Despite a 20-shot advantage and a myriad of excellent chances, the Alaska Aces find themselves trailing in the Western Conference semifinals.
Gaelen Patterson flipped in a rebound at close range at 6:09 of overtime Thursday to lift the Idaho Steelheads to a 1-0 win at Sullivan Arena. The Steeheads grabbed a 1-0 series lead and home ice advantage from the Aces, who outshot the visitors 47-27.
But Idaho netminder Josh Robinson continued his stellar play in the playoffs. Fresh off an 83-save performance in Monday’s four-overtime and series-clinching win over Colorado, Robinson again was a brick wall the Aces could not breach. He stopped all 47 shots sent his way. Gerald Coleman was also outstanding for the Aces, making a handful of stellar stops in the third period to force the extra frame.
Game 2 is Friday night, and the pressure has now shifted to the Aces, who do not want to go to Boise next week in an 0-2 hole. The pucks drops at 7:15 p.m.