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By: JP Puma
Aces Top Eagles, 5-0
Eagles Shutout for First Time in Nearly a Year
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Colorado Eagles' struggles in Alaska continued as the Aces shutout the visitors, 5-0; Mark Guggenberger stopped 27 shots. The last time the Eagles were shutout was nearly a year ago when Las Vegas' Joe Fallon backstopped a win by the same margin. The loss pushed Colorado's all-time record at the Sullivan Arena to 0-8-2. They'll have another chance to pick up their first win in Alaska when the teams meet for the third time in four days Monday night.
For the second game in a row, the two teams played a scoreless opening period. The Aces out-shot the Eagles, 15-9, while the Eagles owned a 1-0 edge in power plays. But the tone of the game would change quickly in the second stanza.
Alaska wasted little time getting on the scoreboard in the second period, scoring their first of four goals in the frame just 31 seconds in. A wide open Chris Clackson got the game's first goal -- and his second in as many games -- when he took a cross-slot pass from Zach Harrison and put home his own rebound from the right post. The Aces doubled that lead just over two minutes later when Nick Mazzolini beat Kyle Jones from the low slot.
The ECHL's top team made it 3-0 at 13:16 of the second stanza when Bobby Hughes scored on a 2-on-1 rush with a shot placed inside the far post from the right circle. And in the final minute of the frame, Corey Syvret made the Aces' first power play of the game count by getting his first goal of the season on a back-door play that pushed the lead to 4-0 heading into the second intermission.
Colorado nearly got on the board midway through the third period when Joey Sides had a shorthanded goal waived off because a back-checking defenseman knocked the net off its moorings. And at 10:51, Brandon Dubinsky scored the game's final goal on a one-timer from the left circle. Shortly thereafter, Colorado successfully killed off a full 5-on-3 Aces power play.