Ice Dogs Close Gap On Falcons In Pacific

Long Beach won three out of four games on the week, improving its record to 8-7-2 and moving into sole possession of second place in the Pacific Division of the National Conference. The Ice Dogs have won their last two games and have recorded seven out of a possible 10 points in the last five contests. Rookie Ash Goldie scored the game winners in each of the last two wins and leads the team with nine goals while ranking second with 12 points.

Long Beach will play Alaska at home on Friday and Saturday and then hosts Phoenix on Sunday. The meeting with the Aces is the first since Alaska swept the Ice Dogs in three games in the Division Finals of the 2005 Kelly Cup Playoffs. Long Beach is 3-0-0 against Phoenix.

Fresno continues to lead the Pacific after going unbeaten in regulation the last five games (3-0-2) improving its record to 9-3-3 and 8-0-1 within the division. Second-year goaltender Brett Jaeger has started four of the last five games for the Falcons posting a 3-0-1 record with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .937 save percentage.

Recording five of a possible six points in the last three games and going 2-1-1 for the week, San Diego remains in third place in the division with 17 points and a record of 7-7-3. The Gulls will host Johnstown on Saturday and Sunday.

Going 1-0-1 for the week, Bakersfield has played past regulation in its last three games, winning two shootouts and losing in overtime. The Condors will host Johnstown on Wednesday before traveling to play at Pensacola on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.