootouts...

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The Seawolves are banking on a trip north to halt a free-fall that is rapidly sending their season south.

For UAA -- loser of four straight games, winless in six games and owner of one win in the last 13 games -- there is no better way to emerge from its funk than by solving intrastate rival UAF.

The teams clash Friday and Saturday nights at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks in Games 1 and 2 of the annual Governor’s Cup, games that double as Western Collegiate Hockey Association games. The teams wrap up the Cup with a regular-season-ending series in Anchorage in March...

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After a dispirited 5-1 loss at Colorado on Wednesday night, Alaska Aces coach Rob Murray was straight-up in his postgame radio interview and in a phone call later -- he's not crazy about his club.

At 15-16-2, the Aces are nearing the halfway point of the 72-game ECHL regular season and currently out of playoff position. Sure, there's a lot of season left, but Murray's seen enough to know this edition of the Aces is as mediocre as their record.

Murray said he needs to see if he can engineer moves to bolster the lineup...

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