The Alaska Aces' 40 shots on goal in Friday night's 5-4 overtime defeat of the Colorado Eagles at Sullivan Arena marked the fourth time in 14 ECHL games this season the club has unleashed 40 or more shots in a game.
The Aces enter Saturday night's series finale against the Eagles ranked second in both average shots on goal per game (34.86) and average shots per game yielded (25.36). The Aces' average of out-shooting opponents by a margin of 9.5 shots in the biggest disparity in the league.
Also, Friday's win marked the third time this season the Aces have won after trailing at the end of the second period. They are 3-4-0 in such games -- and that's after going 4-12-2 in those circumstances last regular season. Note that a couple of other clubs are doing well when trailing after two periods this season -- Greenville is 4-3-0 and Idaho is 3-2-0. Last season, Elmira led the league in those circumstances, going 12-15-2 when trailing after two periods.
One last note: The Aces today released defenseman Todd Orlando, who did not play a game for the club. He suffered a lower-body injury in training camp.
The Aces still have nine defensemen around, although captain Steve Ward is out long-term with a broken leg and Dustin Molle (lower-body) remains on the 21-day IR. Molle, though, is skating in practices and looks like he'll soon be ready to go. Believe he's eligible to come off the 21-day IR next week.
Oh, hey, forgot about this one, so this technically is the last note: The game-tying third period goal originally credited to winger Joey Crabb on Friday night has been switched to defenseman Kane Lafranchise, who also authored the game-winning OT strike. That gives Lafranchise 1-9--10 totals in 10 games. He also has at least one point in four straight games, with 2-4--6 totals in that span.