Alaska, Fresno Clinch Playoff Spots In National Conference

Alaska clinched its berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs and climbed back into the West Division race last week after going 2-0-0 against Idaho and 2-1-0 against Victoria. The Aces, who have finished first in the division each of the last three years, are 34-21-5 and four points behind the Salmon Kings (36-19-5) and the Steelheads (34-20-9).

Alaska has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its first five seasons since joining the league as an expansion team in 2003-04. The Aces won the Kelly Cup in 2006 and advanced to the conference finals in 2004 and 2007.

Fresno has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third straight year after extending its winning streak to four games. The Falcons are 34-15-8 and in second place in the Pacific Division and fourth in the conference, one point behind Victoria and Idaho and three points ahead of Alaska. The Falcons travel to Stockton on Friday and Saturday. Fresno is 4-3-0 this season and 19-5-1 all-time against Stockton.

Las Vegas went 2-0-1 to remain in first place in the National Conference with 88 points (38-11-12). The Wranglers, who are in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third straight year and the fourth time since joining the league in 2003-04, will host Utah on Friday and Saturday. Las Vegas has won the last seven meetings to improve to 3-1-0 at home and 7-1-0 overall this season and 13-5-4 all-time against the Grizzlies.

Idaho, which won the Kelly Cup in 2004 as an expansion team and again in 2007, plays at Bakersfield on Monday and at Fresno on Tuesday. The Steelheads are 4-0-0 on the road and 7-1-0 overall against Bakersfield this season to improve to 23-10-3 all-time against the Condors. Idaho is 0-3-1 against Fresno this year and 23-11-4 all-time against the Falcons.

Victoria, which is in the postseason for the second year in a row, travels to Phoenix on Friday and Saturday. The Salmon Kings are 2-1-0 on the road and 5-1-0 overall this season to improve to 9-7-2 all-time against the RoadRunners.