Fresno will be looking to begin the season 4-0-0 for the first time ever when they play the first of three games at Alaska on Friday. The Falcons won their first three games in 2005-06 and 2006-07. Fresno is tied with Ontario (3-1-0) for the Pacific Division lead while the Aces are 3-1-0 and tied for the West Division lead with Phoenix (3-2-0).
The Falcons, who have won every game by a 3-2 score, and Alaska will play on Saturday and Sunday. The Aces have won the last seven meetings at Alaska and are 29-7-3 overall against Fresno.
Rookie Mike Radja leads the Falcons with three goals and five points while rookie Peter MacArthur is second with three goals and four points. Josh Soares (5g-4a) and Colin Hemingway (3g-6a) lead the Aces offense with nine points each.
Fresno rookie Joe Fallon is 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .934 while rookie Michael Ouzas is 1-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.85 and a save percentage of .941. Ouzas is fifth in goals-against average and sixth in save percentage while Fallon is tied for eighth in goals-against average and eighth in save percentage. Alaska rookie Jean-Phillipe Lamoureux, who is 3-1-0 with a goals-against average of 3.18 and a save percentage of .918, is tied for the league lead with three wins and one shutout.