Sparked by two goals in a span of 19 seconds, the Alaska Aces broke open a close game by scoring three times in the third period of a 4-0 win over the Stockton Thunder in game three of the ECHL Western Conference Semifinals. The win gives Alaska a 2-1 series edge after the teams split the first two contests at Sullivan Arena.
Ryan Cruthers gave the Aces a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the playoffs on a power play at 11:37 of the first period.
Gerald Coleman made 13 first period saves, and shut out the Thunder on 22 saves for the night. But the game was still in doubt entering the third.
That's when the Aces took control. Wes Goldie, the ECHL's leader in career goals with 370, scored 1:06 into the frame ot make it 2-0. Nick Mazzolini added his second of the postseason at 1:25 on a deflection of a Bryan Miller shot. Jordan Kremyr then tallied at the 14:42 mark to complete the scoring.
Game four is Friday at Stockton Arena.