Peoria becomes the first former ECHL team to head west when it travels 3,717 miles to visit the Alaska Aces for three games in Anchorage. The Rivermen and Aces are scheduled to face off at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. Alaska hosted Trenton in a pair of preseason games, losing 2-1 on October 10 and winning 3-2 in a shootout on October 11.
The Aces hosted Fresno to open the season last weekend, losing 2-1 on Friday before winning 6-3 on Saturday and 3-2 on Sunday. Mark Smith, Mike Scott and Charles Linglet lead the Aces with two goals and four points each. Peoria is 1-0-0 on the road, opening the season with a 4-3 win at Cincinnati, and 2-1-1 overall. Trevor Baker leads the Rivermen with six assists and six points while Tyler Rennette leads the team with three goals, a hat trick against Wheeling on Friday, and two power-play goals.
Florida will be the next former ECHL team to travel west when it visits Las Vegas on November 4, Long Beach on November 5, San Diego on November 7 and 8, and Bakersfield on November 9. Fresno is the next former WCHL team to travel east when it plays at Columbus on November 4, at Pensacola on November 7 and 8, at Mississippi on November 9, and at Texas on November 11.
Long Beach opened its season on the road in the east going 1-3-1 with a win at Roanoke, a shootout loss at Trenton and losses at Johnstown, Wheeling and Atlantic City. The Ice Dogs begin a seven-game home stand hosting Bakersfield in their home opener on Saturday. Texas also opened on the road in the east going 1-5-1 with a win at Trenton, an overtime loss at Greensboro and losses at Atlantic City, Reading, Johnstown, Pensacola and Mississippi. The Wildcatters are off until November 8 when they host Louisiana in the first game at the new Arena at the Southeast Texas Entertainment Complex.