By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
CHARLESTON, S.C. — Crunch time arrived for the Alaska Aces inside the last 90 seconds, the outcome of a pivotal hockey game capped with a minute and a half of high drama. Each tick off the clock above center ice played out like a tug of war — chaos pulling against calm, distress battling desire, eagerness contesting anxiety.
This was Saturday night at sold-out Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, Game 2 of the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Finals, the Aces defending a 2-1 lead over South Carolina, the Stingrays’ goaltender on the bench in favor of an extra attacker in the visitors’ quest for the equalizer.
All that hung in the balance, most likely, was the eventual fate of the series.