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Home is not so sweet for Ice Dogs

first_img“We did a nice job on the road,” Adduono said, “but we are at home now. You have to dominate at home.” After falling behind 3-1 early in the third period on goals by Alaska’s third line, the Ice Dogs made it interesting down the stretch. Ash Goldie got the Ice Dogs within a power-play goal with 5:14 left, his slap shot from the high slot sneaking through the pads of Alaska goalie Derek Gustafson and trickling over the goal line as players from both teams dived into the crease to either attempt to jam the puck in or knock it away. But there wasn’t any happy ending as the Aces held on. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Adduono has preached all season about the importance of winning home games – no less than at a .500 clip. But Ice Dogs have failed to accomplish that; their home record now at 10-15-1. If the Ice Dogs’ home record was at .500, they would be right with Victoria for the final playoff spot and in front of ninth-place Utah instead of at the bottom. However, the reality is they trail Victoria by eight points and two behind Utah. “I just told them that it’s unacceptable to lose at home,” Adduono said. “If you are going to make the playoffs, you have to win at home. You can’t lose more than 10 games at home, and now we are at 15.” Adduono was hoping the Ice Dogs would continue at home where they left off on the road, where they went 6-3 on the trip. But making a move up the standings in the first two games of a six-game homestand would be a tough chore for Long Beach (19-28-3), considering the ECHL-leading Aces (38-13-3) are in town. Instead, the Ice Dogs wasted the opportunity, falling to the Alaska Aces, 3-2, before a crowd of 2,313. “It’s a tough pill to swallow,” coach Rick Adduono said. “We needed to win this game.” center_img LONG BEACH – Home, sweet, home! Not for the Ice Dogs. After coming off a season-long but successful nine-game road trip, the Ice Dogs were back at the Long Beach Arena on Friday night with chance of getting out of the ECHL’s National Conference cellar and keeping pace for the eighth and final playoff spot. last_img read more