For what it's worth, with the Alaska Aces facing an elimination game tonight at Sullivan Arena against the Las Vegas Wranglers in Game 5 of the ECHL's Western Conference finals -- Vegas owns a 3-1 lead in the best-of-7 -- here's how both clubs have done in their ECHL franchise history is such situations.
When facing elimination, the Aces have gone 6-6 in their nine-season ECHL history. The last time the club faced elimination and staved it off came in the Kelly Cup Finals in 2009, when it trailed South Carolina 3-1. Alaska responded with a Game 5 win in South Carolina (3-2 on Colin Hemingway's goal 17:22 into OT at South Carolina) and a Game 6 win (3-2 in Anchorage on Matt Stefanishion's strike deep in the third period) before falling 4-2 at Sullivan Arena in Game 7.
As for the Wranglers, when they have an ECHL playoff opponent on the ropes, they have gone 10-8.
Only four times in league history has a team trailed 3-1 and come back to win the series. Las Vegas did it in 2006, winning Game 5 5-2 at Idaho, winning Game 6 6-0 at home and winning Game 7 6-2 at home.
Also, for what it's worth, the Aces didn't skate this morning, other than a few guys (mostly the spares) doing some light work.
Lastly, a note from the Western Conference: Idaho is hunting for a coach after deciding not to renew the contract of Hardy Sauter after two seasons.