Alaska Leads Series 3-1
Alaska Beats Utah 5-2

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.

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