Two Roads To Kelly Cup Finals

By Doyle Woody
Anchorage Daily News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – This current edition of the Alaska Aces endured a midseason meltdown before rebooting and cruising into the ECHL’s Kelly Cup Finals, but the franchise’s Cup-winning crew in 2006 took the opposite journey.

The 2006 Aces rocked the regular season — they never lost consecutive hockey games in regulation and racked a league-leading 113 points — yet faced some tenuous, and trying, moments in the postseason.

In Game 7 of the 2006 National Conference finals, with a trip to the Kelly Cup Finals at stake, the Aces needed double overtime and strike from the left wing by sniper Chris Minard to eliminate the Fresno Falcons. In Game 6 of the previous round, Cam Keith swooped in off the right wing in triple overtime and batted his own rebound out of mid-air to escape the Las Vegas Wranglers.

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