ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Heading into Saturday night’s regular season finally on the road at the Victoria Salmon Kings the Aces needed just one point to secure the Brabham Cup. Thanks to 4-1 victory sparked by an early Ethan Cox goal the team would earn a pair and the prize for the best record in the ECHL, more than 72 games. Alaska finishes the season 47-22-3 for 97 points. Along with bragging rights and the Brabham Cup, the Aces will have home ice throughout the playoffs.
Alaska clinched a first round bye earlier in the season, they will get the next week off, while awaiting the winner of the Las Vegas Wranglers and Idaho Steelheads series. Games one and two of the second round will be held at the Sullivan Arena on April 15th and 16th.
Season End Notes: Wes Goldie finishes the year having scored the most goals of any ECHL player, his first period tally against the Salmon Kings Saturday giving Goldie a 46-45 edge more than Steelhead star Mark Derlago. It’s the second time in his career that Goldie has lead the ECHL in goals.
Meanwhile, Gerald Coleman finishes the season as the top goaltender in the league. Coleman was the backstop in Victoria, which was his 30th win of the year, ending the season with a record of 30-15-1-0. His 4 shutout’s is tied for the league lead along with Alaska’s other net-minder Adam Courchaine. Colman blocked 1048 shots, let in 100 goals, carded a 2.19 goals against average and a 0.913 save percentage.
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