Alaska, Las Vegas, Victoria Battle Atop National Conference

Perennial contenders Alaska (9-3-1) and Las Vegas (10-2-0) and newcomer Victoria (10-3-0) are battling atop the National Conference as the Wranglers have won their last six games while Victoria has won five in a row and Alaska has won its last three.

Las Vegas, which has won its last five road games to improve to 8-2-0 in the last 10 games, will return home to host Phoenix (5-7-0) on Tuesday and Sunday. Victoria, which has won its last two games on the road, travels to Idaho for games on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Alaska will head back onto the road, where the Aces are 4-2-1, to visit Stockton on Wednesday and Friday and Fresno on Saturday.

The Salmon Kings have won their last seven home games and their 7-1-0 record after eight home games is their best ever, including last season when they were 4-3-1 after eight games before finishing 21-14-1, the best home record since the team relocated in 2004-05.

Leading the Victoria offense are Milan Gajic (pictured), who is tied for the league lead with 20 points and third with 13 assists, and Ash Goldie, who is tied for second with 10 goals and tied for 10th with 16 points. Billy Thompson has won his last four starts to improve to 4-2-0 while lowering his goals-against average from 4.03 to 3.11 while raising his save percentage from .871 to .911. Julien Ellis has won his last three starts to improve to 6-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.71 and a save percentage of .929 which ties him for third in the league.

Adam Cracknell leads Las Vegas with 15 points in 11 games, including 10 goals tying him for second in the league, while brothers Peter Ferraro (6g-7a) and Chris Ferraro (4g-9a) each have 13 points in 12 games. Rookie Daniel Manzato is 4-0-0 with a shutout, a goal-against average of 1.71 and a save percentage of .944 in four games with the Wranglers and is 6-0-0 overall while ranking second in the league in goals-against average with 1.81 and save percentage with .945.

Alaska’s Chris Beckford-Tseu is 6-0-0 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.03 and a save percentage of .930 in his last six starts. He has won his last seven starts to improve to 7-1-0 and lead the ECHL in wins while ranking fourth with a goals-against average of 2.16 and sixth with a save percentage of .927. Veteran Kimbi Daniels (7g-8a) and rookie Josh Soares (8g-6a) are leading the Aces offense.