Posted : : 10/22/2005
ALASKA HOLDS ON FOR SECOND ONE-GOAL VICTORY
Mike Scott tallies three points, Beckford-Tseu posts 23 saves in 4-3 win
Alaska Aces Press Release
Anchorage, AK - Mike Scott scored twice and assisted on another in the second period alone as Alaska beat San Diego 4-2 in front of 3,723 at Sullivan Arena Saturday afternoon. The Aces have started the year 2-0 for the first time since 1996.
For the second straight night, Alaska grabbed a 1-0 lead after the first period, courtesy of hard work around the net, as Mike Lee flipped in a loose puck with a backhander over Gulls starter Tyler Weiman at 13:23. The Aces out-shot San Diego 13-5 in the second period and took a two-goal advantage when Scott banked a wrist shot from between the circles off the left post at 3:43. Just 40 seconds later, however, the Gulls got on the board when Pierre-Luc Sleigher whistled a wrist shot by Chris Beckford-Tseu in the top left corner.
After failing to convert a two-man advantage earlier in the period, Jesse Bennefield pulled San Diego into a 2-2 tie in another five-on-three situation at 7:54. With the Gulls still on the power play, Alaska answered only 21 seconds later when Cam Keith beat two San Diego players coming out of a corner and fed Scott, who beat Weiman with a backhander to give the Aces a 3-2 lead they would never relinquish. Scott fed Matt Shasby for a one-timer from the right circle that put the margin back at two goals with 5:07 left in the middle frame.
That goal turned out to be the game-winner when the Guillaume Fournier tipped in a Tomas Slovak drive from the point with 1:04 left in regulation and the extra attacker on the ice, bringing the Gulls to within 4-3. San Diego never seriously threatened over the final 64 seconds, so despite a 10-3 edge in shots on goal over the final 20 minutes, fell to 0-2 for the first time in the 11-year history of the club.