By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – After the South Carolina Stingrays beat the Alaska Aces in an exhibition game at Sullivan Arena in October, Aces defenseman Matt Shasby correctly predicted to teammate Vladimir Novak that the Stingrays were bound for the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Finals.
“I told him, ‘That team will come out of the American Conference — I guarantee it,’ ” Shasby recalled. “I don’t know if it was dumb luck, but that is one really good team.
“The way they moved the puck and executed, they looked like a team in midseason form.”