By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
The Alaska Aces advanced out of the first round of the ECHL’s Kelly Cup playoffs yet again.
The Aces’ 5-2 win over host Utah in Game 5 of the West Division semifinal series eliminated the Grizzlies and elevated Alaska as the only club in the league to win a first-round series in each of the last six hockey seasons.
Alaska seized the best-of-7 series 4-1 with a third-period scoring explosion triggered — naturally — by Soares, the center who scored the club’s first two goals and furnished his second straight three-point night.