BOISE, Idaho -- With Sunday night's 7-2 loss to the Idaho Steelheads, the Alaska Aces are up against it -- a wall, if you must know -- in a big way.
Now they must win three straight games -- Tuesday night's Game 5, then a set back home -- in order to advance the Kelly Cup Finals and defend their title.
That's some tall order -- that's not Zdeno Chara tall, that's Manute Bol and Shawn Bradley tall.
If you Aces fans care, here are our picks for the three stars from Game 4. Not surprisingly, none are Aces.
Game 4’s Three Stars
1. Marty Flichel, Idaho center: Bounced back from Game 3 knee injury to bag two goals.
2. John Lammers, Idaho wing: Scored pivotal go-ahead goal, added three helpers.
3. Francis Wathier, Idaho center: Back from Iowa of AHL for first game of playoffs, provided huge hustle assist on Lammers’ goal.