By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Overall, the Alaska Aces’ record-setting, penalty-killing unit has been dinged by South Carolina’s potent power play in the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals, but the Aces’ short-handed crew at least is on the right track.
After surrendering a power-play strike to the Stingrays in each of the first four games of the Finals, the Aces have killed the Stingrays’ last nine power-play chances. Still, South Carolina’s league-leading 21.4-percent power-play efficiency in the playoffs includes a 23.6-percent success ratio against the Aces. (South Carolina in the regular season was fractionally second on the circuit in power-play efficiency at 22.0 percent).