Alaska Wins Series 4-1
Aces Beat Utah 5-2

By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News

Saturday night’s result proved as predictable as Josh Soares strafing a goaltender or Jean-Philippe Lamoureux flashing his glove to stymie a shooter.

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.

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