Trio Battle Atop The West

Going 8-0-2 in its last 10 games, Alaska has improved to 34-15-6 and moved into first place in the West Division of the National Conference with 74 points, one point ahead of Long Beach at 34-16-5. Bakersfield is in third place with 70 points and a 31-15-8 record while Fresno holds onto the fourth and final Kelly Cup Playoff berth in the division with 67 points and a 30-17-7 record.

Defending champion Idaho has won nine of its last 11 games, but remains in sixth place with 59 points, three points behind San Diego (28-20-6) and eight points behind Fresno. The Steelheads saw their seven-game winning streak and five-game road winning streaks, both team records, end on Sunday with a 3-2 loss at San Diego. Idaho will host Las Vegas on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The Steelheads have won the last four meetings with the Wranglers to improve to 5-1-0, including 2-0-0 at home.

Alaska, which is 4-0-1 in its last five home games and 18-8-4 overall at home, will host Long Beach, which is 3-0-1 in its last four road games and 17-7-3 overall on the road, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The only time the teams have met this season was in Long Beach when the Ice Dogs won 2-0 on November 12 and the Aces won 3-0 on November 13.

Bakersfield will travel to Fresno on Tuesday and after hosting San Diego on Wednesday will visit Victoria on Friday and Saturday. The Condors are 0-0-2 at Fresno and 3-1-2 overall against the Falcons and 3-0-0 at home and 5-2-1 overall against San Diego. Bakersfield lost its last two meetings at Victoria and is 1-2-0 on the road and 4-2-0 overall against the Salmon Kings.

Fresno, which is 5-0-2 in its last seven games, will host Bakersfield on Tuesday and San Diego on Friday before visiting San Diego on Saturday. The Falcons are 2-0-0 at home and 3-3-0 overall against Bakersfield and 3-0-0 at home and 4-2-1 overall against San Diego.