Long Beach saw its ECHL record road winning streak end with a 5-1 loss at Alaska on Friday, but finished the week 2-1-1 and gained three points on Pacific Division leader Fresno. The Ice Dogs won 3-1 at Phoenix on Feb. 14 for its 10th straight road win to tie the league record set by South Carolina from Nov. 2-Dec. 9, 2000 and tied by Las Vegas this season from Nov. 22-Dec. 31.
Long Beach was 1-1-1 at league leader Alaska and is 29-17-6 with 64 points, six points behind Fresno at 30-10-10 and 15 points ahead of third place Bakersfield at 22-19-5. The Ice Dogs return home to host Utah on Friday and Phoenix on Saturday while Fresno will host Bakersfield on Friday.
Jaroslav Halak has started the last seven games for Long Beach and is 5-1-1 with a shutout, a goals against of 2.29 and a save percentage of .930.
Fresno is 9-4-2 in its last 15 games including a 7-3-1 road record. Rookie goaltender Jamie Holden is 5-3-0 with a goals against of 2.62 and a save percentage of .917 in his last eight starts while Shawn Mather (8g-8a) and Luke Curtin (1g-11a) have combined for 28 points in the last 10 games.
Bakersfield, which has won five of its last seven games including a 3-2 record in one-goal games, plays at Stockton on Wednesday and Saturday and at Fresno on Friday. Sean Venedam has 11 points (9g-2a) in the last seven games and leads the Condors with 26 goals and 43 points.