Idaho, Victoria Clinch Playoff Berths In National Conference

Idaho went 2-0-1 last week to improve to 33-17-9 and move into a tie for first place in the West Division with Victoria (35-17-5) at 75 points.

The defending Kelly Cup champion Steelheads, who are 6-2-2 in their last 10 games, play at Alaska on Tuesday and Wednesday and at Stockton on Friday and at Bakersfield on Saturday.

Idaho has won the last two meetings to improve to 2-1-0 at Alaska and 5-1-2 overall in the season series and 20-15-5 all-time against the Aces. The Steelheads are 3-0-0 at Bakersfield and 5-0-1 overall in the season series to improve to 22-10-3 all-time against the Condors. Idaho has won the last two meetings with Stockton to improve to 10-7-2 all-time against the Thunder, who are 5-1-1 at home against the Steelheads.

Victoria travels to Alaska for games on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Salmon Kings need one point to tie their team record of 75 points and one win to tie the team mark of 36 wins, both set in 2006-07. Victoria has won the last two meetings to improve to 2-1-0 at Alaska and 3-1-2 overall in the season series.

Alaska has won nine of its last 10 games to improve to 30-20-5 and move within one point of Utah for third place in the West Division and fifth place in the conference. The Aces, who have won their last four home games, are 27-6-4 all-time against Victoria and 20-17-3 all-time against Idaho.

Utah won a team record eight road games in a row from to Jan. 29-Feb. 29 and is 11-0-2 in its last 13 away games and 17-10-2 overall on the road. The Grizzlies, whose eight road wins tied the league season high, return home to host Fresno on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. Utah is 1-1-0 at home and 4-2-1 overall in the season series and 9-7-3 all-time against the Falcons, who are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

Las Vegas, Victoria and Idaho have all secured their berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The Wranglers are in the postseason for the third straight year and the fourth time in their five seasons while Victoria is making its second straight postseason appearance. Idaho has reached the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its first five seasons, winning the Kelly Cup as an expansion team in 2004 and again in 2007.

Fresno needs two points to reach the postseason for the third season in a row while Utah is six points away from returning to the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the second time in its three seasons. Alaska, which won the Kelly Cup in 2006 and reached the conference finals in 2005 and 2007, is seven points shy of its fifth consecutive postseason berth.