Aces capture hearts of Alaska with sellout crowds and statewide TV coverage

The Alaska Aces continued their impressive Kelly Cup Finals sellout streak during the first two games of the 2011 Kelly Cup Finals. Alaska has now hosted seven Kelly Cup Finals games since 2006, and has sold out each of the games.

 

Alaska welcomed 6,599 fans to each of the first two games, which is 103.1 percent of capacity at Sullivan Arena, and just 11 fans shy of the team’s all-time record of 6,610, which was set at Game 6 of the 2009 Kelly Cup Finals against South Carolina, and then matched in Game 7 of that series. The Aces had 6,482 fans in attendance for Game 1 in 2009 and 6,396 fans at Game 2.

 

In the Aces’ first appearance in the Kelly Cup Finals in 2006, the team had sellout crowds of 6,251 fans at both Games 1 and 2 against Gwinnett.

 

Alaska leads Kalamazoo 2 games to 0 after capturing a 5-0 win in Game 1 and a 3-2 overtime win in Game 2. The series resumes tonight in Kalamazoo at 7 p.m. ET and continues with Game 4 on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET. If necessary, Game 5 is in Kalamazoo on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. All three games at Wings Stadium will be televised live across the state of Alaska on GCI Cable Channel 1.

 

The Aces are 10-0 during the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs, and with a win tonight, would tie the ECHL postseason record for longest winning streak of 11 games, set by the Richmond Renegades during the 1999 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

 

Aces’ veteran Scott Burt has seen action in 101 career ECHL postseason games with Toledo, Idaho, Utah and Alaska. He is one game shy of tying the league record of 102 career postseason games set by ECHL Hall of Fame defenseman Chris Valicevic who played with Greensboro and Louisiana from 1994-2002.

 
2011 Kelly Cup Finals

Alaska leads series 2-0

 
Game 1 – Kalamazoo 0 at ALASKA 5
Game 2 – Kalamazoo 2 at ALASKA 3 (OT)
Game 3 – Wednesday, May 18 at 7 p.m. ET at Kalamazoo
Game 4 – Friday, May 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Kalamazoo
Game 5 – Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Kalamazoo (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Wednesday, May 25 at 7:15 p.m. AKT at Alaska (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Friday, May 27 at 7:15 p.m. AKT at Alaska (If Necessary)