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December 3, 2012 - ECHL (ECHL)

Last season, the Alaska Aces became the first team in ECHL history to win the Brabham Cup in consecutive seasons. After starting this season 5-4-0, the Aces have posted an 11-1-0 mark in their past 12 games to move atop the ECHL standings once again with 32 points, one more than Gwinnett.

Alaska concluded its season-long six-game road trip last week with three wins. The week began with a 6-2 win at Stockton on Wednesday. Nate Thompson led the way with three points (2g-1a) while Joey Crabb (0g-2a), Zach Harrison (0g-2a), Kane Lafranchise (0g-2a) and Alexandre Imbeault (1g-1a) each added two points.

On Friday, the Aces skated away with a 2-1 win at Bakersfield. Bobby Hughes scored the game-winner early in the second period, and Gerald Coleman preserved the lead, stopping 20 of 21 Condors' shots.

The Aces ended the trip with a 4-3 overtime win at Ontario on Saturday. Tommy Mele forced overtime midway through the third period, and Lafranchise notched the game-winning just over a minute into the extra session. Coleman started his third straight game, and earned the win with 22 saves.

Coleman has gone 4-0-0 since rejoining the Aces' lineup on Nov. 23, and has allowed two goals or less in three of his four appearances.

Crabb leads the Aces with 22 points (9g-13a) while Nick Mazzolini paces the squad with 11 goals, while his five game-winning goals are tied for the league lead.

Alaska's shorthanded play has been a key to its success this season. The Aces are tied for the league lead with six shorthanded goals while their penalty-kill unit leads the league at 90.2 percent (92-for-102). Crabb (3g-1a) and Thompson (1g-3a) are tied for the league lead with four shorthanded points each.

The Aces host Utah in a four-game home stand, starting on Wednesday, and continuing on Friday, Saturday and Dec. 10.

ECHL attendance surpasses one-million mark for season

The ECHL surpassed the one-million mark in season attendance last weekend. For the season, the league is averaging 4,448 fans per game, which is an 11 percent increase over the same point last season.

Three teams are averaging over 6,000 fans per game, with Fort Wayne leading the league with an average of 8,002 per game. Ontario, which has led the league in attendance each of the last three seasons, is second with 7,087 per game, which is an increase of nearly 25 percent over the club's attendance at this point last season. The expansion Orlando Solar Bears currently sit third in the ECHL with 6,104 fans per game.

Utah is up over 18 percent from this point last season, and is 10th in the league with 4,818 per game. Kalamazoo's attendance is up 15 percent from last season with 3,260 per game while Las Vegas is nine percent ahead of last season with an average of 4,306 per game.

The ECHL averaged 4,281 fans per game in 2011-12, marking the eighth consecutive season and the 20th time in the last 22 years that the ECHL has averaged over 4,000 fans.

Visit the Tickets Page on ECHL.com to purchase tickets to ECHL games.

This week in ECHL history

As part of the ECHL's 25th anniversary, each week the League will take a look back at important moments in ECHL history.

Dec. 5, 2004 - The first-ever ECHL game played outside of the United States takes place in Victoria, British Columbia as the Salmon Kings host the Bakersfield Condors.

Voting continues to determine #1 ECHL fan

Voting is now underway to help determine the ECHL's #1 fan in the League's 25th FAN-niversary Contest.

To watch all videos and cast you vote for the #1 ECHL Fan, click here . Voting is open until 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012 and the fan with the most votes will be the winner of the 25th FAN-niversary Contest. Click here to view the complete rules and regulations of the ECHL's 25th FAN-niversary Contest.

Divisions

Atlantic Division

- Artem Demkov has six points (3g-3a) in his last three games.

- The Jackals are 5-2-2 against Atlantic Division opponents.

- Elmira hosts Reading on Friday and Saturday.

- David Marshall has at least one point in 12 of the last 14 games.

- Reading has allowed 32 goals in its last 14 games (2.29 goals-against per game).

- The Royals host Florida on Wednesday and are at Elmira on Friday and Saturday.

- Stephen Schultz has scored four of his six goals on the power play.

- The Titans lead the league with five shorthanded goals on the road.

- Trenton travels to South Carolina on Friday and Saturday and Gwinnett on Sunday.

- Cody Chupp leads the club with five goals.

- Wheeling is tied for second with one shorthanded goal against.

- The Nailers host Trenton on Wednesday and are at Elmira on Friday.

North Division

- Mathieu Aubin is eight points away from 300 in his professional career.

- The Cyclones have outscored their opponents 19-8 over the last five games (4-1-0).

- Cincinnati hosts Evansville on Wednesday and Kalamazoo on Friday and is at Evansville on Saturday.

- Dylan Clarke has four points (1g-3a) in three games with the IceMen.

- Evansville has scored first in nine of its last 13 games.

- The IceMen are at Cincinnati on Wednesday, and host Toledo on Friday and Cincinnati on Saturday.

- Tyler Butler scored his 100th career professional goal on Wednesday at Gwinnett.

- The Komets are 5-1-0 when scoring first.

- Fort Wayne is at Orlando on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

- All three of John Armstrong 's goals this season have come on the power-play.

- Kalamazoo has killed off 14 straight power-play chances.

- The K-Wings are at Cincinnati on Friday and host Toledo on Saturday.

- Terry Broadhurst has five points (1g-4a) in the last three games.

- The Walleye lead the league on the penalty kill on the road at 93.3 percent (42-for-45).

- Toledo travels to Evansville on Friday and Kalamazoo on Saturday.

South Division

- Mathieu Roy leads Florida with 26 points (9g-17a).

- The Everblades are tied for fourth with 3.95 goals per game.

- Florida is at Reading on Wednesday and at Wheeling on Friday and Saturday.

- Mike Marcou and Steven Delisle are tied for fourth in the ECHL with a +12 rating.

- Greenville is 4-0-0 when scoring a shorthanded goal.

- The Road Warriors host Gwinnett on Friday, are at Gwinnett on Saturday and host South Carolina on Sunday.

- Doug Jones is fourth among rookies with 18 points (8g-10a).

- The Gladiators are 14-0-1 when scoring first.

- Gwinnett is at Greenville on Friday and hosts the Road Warriors on Saturday and Trenton on Sunday.

- John Curry is third with 406 saves.

- Orlando is second with 32.68 shots per game.

- The Solar Bears host Fort Wayne on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

- Ryan Zapolski leads the league with a 1.58 goals-against average and a .943 save percentage.

- The Stingrays are fourth on the penalty kill at home at 88.5 percent (46-for-52).

- South Carolina hosts Trenton on Friday and Saturday.

Mountain Division

- Kane Lafranchise is tied for eighth among defensemen with 14 points (3g-11a).

- The Aces are 10-0-0 when scoring first.

- Alaska hosts Utah on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

- Aaron Schneekloth is sixth among defensemen with 16 points (2g-14a).

- Colorado has scored a league-high 34 goals in the second period.

- The Eagles are at San Francisco on Friday and Saturday.

- Jace Coyle is on a career-high five-game point streak (1g-5a).

- The Steelheads have scored a league-high 87 goals.

- Idaho is at Las Vegas on Friday and at Ontario on Saturday and Sunday.

- Brad Mills is on a four-game goal streak since Nov. 23 (5g).

- Utah is third with 32.61 shots per game.

- The Grizzlies are at Alaska on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Pacific Division

- Scott Greenham is 4-0 in shootouts this season and is 16-for-17 in save attempts.

- The Condors are 5-2 in shootouts this season.

- Bakersfield is at San Francisco on Wednesday and Ontario on Friday before hosting Stockton on Sunday.

- Joe Fallon is sixth with a 2.35 goals-against average.

- Las Vegas is fourth with 32.53 shots per game.

- The Wranglers are at Stockton on Tuesday and Wednesday and host Idaho on Friday and Stockton on Saturday.

- C.J. Stretch is third with a 31.7 percent shooting percentage (13-for-41).

- The Reign are first with 24.10 shots-against per game.

- Ontario hosts Bakersfield on Friday and Idaho on Saturday and Sunday.

- Dean Ouellet leads rookies with 13 goals and 21 points.

- San Francisco is 5-1-0 when outshooting its opponent.

- The Bulls host Bakersfield on Wednesday and Colorado on Friday and Saturday.

- Eric Hunter is tied for fourth in the ECHL with a +12 rating.

- The Thunder are 7-2-1 at home this season.

- Stockton hosts Las Vegas on Tuesday and Wednesday and visits the Wranglers on Saturday and Bakersfield on Sunday.

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