By Matt Nevala
Anchorage Daily News
TRENTON, N.J. — Marquer un but.
For you non-French speakers out there, that means to score a goal.
Olivier Filion and Charles Linglet can say it well, and they’re not bad at doing it either.
Filion and Linglet, the Alaska Aces’ French-Canadian connection from Montreal, teamed up in timely fashion Sunday, providing the game-winning goal 6 minutes, 14 seconds into overtime as the Aces breathed new life into their postseason with a scintillating 4-3 win over the Trenton Titans in front of 2,695 at Sovereign Bank Arena.
Filion’s third playoff goal, off a beautiful crossing feed from Linglet, tied the best-of-7 ECHL National Conference finals 2-2 and handed Trenton its first postseason loss at home (5-1).
Goaltender Matt Underhill, a late-season acquisition making his second playoff start, gave Alaska all it could hope for by making 31 saves, including several key stops in the opening minutes of overtime when Trenton pressed hard for the deciding goal. Underhill stepped in for Peter Aubry, who after sparkling in the first two rounds of the playoffs had been a bit battered by the Titans in the last two games of the series.
The back-up was the backbone of a much-needed victory. Had Trenton won Sunday, the Aces would have faced a game Tuesday in which a loss would have ended their season.
“Honestly, I didn’t think about that,” Underhill said. “As a goalie, if you’re going to play well you have to remove yourself from the situation. You can’t think about the implications of the game or what’s riding on it.
“That can’t be in your mind.”
By winning Sunday, the Aces also assured themselves of playing at least one more game in front of the cowbell-ringing crazies at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena.