West’s Top Four Unchanged,
Steelheads Continue Late-Season Surge

Rebounding from a 3-1 loss at Bakersfield on Friday, Alaska won 4-3 in overtime at Long Beach on Saturday and 2-1 at San Diego on Sunday to improve to 38-16-7 and lead the West Division with 83 points. Bakersfield, which also went 2-1-0 last week, is 36-16-9 with 81 points, three points ahead of third-place Long Beach at 35-18-8. Fresno sits in the fourth and final playoff spot at 34-19-7 and 75 points, six points ahead of Idaho (32-21-5) and seven points ahead of San Diego (31-23-6).

The Aces, who are 11-1-1 in their last 13 road games, will conclude their six-game road trip visiting Fresno on Tuesday and Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday. Alaska is 2-0-0 at Fresno and 3-1-2 overall against the Falcons and 0-2-0 at Bakersfield and 2-3-0 overall against the Condors.

Defending ECHL champion Idaho, which has played two less games than Fresno and three less games than the top three teams, has picked up 24 of a possible 28 points going 11-1-2 in its last 14 games. The Steelheads will play five games in six days when it visits Mississippi on Tuesday, Louisiana on Wednesday and Friday and Texas on Saturday and Sunday. The Steelheads are 2-0-1 on their current eight-game road swing and 15-10-3 overall on the road.

Bakersfield, which is 7-1-1 in its last nine games, travels to Las Vegas on Tuesday before hosting Alaska on Friday and Saturday. The Condors are 1-1-0 at Las Vegas and 4-3-0 overall against the Wranglers and 2-0-0 at home and 3-1-1 overall against the Aces. Yutaka Fukufuji has allowed only one goal in each of his last three starts and he is 7-0-0 with a shutout and a 1.57 goals-against average in his last seven starts.

Winless in its last four games (0-2-2) and 1-4-3 in its last eight games, Long Beach travels to San Diego on Friday. The Ice Dogs are winless in their last four games against the Gulls, dropping to 0-1-1 at San Diego and 1-2-2 overall.

Fresno, which has gone 22-6-4 since January 1, will host Alaska on Tuesday and travels to Las Vegas on Friday. The Falcons are 0-2-0 at home and 3-2-1 overall against Alaska and has won the last six meetings with Las Vegas to improve to 6-1-0 overall and 3-0-0 on the road against the Wranglers. After beginning the season with a 1-5-1 record at home, Fresno has gone 19-3-1 at Save Mart Center.

San Diego will host Long Beach on Friday and Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday. The Gulls have won the last four meetings with Long Beach, improving to 2-0-0 at home and 4-1-0 overall, and have won the last four meetings with Las Vegas to improve to 2-0-0 at home and 5-1-0 overall.