The Alaska Aces continue a season long eight game homestand and face the Utah Grizzlies at Sullivan Arena in the final meeting of the regular season between the two teams. The Aces are 59-18-5 in the lifetime series. The last meeting between the two teams was last night and the Aces cruised to a 5-1 victory at Sullivan Arena. The Aces are 4-1-0 in the season series and in the last four meetings, the Aces have outscored Utah by a combined total of 12-2 en route to four straight wins.
The Aces will wear specialty "Hawaiian Night" jerseys, which will be auctioned to fans in attendance immediately following the game. One lucky fan in attendance will also win a trip to Hawaii, courtesy of Alaska Airlines.
GAME: Alaska Aces vs. Utah Grizzlies
DATE: Saturday, December 21, 2013
TIME: 7:15 p.m.
SITE: Sullivan Arena
TV: GCI Channel 1
RADIO: 103.7FM/750 AM KFQD
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Alaska Aces: Calgary Flames
Utah Grizzlies: Anaheim Ducks
NOTE OF THE NIGHT
The Aces are 14-2-0 this season in games when they allow two goals or less.
AK 5 – UTA 1 (12/20/13): Olivier Roy made 36 saves and the Alaska Aces (16-7-1, 33 points) used three goals in the first six minutes to roll over the Utah Grizzlies in a 5-1 victory before 4,466 fans at Sullivan Arena on Saturday. The Aces, who improved to 4-1-0 in the series while outscoring the Grizzlies 12-4, were lifted each in three point efforts by Evan Trupp and Mathew Sisca. The Aces won their fourth straight home game and improved to 8-2-0 at Sullivan Arena in their second game of an eight game homestand.
- Sean Curry is 5 games away from 700 in his professional career
- Brendan Connolly is 4 goals away from 100 in his professional career
The Aces are 8-2-0 at Sullivan Arena this season … they have a lifetime home record of 265-73-30 since entering the ECHL in 2003-04 … the Aces entered this season with the all-time best win percentage at home (.756) … at home, the Aces have allowed just 14 goals, fewest in the ECHL this season … the Aces are 4-0-0 when leading after one period at home … their eight-game homestand (Dec. 18-Jan. 4) is their longest of the regular season – they’re 2-0-0 in that stretch.
AS GOOD AS GOLDIE
Wes Goldie is set to become the first former member of the Alaska Aces to be inducted into the ECHL Hall of Fame, announced on Thursday in conjunction with the ECHL. Goldie, who is the league’s all-time leading goal scorer (370) and won a Kelly Cup with the Aces in 2010-11, will be inducted into the 2014 Hall of Fame class along with James Edwards, Al MacIsaac and John Spoltore on Feb. 7 at the league’s Hall of Fame luncheon at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel & Spa. The Stanley Cup will also make an appearance at the festivities, Feb. 7-8 in Anchorage.
Entering the weekend, the Aces lead the ECHL for shots on goal per game (33.3) … per game, the Aces are outshooting the opposition 33-24 and fired a season high 46 shots on Oct. 26 in a 7-2 win at Las Vegas … their 40 shots on goal, last Saturday at Idaho was the most they fired since Oct. 27 vs. Las Vegas.
CLOSING THE DEAL
Part of the Aces 14 wins this season has come with third period defense … the Aces have allowed just 11 goals in the third period this season (fewest, ECHL) … their 193 shots allowed in the third period are third fewest allowed in the Western Conference … the Aces have surrendered a goal in the third period just twice in the previous eight games.
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
- Currently, the Aces lead the ECHL in fewest goals allowed per game (1.8) and fewest shots allowed per game (24.1).
- Defenseman James Martin is second among ECHL defensemen in plus/minus (+15)
- Martin and Brad Richard are tied for Aces lead among defensemen with nine points.
- The Aces have eight games of allowing 20 shots or less this season.
- The Aces have allowed 192 shots on the second period (fewest in the ECHL)