By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Only one happy ending per league.
That’s the drill in sports, and for the Alaska Aces, that decree in hockey’s contribution to the life-isn’t-fair file left them in despair late Friday night.
While the beer-soaked South Carolina Stingrays celebrated their ECHL Kelly Cup championship in a visiting dressing room that echoed with the shouts and laughter of sheer joy and accomplishment, the stunned Aces down the hallway at Sullivan Arena slowly removed their gear and hit the showers that couldn’t wash away their disappointment.
South Carolina’s 4-2 win in Game 7 of the Finals wrapped a remarkable series and prevented the Aces from becoming just the second team in league history to fall behind 3-1 in the Finals and yet still hoist hardware.