Beating Las Vegas 3-1 on Saturday, Alaska became the first team in the West Division and the first team in the National Conference to secure a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. The top four teams in the West Division qualify for the postseason.
The Aces are 42-17-8 with 92 points, six points ahead of Long Beach at 39-20-8 and Bakersfield at 38-20-10 and nine points ahead of Idaho at 38-21-7. Fresno is in fifth place at 36-22-8 and 80 points, six points ahead of San Diego at 34-26-6.
Needing five points to clinch first place and the top seed in the division, Alaska, which is 23-4-4 in its last 31 games, travels to Long Beach on Friday and to Fresno on Saturday. The Aces have won the last two times at Long Beach and are 2-1-0 on the road and 4-1-1 overall against the Ice Dogs. Alaska has won its last two meetings with Fresno and is 3-0-0 on the road and 4-1-2 overall against the Falcons.
Long Beach hosts Alaska on Friday and Victoria on Saturday before traveling to Fresno on Sunday. The Ice Dogs are 1-1-1 at home and 2-2-2 overall against Alaska and 4-0-0 at home and 9-0-0 overall against Victoria. Long Beach has won its last four games against Fresno and is 2-0-0 on the road and 5-1-0 overall against the Falcons.
Bakersfield will host Fresno on Friday before traveling to Las Vegas on Saturday. The Condors are 3-1-0 at home and 4-2-3 overall against Fresno and are 1-2-0 at Las Vegas and 4-4-0 overall against the Wranglers.
Defending ECHL champion Idaho will host San Diego on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Idaho is 10-0-4 in its last 14 games and 17-1-4 in its last 22 games while San Diego is 12-18-3 on the road. The previous four meetings have been in San Diego and Idaho won the last time to improve to 1-3-0 against the Gulls. Fresno, which is 2-4-1 in its last seven games and winless in its last three home games, travels to Las Vegas on Tuesday and Bakersfield on Friday before hosting Alaska on Saturday and Long Beach on Sunday. Fresno is 4-0-0 on the road and 7-1-0 overall against Las Vegas and 1-3-0 on the road and 5-4-0 overall against Bakersfield. The Falcons are 0-3-0 at home and 3-3-1 overall against Alaska and 0-2-0 at home and 1-5-0 overall against Long Beach.