By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
Josh Soares‘ credentials as an ECHL sniper are so striking that his three straight playoff games without a goal, a quiet stretch that wouldn’t merit a mention for most players, was actually considered something of a slump.
Good thing Soares (pictured) didn’t come up empty Friday night — he might have had to start working on his retirement papers.
No such preparations will be necessary, though, after Soares’ two first-period strikes spearheaded the Alaska Aces’ 5-2 road win against Utah, which gave the National Conference champs a stranglehold on the West Division semifinal series.
Buoyed by a fast start, Soares’ three-point night — he also furnished a helper — continued penalty-killing prowess and Jean-Philippe Lamoureux‘s 23 saves, the Aces seized a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 series.
Game 5 is Saturday at The E-Center in West Valley City, Utah.