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Alaska Aces win ECHL championship

Monday, 06.09.2014 / 11:49 PM / ECHL Report

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Alaska Aces win ECHL championship
The Alaska Aces won the third ECHL title in their 11-year history by beating the host Cincinnati Cyclones 4-0 Monday in Game 6 of the Kelly Cup Finals.

The Alaska Aces won the third ECHL title in their 11-year history by beating the host Cincinnati Cyclones 4-0 Monday in Game 6 of the Kelly Cup Finals.

Nick Mazzolini scored the game's first goal and assisted on another to back a 23-save performance by goaltender Gerard Coleman. The Aces' power play connected twice after a four-game drought.

The Aces, an affiliate of the Calgary Flames, have won four straight regular-season championships and became the third team in ECHL history with three postseason titles, joining the South Carolina Stingrays and Hampton Roads Admirals. The Cyclones, who have affiliations with the Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators, were trying for their third Kelly Cup.

Mazzolini opened the scoring with a power-play goal at 19:37 of the first period and set up one by defenseman Drew Mackenzie at 17:09 of the second, giving him a playoff-high 31 points in 21 games. Alex Belzile made it 3-0 with 4:51 to play before Turner Elson hit the empty net with 3:01 remaining.

Alaska dominated play for most of the night, outshooting Cincinnati 45-23. Cyclones goaltender Rob Madore stopped 41 of 44 shots.

Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3