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GAME 2: Aces-Cincinnati

May 31st, 2014

The 2014 Kelly Cup Finals continues at Sullivan Arena tonight with Game 2 between the Alaska Aces and Cincinnati Cyclones. It is the first appearance in the Cup Finals for the Aces since 2011, when they claimed their second championship by defeating Kalamazoo, 4-1. The Aces have now appeared in four Kelly Cup Finals, an ECHL record. Cincinnati is tied for second all-time in Kelly Cup Finals appearances (3). Cincinnati last appeared in the Kelly Cup Finals in 2010 (defeating Idaho, 4-1). The Aces met Cincinnati in the 2013-14 preseason and split two games at Sullivan Arena. [READ MORE]

ACES BRING ON UAA ALUMNUS GUNDERSON

May 31st, 2014

The Alaska Aces, proud ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, announced today that the team has signed rookie goaltender Rob Gunderson to an amateur tryout offer (ATO) contract. Gunderson, a product of the University of Alaska-Anchorage (NCAA), returns to Sullivan Arena after helping boost the Seawolves to an appearance in the WCHA Final Five during his 2013-14 senior season. He will join Gerald Coleman and Olivier Roy on the Aces roster and wear jersey #1. [READ MORE]

GOTTA HAVE 'MO COWBELL

May 31st, 2014

Jordan Morrison buried two goals and added an assist while Gerald Coleman’s relief effort turned aside all 13 shots to rally the Alaska Aces over the Cincinnati Cyclones in a 5-3 victory at Sullivan Arena in Game 1 of the Kelly Cup Finals on Friday.   Tickets for Game 2 are on sale now at Ticketmaster.com and can be purchased in person at the Aces ticket office from 10am-5pm on Saturday, offering discounts as low as $12.50 for groups of 10 or more.   [READ MORE]

GAME 1: Aces-Cincinnati

May 29th, 2014

The 2014 Kelly Cup Finals opens at Sullivan Arena tonight with Game 1 between the Alaska Aces and Cincinnati Cyclones. It is the first appearance in the Cup Finals for the Aces since 2011, when they claimed their second championship by defeating Kalamazoo, 4-1. The Aces have now appeared in four Kelly Cup Finals, an ECHL record. Cincinnati is tied for second all-time in Kelly Cup Finals appearances (3). Cincinnati last appeared in the Kelly Cup Finals in 2010 (defeating Idaho, 4-1). The Aces met Cincinnati in the 2013-14 preseason and split two games at Sullivan Arena. [READ MORE]

KELLY CUP FINALS OPEN FRIDAY

May 28th, 2014

The first seeded Alaska Aces announced they are scheduled to face the fourth seeded Cincinnati Cyclones in the Kelly Cup Final and will begin the round with Game 1 on Friday, May 30 at Sullivan Arena, opening a best-of-seven series. Tickets for games at Sullivan Arena are on sale at the ACES offices (corner of 15th and Gambell) beginning at Noon on Wednesday, May 28, by calling 907-258-ACES or visiting Ticketmaster. [READ MORE]

THAT'S FINAL

May 28th, 2014

Captain Nick Mazzolini registered his third straight three point game and Gerald Coleman made 16 saves to lift the Alaska Aces into the Kelly Cup Finals in a 4-1 victory over the Bakersfield Condors at Sullivan Arena on Tuesday.   [READ MORE]

GAME 6: Aces-Bakersfield

May 27th, 2014

The Alaska Aces continue the Western Conference Final with Game 6 against the Bakersfield Condors, an elimination game, at Sullivan Arena. It is the third all-time meeting between the teams in the postseason and the Aces are 10-4, head-to-head against the Condors in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Aces went 6-1-1 against Bakersfield this season with a 1-1-0 record at Rabobank Arena. The appearance in the Conference Finals is the 7th for the Aces in 11 ECHL seasons.GAME 6 – WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL [READ MORE]

AIR TIGHT ACES

May 25th, 2014

Captain Nick Mazzolini collected a goal, added two assists and Olivier Roy only had to make 11 saves for his first career playoff shutout, helping the Alaska Aces sink the Bakersfield Condors in a 4-0 victory in Game 5 of the Western Conference Final before 4,708 fans at Rabobank Arena on Sunday.   [READ MORE]

GAME 5: Aces-Bakersfield

May 25th, 2014

The Alaska Aces continue the Western Conference Final with Game 5 against the Bakersfield Condors at Rabobank Arena. It is the third all-time meeting between the teams in the postseason and the Aces are 9-4, head-to-head against the Condors in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Aces went 6-1-1 against Bakersfield this season with a 1-1-0 record at Rabobank Arena. The appearance in the Conference Finals is the 7th for the Aces in 11 ECHL seasons.GAME 5 – WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME: Alaska Aces at Bakersfield Condors   [READ MORE]

SERIES GOES DEUCES, ACES GO WILD

May 25th, 2014

Nick Mazzolini scored 13 seconds into the game and the Alaska Aces ripped off three goals in the first 4:06 to cruise to a 4-1 win over the Bakersfield Condors, tying the Western Conference Final series at 2-2 before 5,661 fans at Rabobank Arena on Saturday.The win guaranteed the series to return to Alaska for Game 6 next Tuesday and the Aces were buoyed by Gerald Coleman’s 24 saves. Mazzolini earned two goals and an assist (all in the first period), while Kane Lafranchise and Turner Elson each scored a goal.   [READ MORE]

GAME 4: Aces-Bakersfield

May 24th, 2014

The Alaska Aces continue the Western Conference Final with Game 4 against the Bakersfield Condors at Rabobank Arena. It is the third all-time meeting between the teams in the postseason and the Aces are 8-4, head-to-head against the Condors in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Aces went 6-1-1 against Bakersfield this season with a 1-1-0 record at Rabobank Arena. The appearance in the Conference Finals is the 7th for the Aces in 11 ECHL seasons.GAME 4 – WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME: Alaska Aces at Bakersfield Condors   [READ MORE]

BENTON'S BLOG: NEVER OUT OF A GAME

May 24th, 2014

No matter what, you're always in it, when it comes to a Kelly Cup Playoff series. Game 4 is tonight in Bakersfield. Alaska Aces TV and radio voice Mike Benton, who has called three ECHL All-Star Games and is in his ninth season behind the mic in professional hockey, files another installment of his new blog entry. He drops in from time to time at AlaskaAces.com.Reach Mike on Twitter at @Benton_Mike. [READ MORE]

RALLY RUNS OUT

May 23rd, 2014

Four goals in the final 40 minutes spearheaded a furious rally for the Alaska Aces which fell short in a 5-4 defeat to the Bakersfield Condors, who took a 2-1 series lead in Game 3 of the Western Conference Final before 6,411 fans at Rabobank Arena on Friday.   The Aces, who nearly twice crawled out of their biggest deficit in the playoffs, earned goals by Tommy Mele, Nick Mazzolini, Jordan Morrison and Turner Elson while Zach Davies chipped in with two assists from the blueline.   [READ MORE]

GAME 3: Aces-Bakersfield

May 23rd, 2014

The Alaska Aces continue the Western Conference Final with Game 3 against the Bakersfield Condors at Rabobank Arena. It is the third all-time meeting between the teams in the postseason and the Aces are 8-3, head-to-head against the Condors in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Aces went 6-1-1 against Bakersfield this season with a 1-1-0 record at Rabobank Arena. The appearance in the Conference Finals is the 7th for the Aces in 11 ECHL seasons.GAME 3 – WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL GAME: Alaska Aces at Bakersfield Condors   [READ MORE]

THEY WEAR IT WELL

May 19th, 2014

Throughout the 2013-14 season, following tradition of previous years, regular season games at Sullivan Arena mean more than just glacier blue, white and black. Sure, the colors ring true to Aces form since day one of ECHL play. But at certain times, having "fun" for one night means a creative approach to Aces hockey. That creative approach worked for many specialty jerseys this season, ranging from Pink, to Hawaiian, Military Appreciation, St. Patrick's Day and the Calgary Flames classic colors in Hockey Heritage Weekend.  [READ MORE]

FIT TO BE TIED

May 17th, 2014

Gary Steffes’ game-winning goal at 2:53 thwarted an Alaska Aces third period comeback and the Bakersfield Condors escaped, 3-2 in overtime, at Sullivan Arena on Saturday in Game 2 of the Western Conference Final.   The Aces, who fell to 14-11 all-time in overtime stages for the Kelly Cup Playoffs, rallied again in the third period and erased a 2-0 deficit on goals by Evan Trupp and Brendan Connolly. Laurent Brossoit earned the win 24 saves while Aces goaltender Gerald Coleman, absorbing his only two postseason losses in overtime, stopped 19 shots.   [READ MORE]

GAME 2: Aces-Bakersfield

May 17th, 2014

The Alaska Aces continue the Western Conference Final with Game 2 against the Bakersfield Condors at Sullivan Arena. It is the third all-time meeting between the teams in the postseason and the Aces are 8-2, head-to-head against the Condors in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Aces went 6-1-1 against Bakersfield this season with a 5-0-1 record at Sullivan Arena (sole loss was 3-2, in a shootout on Mar. 9). The appearance in the Conference Finals is the 7th for the Aces in 11 ECHL seasons.GAME 2 – WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL [READ MORE]

ACES BREAK ON THROUGH

May 17th, 2014

Jordan Morrison’s wrist shot beat Laurent Brossoit with 2:29 left in regulation to lift the Alaska Aces in a come-from-behind, 2-1 victory over the Bakersfield Condors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Final on Friday at Sullivan Arena.The Aces, who moved to within three wins of advancing to their fourth appearance in the Kelly Cup Final, erased their first deficit after two periods on goals by Morrison and Evan Trupp (just 53 seconds into the third period). [READ MORE]

GAME 1: Aces-Bakersfield

May 16th, 2014

The Alaska Aces open the Western Conference Final with Game 1 against the Bakersfield Condors at Sullivan Arena. It is the third all-time meeting between the teams in the postseason and the Aces are 7-2, head-to-head against the Condors in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Aces went 6-1-1 against Bakersfield this season with a 5-0-1 record at Sullivan Arena (sole loss was 3-2, in a shootout on Mar. 9). The appearance in the Conference Finals is the 7th for the Aces in 11 ECHL seasons.GAME 1 – WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL  [READ MORE]

AND THEN THERE WERE FOUR

May 15th, 2014

It's down to four teams, vying for the Kelly Cup. Read on from ECHL.com's preview of the Conference Finals, featuring the Aces, Bakersfield Condors, Cincinnati Cyclones and Greenville Road Warriors. The 2014 Western Conference Finals marks the third all-time postseason meeting between Alaska and Bakersfield. The Aces have won both of the previous meetings, winning 3 games to 2 in the 2005 West Division Semifinals and 4 games to 0 in the 2007 National Conference Semifinals. [READ MORE]

CONFERENCE FINALS SET: ACES vs CONDORS

May 10th, 2014

The first seeded Alaska Aces announced they are scheduled to face the sixth seeded Bakersfield Condors in the Western Conference Final of the Kelly Cup Playoffs and will begin the round with Game 1 on Friday, May 16 at Sullivan Arena, opening a best-of-seven series. Tickets for games at Sullivan Arena are on sale at the ACES offices (corner of 15th and Gambell), by calling 907-258-ACES or visiting Ticketmaster. [READ MORE]

CONF. FINALS HOME DATES ANNOUNCED

May 8th, 2014

The Alaska Aces announced they are scheduled to open the Western Conference Final of the Kelly Cup Playoffs with Game 1 on Friday, May 16 in a set of four home dates confirmed at Sullivan Arena. Tickets will go on sale starting Friday morning, May 9 at the ACES offices (corner of 15th and Gambell) or by calling 907-258-ACES. [READ MORE]

FISH, FRIED

May 8th, 2014

Brendan Connolly's power play goal, 29 seconds into the third period stood as the game winner and Gerald Coleman made 26 saves to lift the Alaska Aces to a 2-1 victory and series win in Game 5 of the Western Conference Semifinals at CenturyLink Arena on Thursday. The Aces advanced to the Conference Finals for the seventh time in 11 seasons and will face the winner of the Stockton Thunder/Bakersfield Condors second round, led by Bakersfield 2-1. Alex Belzile scored Alaska's first goal of the evening while the Aces improved to 5-0 on the road in the postseason. [READ MORE]

GAME 5: Aces-Idaho

May 8th, 2014

The Alaska Aces continue the Western Conference Semifinals with Game 5 against the Idaho Steelheads at CenturyLink Arena. The Aces lead the series, 3-1 and it is the fifth lifetime matchup in the postseason between the two teams, the first since the 2011 second round series, won by Alaska, 4-0. The Aces went 6-3-3 against Idaho this season with seven of the final eight matchups decided by one goal.GAME 5 – WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL GAME: Alaska Aces at Idaho SteelheadsDATE: Thursday, May 8, 2014 [READ MORE]

FOUR-GONE CONCLUSION

May 7th, 2014

Nick Mazzolini scored twice and the Alaska Aces got all the offense they would need with four goals in the first period, en route to a 4-2 victory over the Idaho Steelheads in Game 4 of the Western Conference Semifinals at CenturyLink Arena. The Aces, who seized a 3-1 series lead and put Idaho on the brink of playoff elimination, were backstopped by Olivier Roy’s 18 saves and a 45-20 shots advantage in the game. WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Alaska leads, 3-1) [READ MORE]

GAME 4: Aces-Idaho

May 6th, 2014

With a chance to seize further control in the second round, the Alaska Aces continue the Western Conference Semifinals with Game 4 against the Idaho Steelheads at Sullivan Arena. It is the fifth lifetime matchup in the postseason between the two teams and is the first since the 2011 second round series, won by Alaska, 4-0. The Aces went 6-3-3 against Idaho this season with seven of the final eight matchups decided by one goal.GAME 4 – WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL GAME: Alaska Aces at Idaho SteelheadsDATE: Wednesday, May 7, 2014 [READ MORE]

ROAD SHOW

May 6th, 2014

A total of 12 different players hit the scoresheet, Nick Mazzolini led the way with a pair of assists and the Alaska Aces never trailed en route to a 5-2 victory in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals before 2,200 at Century Link Arena on Monday.   The Aces, who seized a 2-1 series lead and home ice advantage, scored twice in the final period to pull away from a one-goal lead, helping Gerald Coleman earn the win with 20 saves. Tommy Mele, Sean Curry, Brendan Connolly, Brett Findlay and Evan Trupp each scored for Alaska.   [READ MORE]

ACES REASSIGNED LAFRANCHISE

May 5th, 2014

The Alaska Aces, proud ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League, announced today that the Abbotsford Heat of the American Hockey League have reassigned defenseman Kane Lafranchise (Luh-FRANN-chyz) to the Aces. Lafranchise, 25, joins the Aces roster for the first time since Nov. 27 and will be available to suit up (jersey #6) in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semifinals tonight, starting at 5:10 p.m. (GCI/KFQD) at CenturyLink Arena. [READ MORE]

GAME 3: Aces-Idaho

May 5th, 2014

The Alaska Aces continue the Western Conference Semifinals with Game 3 against the Idaho Steelheads at Sullivan Arena. It is the fifth lifetime matchup in the postseason between the two teams and is the first since the 2011 second round series, won by Alaska, 4-0. The Aces went 6-3-3 against Idaho this season with seven of the final eight matchups decided by one goal.GAME 3 – WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL GAME: Alaska Aces at Idaho SteelheadsDATE: Monday, May 5, 2014TIME: 5:10 pm ADT [READ MORE]

WILD BOYS

May 3rd, 2014

Evan Trupp scored twice while Nick Mazzolini (two assists) and Alex Belzile (1g-1a) registered multi point games to lift the Alaska Aces to a 6-4 victory over the Idaho Steelheads in Game 2 of the Western Conference Semifinals at Sullivan Arena on Friday night. The Aces, providing an answer after a stunning Game 1 loss in overtime, received 18 saves from Olivier Roy while Zach McKelvie, Drew MacKenzie and Tommy Mele each chipped in with a goal. WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Series tied, 1-1) [READ MORE]

BATTLE BACK TIME

May 2nd, 2014

The Alaska Aces continue the Western Conference Semifinals with Game 2 against the Idaho Steelheads at Sullivan Arena. It is the fifth lifetime matchup in the postseason between the two teams and is the first since the 2011 second round series, won by Alaska, 4-0. The Aces went 6-3-3 against Idaho this season with seven of the final eight matchups decided by one goal.GAME 2 – WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL GAME: Alaska Aces vs. Idaho SteelheadsDATE: Friday, May 2, 2014TIME: 7:15 p.m. [READ MORE]

UPENDED IN OVERTIME

May 2nd, 2014

Gaelan Patterson converted a rebound at the goal mouth at 6:09 to help the Idaho Steelheads sneak by the Alaska Aces, 1-0 in overtime at Sullivan Arena in Game 1 of the Western Conference Semifinals. Josh Robinson stopped all 47 shots for the win and shutout. In spite of a 47-27 advantage in shots on goal, including a 32-10 mark after 40 minutes, the Aces had an eight-game winning streak in Game 1 snapped, suffering their first series opening defeat since the 2009 Kelly Cup Finals against South Carolina. [READ MORE]

GAME 1: Aces-Idaho

May 1st, 2014

Continuing a storied playoff rivalry, the Alaska Aces open the Western Conference Semifinals with Game 1 against the Idaho Steelheads at Sullivan Arena. It is the fifth lifetime matchup in the postseason between the two teams and is the first since the 2011 second round series, won by Alaska, 4-0. The Aces went 6-3-3 against Idaho this season with seven of the final eight matchups decided by one goal.GAME 1 – WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL GAME: Alaska Aces vs. Idaho SteelheadsDATE: Thursday, May 1, 2014 [READ MORE]