By Steve Silver
Las Vegas Sun
LAS VEGAS – Break out the popcorn because this series is going to be a thriller.
Perhaps the two fiercest rivals in the ECHL, the Las Vegas Wranglers and the Alaska Aces, are set to square off in the National Conference finals beginning Saturday night at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.
“We’ve always had a big rivalry with them and every game is a big competition,” said Las Vegas forward Tyler Mosienko.
Alaska posted a 7-3 record against Las Vegas in the regular season en route to finishing the year with a conference-best 45-24-1 record. The Wranglers finished 13th overall with a 34-31-8 record.
Both teams have since followed divergent routes in the playoffs as the Aces cruised past both Utah and Victoria in five games, while outscoring opponents 38-19.
The Wranglers, though, have not had such an easy ride, needing seven games in each series to dispatch Bakersfield and Stockton while narrowly outscoring opponents 40-35.