West Division Finals Preview

National Conference – West Division Finals (Best of Seven)

#1 Alaska Aces (45-24-3) vs. #3 Victoria Salmon Kings (38-27-7)

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Alaska is the first team to advance in the postseason each of its first six seasons and the first team to advance six consecutive years. Victoria has advanced for the second straight year and is making its third appearance in a row. 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. Alaska 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 reached the conference finals in 2007 and 2005.

The Aces won the last two meetings to improve to 6-1-0 at home and 8-5-0 overall in the regular season against Victoria. The Salmon Kings won the last three meetings at Victoria and were 4-1-1 at home and 5-4-4 overall with five of their losses being by one goal including three in shootouts and one in overtime.

Colin Hemingway led the Aces against Victoria with 12 points in 12 games while tying Lance Galbraith for the team lead with five goals. Luke Erickson led Alaska with nine assists and tied Cam Keith (3g-8a) for second with 11 points in 13 games. Wes Goldie led the Salmon Kings against Alaska with nine goals and 13 points in 13 games while Olivier Filion had a team-high seven assists and was second with 10 points. Aces rookie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux was 4-4-0 with a goals-against average of 2.63 against Victoria while the Salmon Kings’ Todd Ford was 3-2-1 with a goals-against average of 2.50 and Julien Ellis was 1-0-2 with a goals-against average of 1.58 against Alaska.

Victoria’s Todd Ford leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a goals-against average of 0.95 and a save percentage of .972 while Alaska rookie Jean-Philippe Lamoureux is second with 1.38 and .955. Lamoureux leads the postseason with two shutouts after setting the league record with eight in the regular season while Ford is tied for second with one.

Alaska leads the Kelly Cup Playoffs on the penalty kill with 100 percent (23-for-23) after setting a league record with a penalty kill of 89.3 percent in the regular season. The Salmon Kings are second in the postseason on the penalty kill with 94.4 percent (17-for-18) and fourth in the postseason on the power play with 21.1 percent (4-for-19) while the Aces are 14th with 8.7 percent (2-for-23). The Salmon Kings lead the postseason with a goals-against average of 1.00 and are tied for second with 4.00 goals per game while Alaska is second in goals-against average with 1.40 and tied for seventh with 3.20 goals per game.

Friday, Apr. 24 at 7:15 p.m.
Victoria at Alaska

Saturday, Apr. 25 at 7:15 p.m.
Victoria at Alaska

Wednesday, Apr. 29 at 7:05 p.m.
Alaska at Victoria

Friday, May 1 at 7:05 p.m.
Alaska at Victoria

Saturday, May 2 at 7:05 p.m.
Alaska at Victoria (If Necessary)

Tuesday, May 5 at 7:15 p.m.
Victoria at Alaska (If Necessary)

Wednesday, May 6 at 7:15 p.m.
Victoria at Alaska (If Necessary)

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