The Thunder played hard and it played well in the first game of its series against Alaska. But the defending champion Aces know how to win a tough playoff game, and it showed on Friday.
After two scoreless periods, Stockton finally scored on a goal by Greg Squires in the third. The Aces responded quickly with two goals in a five-minute span and won 2-1.
That’s a rough loss to take, but the Thunder proved it can play with Alaska. Now they have to learn to finish off a playoff game against a very experienced foe.