By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
CHARLESTON, S.C. – Killing penalties proved a breeze for the Alaska Aces in the regular season, when they set an ECHL league record for efficiency, and through three rounds of Kelly Cup playoffs. Flourishing while short-handed in the Finals, though, has been a significant shortcoming for Alaska against the South Carolina Stingrays, which is one reason the Aces find themselves trailing 2-1 in the best-of-7 series entering Friday’s Game 4 here.
The Stingrays have scored one power-play goal in each of the three Finals games. Granted, the Aces likewise have scored one power-play goal in each match. But South Carolina’s success with the man advantage has pierced an Alaska club accustomed to stifling opposing power-play units.