ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Aces won Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night, with a 2-1 win over the Idaho Steelheads.
The game was the first in the second-round series. The Aces faced fifth-seeded Idaho after having a bye for the first round.
The Aces started out on the dominating end of the game, though their first goal didn’t come until after the 18-minute mark. And who other to score that goal than ECHL MVP Wes Goldie.
The Aces had a little more trouble with the Steelheads in the second period, but were able to hold their lead.
The third period started off with a bit of back-and-forth, but the Steelheads struck first, with a goal from Mark Derlago, that struck the upper right corner of Gerald Coleman’s net. Derlago was assisted by Kael Mouillierat and Chad Nehring.