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West Division Semifinals

#1 Alaska Aces (45-24-3) vs. #4 Utah Grizzlies (32-30-10)
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Alaska is in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the sixth time in six years while Utah is making its second straight trip to the postseason and its third appearance in four years. The Aces finished first in the division for the fourth time in the last five seasons and atop the National Conference for the third time. The Aces became the second team to win the Kelly Cup and the Brabham Cup, the trophy presented to the regular season champion, in the same season in 2006 and they have advanced at least one round every year reaching the conference finals in 2007 and 2005. Utah advanced to the conference finals a year ago after losing to Alaska in the division semifinals in 2006.

The Aces are 5-0-0 at home and 7-2-0 overall against Utah while the Grizzlies are 2-2-0 at home and 2-7-0 overall against Alaska.

Cam Keith leads the Aces against Utah with eight assists and 10 points while defenseman Matt Shasby has six assists and nine points. Vladimir Nikiforov leads the Grizzlies against Alaska with seven assists and eight points while rookie Dan McDonald has four goals and four points in two games. Alaska rookie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux is 6-1-0 with three shutouts and a goals-against average of 1.86 against Utah.

Friday, Apr. 10 7:15 p.m.
Utah at Alaska

Saturday, Apr. 11 7:15 p.m.
Utah at Alaska

Wednesday, Apr. 15 7:05 p.m.
Alaska at Utah

Friday, Apr. 17 7:05 p.m.
Alaska at Utah

Saturday, Apr. 18 7:05 p.m.
Alaska at Utah (if necessary)

Tuesday, Apr. 21 7:15 p.m.
Utah at Alaska (if necessary)

Wednesday, Apr. 22 7:15 p.m.
Utah at Alaska (if necessary)

National Conference – West Division Semifinals

# 2 Idaho Steelheads (44-24-4) vs. #4 Victoria Salmon Kings (38-27-7)
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Idaho has advanced to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its six seasons while Victoria is making its third straight appearance. The Steelheads became only the second expansion team in history, joining the Greensboro Monarchs who beat Winston-Salem in 1990, to win the ECHL championship capturing the first-ever ‘AA’ national title in 2004. They added their names to the record book again in 2007 when they became the second team to win two Kelly Cups.

Idaho won the last two meetings and is 3-0-0 at home and 6-1-0 overall in the season series while the Salmon Kings are 1-2-1 at home.

Bryan McGregor leads the Steelheads against Victoria with eight goals and 13 points while defenseman Darrell Hay, who was a member of both of Idaho’s Kelly Cup winners, has five assists and seven points. Wes Goldie leads the Salmon Kings against Idaho with three goals and his five points tie him for the team lead with Matt Kelly and Chris St. Jacques, who are tied for the team lead with four assists each. Idaho rookie Matt Climie, who won his NHL debut with the Dallas Stars on Saturday, is 4-1-0 with a goals-against average of 1.98 against Victoria while Rejean Beauchemin is 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 3.00.

Saturday, Apr. 11 7:10 p.m.
Victoria at Idaho

Sunday, Apr. 12 5:10 p.m.
Victoria at Idaho

Wednesday, Apr. 15 7:05 p.m.
Idaho at Victoria

Friday, Apr. 17 7:05 p.m.
Idaho at Victoria

Saturday, Apr. 18 7:05 p.m.
Idaho at Victoria (if necessary)

Tuesday, Apr. 21 7:10 p.m.
Victoria at Idaho (if necessary)

Wednesday, Apr. 22 7:10 p.m.
Victoria at Idaho (if necessary)

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