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BOISE-- The Idaho Steelheads couldn t find an answer for an onslaught of offense by the Alaska Aces, as the visiting team won Game 3 of the ECHL Western Conference semifinals, 5-2, on Monday night. The Aces now lead the best-of-seven series two games to one.

Alaska jumped out to an early lead on a breakaway when Tommy Mele poked in a loose rebound after being denied by Josh Robinson on his first attempt. The Steelheads countered just moments later when Jason Bast found Charlie Dodero at the high center point. The defenseman unleashed a scorching one-timer that beat Gerald Coleman to even the game at 1-1.

Alaska opened the second period with a pair of goals when Sean Curry beat Robinson on a nifty sidestep screen and Brendan Connolly chipped in a rebound to take a 3-1 lead. Idaho nearly responded with a late goal on a scramble in front of the net, but the referee waved the goal off due to an inadvertent whistle. The Steelheads managed their second goal just before the horn sounded on a breakaway redirection by William Rapuzzi to cut the lead to one.

Alaska added two more goals in the final frame, and Coleman kept the Steelheads at bay, sealing up the 5-2 win.

Coleman got the win in net, stopping 20-of-22 shots on goal, while Robinson recorded 29 saves in the loss.

Game 4 is set for Wednesday at CenturyLink Arena at 7:10 p.m.

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