Emptying the notebook after the Stockton Thunder's 3-2 OT win Saturday night over the Alaska Aces, which evened the best-of-7, ECHL Western Conference semifinal series at 1-1:
The Aces' loss snapped their seven-game, home-ice winning streak at Sullivan Arena. They were 6-0 there last year on the way to the Kelly Cup and won 2-1 in Friday's opener. The last playoff loss on real home ice (not counting two games in Wasilla vs. Stockton in 2010) was a 4-2 loss to South Carolina in Game 7 of the 2009 Kelly Cup Finals.
That second-period goal by Aces defenseman Brandon Gentile to open the scoring marked his first pro playoff goal in 25 games.
That second-period goal by Aces winger Nick Mazzolini was his first pro playoff goal in North America. He had postseason cash-ins in Italy last season.
The Aces last were tied 1-1 in a playoff series in the opening round in 2010, when they split the first two with Stockton in Wasilla. Stockton won that best-of-5 in four games.
The Aces last were tied 1-1 in a best-of-7 series in the 2009 Kelly Cup Finals, when South Carolina won Game 1 in Anchorage and the Aces took Game 2. South Carolina hoisted the hardware in seven games, winning that Game 7 in Anchorage.
Stockton OT goal scorer Chris D'Alvise -- he has both OT winners in these playoffs for the Thunder -- pointed out how unusual it is for a team to get two power-play opportunities like the Thunder did Saturday night in OT. Looked back in Aces OT playoff history dating back to the 2007 playoffs and in the previous seven Aces OT games, no team received two power-play chances. That's not to say the calls against the Aces were bad. The Blog frankly didn't see the holding the stick call against center Ryan Cruthers at 4:34 of OT, but the penalty that led to D'Alvise's winning goal, a boarding call against Aces defenseman Tyson Marsh, was obvious -- he railed Jesse Fratkin into the end boards quite hard.
The Aces' power play has now failed 26 straight times dating back to the regular season. It is 0 of 5 in this series.
Stockton rookie goaltender Olivier Roy in the postseason is 4-1, 1.75, .941. Aces goalie Gerald Coleman is 1-1, 1.86, .927.
Stockton is 2-1 on the road in these playoffs, having won both those games in OT.
In these ECHL playoffs, road teams are 13-20.
And get this: Attendance at Games 1 and 2 at Sullivan Arena was a combined 10,433. In the four games played thus far in the ECHL Eastern Conference semifinals -- in Elmira and Kalamazoo -- the combined attendance in those matches was 7,308.