Aces Add Turek on Eve of Victoria Series
ANCHORAGE, Alaska - The Alaska Aces have signed defenseman Ryan Turek to an amateur try-out agreement in preparation for their three-game series against West Division leader Victoria, which opens in Anchorage tomorrow at 7:15 p.m.
Originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues (Alaska's NHL affiliate) in the fourth round with the 94th overall pick in 2006, the 21-year-old Turek spent the last three years, including the first half of this season, playing for Michigan State. He helped the Spartans win their first NCAA championship in 21 years in 2007, and reach the West Regional Final a year later. The six-foot, 185-pounder also spent one season in the North American Hockey League and two in the USHL with Omaha, where he scored 17 goals (second on the team overall, tops among defensemen) and assisted on 11 others in 52 games in 2005-06. In accordance with ECHL regulations, Turek will remain on the ATO for 10 days, at which time either Alaska or St. Louis will have the option of signing him to a professional contract.
The Aces (20-14-2) enter this week's series at Sullivan Arena 12 points behind the Salmon Kings, who carry a 15-game winning streak into tomorrow night's game. Victoria (26-9-2) swept Alaska in a three-game set in Canada just before Christmas and has earned just four of their 15 consecutive triumphs away from home. Wins over Alaska tomorrow and Friday (a game also scheduled for 7:15 p.m.) would tie the league record for the longest winning streak, while a three-game sweep, meaning another victory in the series finale Saturday at 7:15 p.m., would establish a new mark. Unlike Cincinnati, whose 17 straight wins last year included three in shootouts and one in overtime, the Salmon Kings have won all 15 during the streak in regulation time.
Wes Goldie leads Victoria and the ECHL with 32 goals, including seven in six games against the Aces, who took two of three from the West leaders in Canada prior to Thanksgiving. Alaska, coming off a 3-2 loss to Bakersfield Saturday despite out-shooting the Condors 45-18, will play host to the Salmon Kings four more times after this weekend, beginning February 11. All three contests this week will be broadcast live on KFQD AM 750, with coverage beginning 15 minutes prior to the opening face-off.
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