Hutchings, Alex

ECHL Game Night: 11-24-12

Florida Everblades 1 @ Colorado Eagles 4

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 8-9-17, +1, 17 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-5-6, +1, 15 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 7 GP, 1-0-1, -4, 10 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: L, 3.09 GAA, 21 S / 24 A (.875 SV%)
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-4-1, 0 SO, 3.46 GAA, 253 S / 286 SA (.885 SV%)

Matt Forney (2 G, 1 A) and Chad Costello (1 G, 1 A) helped propel Colorado past Florida Saturday and clinch the three-game weekend set between the two clubs. After falling behind 2-0, the Everblades got on the board when Eagles defenseman Riley Nelson misplayed the puck in his own end, sending the puck towards, underneath G Adam Brown and into Colorado's goal. Brayden Irwin was credited with the lone Florida goal. Hutchings, who has had a November to remember with 12 points (8 G, 4 A) in 8 games, and put up three goals and an assist against Colorado in the first two games of the weekend series, was held scoreless. Charles Landry was called up to Syracuse before the match. Florida (7-7-4, 18 PTS) now returns home to rest up for Friday's tilt against division-rival Greenville (12-6-1, 25 PTS).

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Alaska Aces 5 @ Utah Grizzlies 4 (OT)

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-2-2, +1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 18 GP, 4-11-15, +3, 16 PIM

Alaska won its second overtime game of the season after Nick Mazzolini scored in the final minute to force the extra session and Zach Harrison fired the game-winner from the slot before the game could be decided by shootout. Thompson had two primary helpers, the first on a first period tally by Sean Curry and the second after helping get the puck to the net where Mazzolini would find and bury it during the ensuing goalmouth scramble. Brandon Dubinsky remains out due to injury. Next up on the docket for Alaska (13-5-0, 26 PTS) is a showdown with Stockton (11-3-1, 23 PTS), the other division leader in the Western conference, on Wednesday.

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ECHL Game Night: 11-23-12

Florida Everblades 5 @ Colorado Eagles 6 (OT)

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 1-1-2, E, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 8-9-17, +1, 17 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, +2, 2 SOG, 2 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 1-5-6, +1, 15 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 4 PIM (hooking, high-sticking)
Season totals: 6 GP, 1-0-1, -3, 10 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-3-1, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, 232 S / 262 SA (.885 SV%)

Alex Hutchings scored to give Florida a lead a few minutes into the third period but Colorado evened the score less than a minute later and eventually came out out of the contest with the second point after coming out on top in a five-round shootout. Hutchings registered the primary assist on Mathieu Roy's power play strike in the late stages of the second period before potting his goal, which also came with the man-advantage, by maneuvering his way into enough space to rifle a shot past Jones high and glove-side to give him his fourth point in the past two games. Florida, which was nearly doubled up in shots, 38-21, got a big offensive boost with its power play, going 3-for-8 with the man-advantage, but the penalty-killing was less impressive as the Eagles scored twice while the Everblades were down a man. Both teams scored a power play goal and were a combined 2-9 with the man-advantage. After going scoreless the past couple games, Landry had one of the helpers on the game's opening goal when Aaron Bogosian gathered the puck behind the net and buried his wraparound attempt. Nagle sat in favor of Carolina G prospect John Muse for the second-straight game. Maxime Langelier-Parent remains inactive for the Everblades. Florida (7-6-4, 18 PTS) finishes its three-game set and concludes its current road trip against Colorado (7-7-3, 17 PTS) Saturday night.

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Alaska Aces 5 @ Utah Grizzlies 1

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-1-1, +2, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 17 GP, 4-9-13, +2, 16 PIM

Former Lightning prospect and ECHL goalie-of-the-year Gerald Coleman stopped all but one of thirty shots while backstopping Alaska to a sound thumping over Utah, which remains at the bottom of the Mountain division standings. Thompson got the primary assist on the first of Joey Crabb's two goals, an even-strength strike a few minutes into the second period that gave the Aces a 4-1 lead, after firing a shot and Crabb pounced on the resulting rebound. Brandon Dubinsky remains out due to injury. Alaska (12-5-0, 24 PTS) continues its road trip with another tilt against Utah (6-8-1, 13 PTS) Saturday evening.

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ECHL Game Night: 11-21-12

Florida Everblades 7 @ Colorado Eagles 4

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 2-0-2, +1, 6 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 7-8-15, +1, 17 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 2 SOG, 2 PIM (interference)
Season totals: 15 GP, 1-4-5, +1, 15 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 1-0-1, +1, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 6 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-3-1, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, 232 S / 262 SA (.885 SV%)

After a scoreless first period, Florida fell behind briefly before scoring four times in the second and three more times in the third to close out the first match in a three-game set against Colorado. The Eagles managed to keep the score within a goal heading into the final period but Alex Hutchings' breakaway goal, scored by gathering a loose puck and lifting a backhand deke over Colorado netminder Kyle Jones, gave the Everblades a 6-3 lead with roughly ten minutes to play. The Eagles struck again a few minutes later but Hutchings skated the puck into an empty net for his second of the game with Jones pulled for an extra attacker. Florida narrowly outshot the home squad 35-31 for the game. Both teams scored a power play goal and were a combined 2-9 with the man-advantage. Daniel Milan, in the lineup for the third-straight game, registered his first goal of the season when he threw the puck from the corner towards the Colorado net and it fortuitously redirected into the net off of Jones. Maxime Langelier-Parent remains inactive for the Everblades. Florida (7-6-3, 17 PTS) and Colorado (6-7-3, 15 PTS) square off again Friday night.

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Alaska Aces 1 @ Idaho Steelheads 2

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 16 GP, 4-8-12, E, 16 PIM

Trailing 2-0 entering the third period, Alaska managed to mount a furious 16-shot comeback attempt and get within a goal but, after a last-second game-tying goal was waived off, its winning streak came to an end at six games Wednesday night. Josh Robinson, who finished the game with thirty total saves (the bulk of which came over the last two frames), was superb in net for the Steelheads and his counterpart, Mark Guggenberger, in turning aside all but two of Idaho's twenty-eight shots, was solid at the other end as well. Alaska's trio of NHL forwards (Crabb, Gomez and Thompson) put up a combined nine shots on goal but were held pointless. Brandon Dubinsky, injured several weeks ago in a win over Las Vegas, is still out of the lineup nursing a broken hand. Alaska (11-5-0, 22 PTS) will begin a weekend showdown with Utah (6-7-1, 13 PTS) on Friday.

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ECHL Game Night: 11-17-12

Florida Everblades 2 @ South Carolina Stingrays 3

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 5-8-13, E, 17 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 1-4-5, -1, 13 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 4 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: L, 3.07 GAA, 14 S / 17 SA (.824 SV%)
Season totals: 9 GP, 4-3-1, 0 SO, 3.50 GAA, 232 S / 262 SA (.885 SV%)

After both teams held each other in check through the first two periods, South Carolina and Florida combined for five goals in the third period. The Stingrays came out on top by managing three goals on just five shots in the last twenty minutes; the Everblades, who rattled off twenty-three shots over the course of the final two frames, were largely foiled by the strong play of opposing netminder Ryan Zapolski (27 saves on 29 total shots). Pat Nagle got within a period of an impressive conclusion to his second start in as many nights but, after getting beat high to his glove-side for the first Stingrays goal, circumstances sabotaged his stat line as Nagle was bested by a screen and a tip-in out front on the second and third goals he allowed. FW Matt Beca and D Taylor Ellington scored for Florida with both goals coming on the power play and D Mathieu Roy registering the two primary assists. The trio of Lightning skaters in the match had quiet nights. Most notably, last week's Player of the Week, Hutchings, had his five-game point streak come to an end. Milan, after being penalized twice the night before, managed to stay out of the box. Maxime Langelier-Parent remains inactive. Florida (6-6-3, 15 PTS) finishes up its road trip with a three-game set against Colorado (6-6-3, 15 PTS) beginning Wednesday.

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Alaska Aces 5 @ Colorado Eages 4 (OT)

F Nate Thompson, AK: 1-0-1, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 15 GP, 4-8-12, +1, 16 PIM

Joey Crabb, Nate Thompson, Scott Gomez and Nick Mazzolini all scored to spot Alaska a 4-1 lead by the end of the second period and the Aces held on to complete a three-game sweep of Colorado and keep its winning streak alive at six games. Gomez, who led the way for the Aces with a goal and two assists now has five points (2 G, 3 A) in the three games he's played since signing with Alaska. Thompson found the net for the second straight game and now has a three-game point streak, potting three goals and two assists against Colorado over the past several days. Alaska (11-4-0, 22 PTS) returns to action against division-rival Idaho (9-3-2, 20 PTS) Wednesday night.

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ECHL Game Night: 11-16-12

Florida Everblades 4 @ South Carolina Stingrays 2 (OT)

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 5-8-13, E, 17 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 13 GP, 1-4-5, -1, 13 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: 0-0-0, E, 0 SOG, 4 PIM (interference, high-sticking)
Season totals: 3 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 2.00 GAA, 25 S / 27 SA (.926 SV%)
Season totals: 8 GP, 4-2-1, 0 SO, 3.55 GAA, 218 S / 245 SA (.890 SV%)

It was an unusual recipe for a win but Florida scored shorthanded three different times to send South Carolina, for now, to the bottom of the South division standings. The Stingrays took the initial lead before the Everblades reeled off four special teams goals in less than ten minutes time spanning the first and second periods. Florida's Mathieu Roy had the power play marker which tied the game at one; Matt Marquardt, Trevor Bruess and Aaron Bogosian also scored for the Everblades. Hutchings, who earned last week's Player of the Week honors, extended his point-scoring streak to five games with an assist on Florida's second goal by Marquardt, which came on a 2-on-1 shorthanded rush that Marquardt finished with a sharp, elevated wrister. Hutchings has five goals and three assists during this span. Landry, with his assist, had his second point in the last three games and Nagle rebounded well after allowing seven goals against Gwinnett last Saturday to earn his fourth win of the season. Daniel Milan, who's been recovering from injury, returned to the lineup for the first time in over a month as the last game action he saw was the second game of the season against Orlando. Milan was the player in the sin-bin for Florida's two shorthanded tallies by Marquardt and Bruess. Maxime Langelier-Parent remains inactive. The Everblades (6-5-3, 15 PTS) and Stingrays (6-9-1, 13 PTS) renew hostilities again Saturday night in Charleston.

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Alaska Aces 5 @ Colorado Eages 4 (OT)

F Nate Thompson, AK: 2-1-3, +2, 7 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 14 GP, 3-8-11, E, 16 PIM

With his first multi-goal game of the season, Nate Thompson helped spark Alaska to a comeback victory over Colorado Friday night which extended the Aces winning-streak to five games. Joey Crabb. Alaska kept Colorado netminder Kyle Jones busy, registering double-digit shot totals in each period and out-shooting their divisional rivals 40-25 for the game, but had to rally from a 3-1 first period deficit after Colorado, for the second straight game, capitalized on multiple scoring opportunities in the first period. Aces D Kane Lafranchise had a goal and an assist to mark a four-game scoring streak and G Mark Guggenberger earned his night win despite having a subpar night by his standards. Alaska (10-4-0, 20 PTS) and Colorado (6-5-3, 15 PTS) will close out their three-game set in Anchorage on Saturday night.

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ECHL Game Night: 11-15-12

Florida Everblades 5 @ Greenville Road Warriors 6 (OT)

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 0-1-1, -1, 3 SOG, 4 PIM (roughing, tripping)
Season totals: 12 GP, 5-7-12, +1, 17 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-3-4, -2, 13 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-2-1, 0 SO, 3.79 GAA, 193 S / 218 SA (.885 SV%)

Florida took a 3-1 lead into the first intermission before later squandering a 5-3 lead in the third period and losing the game in overtime when Greenville's Brendan Connolly took a cross-ice dish from former Everblade Sebastien Piche and delivered a wrister that beat Muse high. Connolly's goal came with just twenty seconds remaining in the extra session. Florida had a good night on special teams, scoring on three of its four power play opportunities and killing off all but one of Greenville's five stints with the man-advantage, but Greenville countered by carrying even-strength play for the bulk of the second and third periods. Hutchings, who earned an assist on Florida's first goal after he fired a shot Brandon MacLean buried on the rebound, extended his scoring streak to four games (during which he has 5 G and 2 A). Landry was quiet and Nagle rode the pine tonight. Daniel Milan and Maxime Langelier-Parent remain inactive. Florida (5-5-3) now heads to Charleston to face South Carolina (6-9-1) for a two-game weekend set that starts tomorrow night. Both teams are currently tied at the bottom of the South Division standings with 13 points.

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Prospect of the Week: November 12, 2012

This week we continue our Prospect of the Week award, an honor (virtually) given to one Tampa Bay Lightning prospect for their recent contributions on and off the ice.

This week’s winner scored five goals in three games.

The Prospect of the Week for November 12 is … Alex Hutchings, winger, Florida (ECHL – USA)

While many focusing on how the NHL lockout is affecting NHL players, coaches, administration, and even arena workers, the work stoppage is having a drastic effect on minor league players. Players like Alex Hutchings.

ECHL Game Night: 11-10-12

Florida Everblades 6 vs. Gwinnett Gladiators 7

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 1-0-1, +2, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 5-6-11, +2, 8 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 1-0-1, +2, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 11 GP, 1-3-4, E, 13 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: L, 7.00 GAA, 33 S / 40 SA (.825 SV%)
Season totals: 7 GP, 3-2-1, 0 SO, 3.79 GAA, 193 S / 218 SA (.885 SV%)

Florida, which rallied from an early two-goal deficit and held a 5-2 lead until midway through the game, gave one of the league powerhouses all it wanted in an entertaining game it ended up losing in dramatic fashion by allowing Gwinnett to score five times over a ten-minute stretch spanning the late second and early third periods. Special teams play was every bit the difference-maker as the Gladiators power play unit proved nearly perfect, scoring four of the five times they held the man advantage. The Gladiators outshot the Everblades 40-30 for the game. Nagle's numbers were ugly and there's the old adage that a goalie needs to be a team's best penalty-killer but the team defense in front of him bears some scrutiny as well. Hutchings, who scored for the third straight game to earn his sixth point (5 G, 1 A) during that span, brought the Everblades within a goal with about a minute and a half remaining in the game. Landry also scored, notching his first goal of the season early in the second that, at the time, capped off a five-goal Everblades run. Daniel Milan and Maxime Langelier-Parent remain inactive. Florida (5-4-2) now has time to lick its wounds before hitting the road to face Greenville (9-4-1) next Thursday in another tough divisional showdown.

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Alaska Aces 6 @ Las Vegas Wranglers 4

F Nate Thompson, AK: 1-0-1, +1, 4 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 12 GP, 1-6-7, -1, 16 PIM

Alaska blew a two-all game wide open by finding the net four times in the second period and riding the large lead to its third-straight victory against Las Vegas. Tommy Mele and Nick Mazzolini, duplicating his performance last night, scored twice for Alaska while Nate Thompson buried a feed from Joey Crabb on a shorthanded two-on-one break to tie the game at one. For Thompson, it was his first goal of the season. Crabb was later ejected from the game along with Las Vegas' Channing Boe as both were given game misconducts after fighting each other. Alaska (8-4-0) is now set to return home and prepare for divisional-rival Colorado (6-4-2) on Wednesday.

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ECHL Game Night: 11-9-12

Florida Everblades 5 vs. Elmira Jackals 3

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 3-0-3, +2, 3 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 4-6-7, E, 8 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, -1, 0 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 13 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-1-1, 0 SO, 3.20 GAA, 160 S / 178 SA (.899 SV%)

It was a big night for Lightning prospect Alex Hutchings whose hat trick (video) helped propel Florida over Elmira in a game that got close towards the end before Hutchings was able to bury a breakaway opportunity with just under two minutes remaining to put the game out of reach. Hutchings scored for the second straight game and now has five points, sixteen shots and is +3 through four games to start November. Pat Nagle had the night off as Hurricanes prospect John Muse started in net for the Everblades and stopped 34 of 37 shots to earn his second win of the season, his first since October 12th against Orlando. Daniel Milan and Maxime Langelier-Parent remain inactive. Florida (5-4-2) returns to action tonight at home against a divisional foe, the Gwinnett Gladiators (9-3-1), who are currently atop the South division.

Hat tip to SwampHockey for passing along the footage of Hutchings' hat trick.

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Alaska Aces 2 @ Las Vegas Wranglers 1

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-0-0, E, 5 SOG, 2 PIM (tripping)
Season totals: 11 GP, 0-6-6, -2, 16 PIM

Alaska, buoyed by Nick Mazzolini's two goals and Mark Guggenberger's 30 saves, held off Las Vegas Friday night. After drawing first blood with a power play tally, the Aces regained the lead late in the second period when Mazzonlini got his stick on the puck as it came through the the low slot, deflecting it past the Wranglers' Joe Fallon, who had a solid night himself turning away 35 shots including several stops during a 5-on-3 opportunity for Alaska midway through the third period. Las Vegas held Alaska's locked-out trio of Joey Crabb, Brandon Dubinsky and Nate Thompson in check tonight, as they collectively managed ten shots and were penalized twice. Alaska (7-4-0) continues its short series against Las Vegas (3-5-1) tomorrow night.

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ECHL Game Night: 11-7-12

Florida Everblades 6 vs. Elmira Jackals 3

F Alex Hutchings, FLA: 1-1-2, +1, 4 SOG, 5 PIM
Season totals: 9 GP, 1-6-7, -2, 13 PIM

D Charles Landry, FLA: 0-0-0, +2, 1 SOG, 2 PIM (holding)
Season totals: 9 GP, 0-3-3, -2, 13 PIM

F Maxime Langelier-Parent, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 1 GP, 1-0-1, -1, 2 SOG, 0 PIM
(Syracuse Crunch contract)

D Daniel Milan, FLA: Did not play
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -2, 0 SOG, 0 PIM

G Pat Nagle, FLA: W, 3.00 GAA, 36 S / 39 SA (.909 SV%)
Season totals: 6 GP, 3-1-1, 0 SO, 3.20 GAA, 160 S / 178 SA (.899 SV%)

Florida found itself up 3-0 just past the halfway point of the first before Elmira soon after scored twice in under a minute to send the Everblades into the first intermission nursing a slight lead. However, unlike other recent games, Florida managed to extend their lead twice in the second and then close out a pressing Elmira squad in the final frame. Matt Marquardt got the high honors Wednesday night, scoring twice (including the game-winner) and registering the team high in shots for the game. Alex Hutchings and Pat Nagle didn't earn any honors tonight but, Hutchings, who was blanked the past two games, managed his third multipoint game of the season and Nagle, who was was well-tested, mostly held the fort for Florida. Hutchings also earned his first fighting major of the season as part of a melee midway through the final frame. Daniel Milan and Maxime Langelier-Parent remain inactive. Both teams have a rest day before the Everblades (4-4-2) and Jackals (6-3-0) go at it again on Friday night in Estero.

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Alaska Aces 1 @ Las Vegas Wranglers 0

F Nate Thompson, AK: 0-1-1, +1, 1 SOG, 0 PIM
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-6-6, -2, 14 PIM

Aces netminder Mark Guggenberger made 26 saves to secure a shutout victory over the Wranglers. Nate Thompson earned the only assist on the lone goal, scored by Joey Crabb, in the contest. Montreal's Scott Gomez, whom the Aces announced earlier Wednesday would be joining the club, was not in the lineup. Las Vegas (3-4-1) hosts Alaska (6-4-0) again on Friday night.

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