Tuesday, June 10, 2014
One Done, One Almost, One Tied
For the third time in their history, the Alaska Aces are the champions of the ECHL.
The Aces finished off the host Cincinnati Cyclones, 4-0, in last night's Game 6 of the Kelly Cup final. Aces captain Nick Mazzolini (Providence) scored the game-winning goal in the first period at U.S. Bank Arena as the Aces tied the league record for most Kelly Cups by one franchise, having also won in 2006 and 2011. The Aces have also won four consecutive ECHL regular-season championships, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
In that "other" series out east, Jonathan Quick (UMass) made 32 saves and the Los Angeles Kings moved within one win of a sweep with a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final at Madison Square Garden. Game 4 is tomorrow night in Manhattan. The Kings are looking to claim their second NHL crown in three seasons.
Down south, the visiting St. John's Ice Caps knotted the AHL's Calder Cup Final at a game apiece with a 2-1 win last night over the Texas Stars. Blair Riley (Ferris State) tallied the game-winning goal early in the second period at the Cedar Park Center for the former Manitoba Moose. Game 3 is tomorrow night in Newfoundland. Both squads are seeking their first-ever Calder Cup.