CALGARY, AB -- The ECHL version of the Battle of Alberta is set to start on Friday when the Calgary Flames affiliate, the Alaska Aces, square off against the Edmonton Oilers affiliate, the Bakersfield Condors, in the Western Conference Final.
The series, following a 2-3-2 format, is the third all-time match-up between the two teams in the Kelly Cup Playoffs and the first since the 2007 Conference semi-finals when the Aces defeated Bakersfield, 4-0. The Aces, who entered the ECHL with Bakersfield in 2003-04 after previously competing in the West Coast Hockey League, are 7-2 lifetime in the Kelly Cup Playoffs against the Condors.
In the regular season series, the Aces went 6-1-1 against Bakersfield and outscored the Condors combined, 28-13.
The Aces defeated the Idaho Steelheads, 4-1 in the Western Conference semi-finals and defeated Las Vegas, 4-0 in the opening round. The Aces have won two Kelly Cup championships, tied an ECHL record with three appearances in the Finals and have captured an ECHL record five Brabham Cup titles (best regular season record).
Bakersfield defeated Stockton, 4-2 in their Conference semi-final series
KELLY CUP PLAYOFFS – WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL
GAME 1 - at Alaska, Friday, 5/16 (Sullivan Arena) - 9:15 PM MST
GAME 2 - at Alaska, Saturday, 5/17 (Sullivan Arena) - 9:15 PM MST
GAME 3 - Alaska at Bakersfield, Friday, 5/23 (Rabobank Arena) – 8:00 PM MST
GAME 4 - Alaska at Bakersfield, Saturday, 5/24 (Rabobank Arena) – 8:00 PM MST
GAME 5 - Alaska at Bakersfield, Sunday, 5/25 (Rabobank Arena) - TBA *
GAME 6 - at Alaska, Tuesday, 5/27 (Sullivan Arena) - 9:15 PM MST *
GAME 7 - at Alaska, Wednesday, 5/28 (Sullivan Arena) - 9:15 PM MST *
* If necessary
The Aces finished the regular season as the top team in the ECHL with a 45-19-3-4 record and 97 points. They allowed the least amount of goals amongst all teams in the regular season (164) and were second in goals scored (243).
Peter Sivak led the Aces in regular season scoring with 31 goals and 83 points through 67 games. Nick Mazzolini is Alaska postseason scoring leader with four goals and 16 points in nine playoff outings.