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D’Alvise, Thunder repeat overtime heroics to level series at 1 and 1

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POSTED April 16, 2012 1:26 a.m.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Chris D’Alvise scored off the rush with 10:41 left in sudden death overtime to cap a heroic comeback by the Stockton Thunder in a 3-2 victory over the Alaska Aces in game two of the Western Conference Semifinal before 5,561 fans at Sullivan Arena on Saturday. 

The Thunder tied the best of seven series, 1-1 and swiped home ice advantage with the next three games scheduled at Stockton Arena. D’Alvise’s overtime goal was his second of the postseason and the Thunder won their sixth consecutive playoff game in overtime.

 “Tonight was very satisfying for us,” said Thunder head coach Matt Thomas. “Being on the road we knew we needed to win one game to have a chance in the series. That put a lot of pressure on us and I’m proud for how  the guys handled it. We got a couple of power play opportunities (in overtime) and we were finally able to cash in.”

 D’Alvise, Campbell and Baker combined for five points (3g-2a) in the victory, who helped hand Alaska their first postseason loss at home since 2010 (against the Thunder), breaking a seven game win streak. It was also Alaska’s first loss in the playoffs at Sullivan Arena since game seven of the 2009 Kelly Cup Final.

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