Aces charge into playoff positioning


Earning five out of six points during a three-game in three-day stretch over the weekend, the Alaska Aces have moved into a tie for fourth place in the Pacific Division entering Monday’s action with a record of 23-19-5 for 51 points. The Aces are unbeaten in their last six games (5-0-1) and have posted an 8-1-1 record in their last 10 games.


Alaska opened a four-game road trip on Friday with a 3-2 win at Ontario. Colten Hayes (1g-1a) and Ryan Tesink (2a) led the way offensively for the Aces with two points each while Curt Gogol broke a 2-2 tie with a power-play goal early in the third period and Troy Redmann stopped 26 Ontario shots to earn the win in goal.


On Saturday, the Aces rallied from a two-goal deficit entering the third period in a 5-4 shootout loss. Brendan Connolly and Bryan Cameron scored power-play goals in the first five minutes of the third period only to see the Reign go back on top with 4:15 remaining. However, Tim Coffman forced extra time and provided the Aces with a point, scoring his second goal of the night with 2:11 remaining in regulation.


The Aces once again came from behind on Sunday, again erasing a two-goal deficit on their way to a 6-4 victory at Bakersfield. Gogol scored two goals in the win while Connolly, Cameron and Hayes each furnished a pair of assists. Aaron Crandall got his first start in goal since Jan. 24, and turned aside 32 shots to record the win.


Connolly has moved up to second in the ECHL scoring race with 59 points (20g-39a) as he has picked up at least one point in 12 of his last 14 games, tallying 27 points (12g-15a) over that span. Cameron has enjoyed similar success over the last few weeks as he has recorded 17 points (6g-11a) over the last 11 games.


In five games with the Aces since being claimed off waivers, Redmann has posted a 4-0-1 record with a .907 save percentage.


Alaska wraps up its road trip on Tuesday at Bakersfield before returning home for a crucial three-game series against Utah on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Grizzlies are tied with the Aces for the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division entering the week.