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Mathematically eliminated Aces close Friday with victory before 5,419 fans

April 11, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) - Alaska Aces News Release

ANCHORAGE, Alaska - Chris Francis and Greg Wolfe registered multi point games while Niklas Lundstrom made 33 saves, helping the Alaska Aces defeat the Ontario Reign, 3-1 before a crowd of 5,419 at Sullivan Arena on Friday night.

The Aces, snapping a four-game losing streak, scored all three goals in the second period and cruised to a 3-0 lead en route to the wire-to-wire victory. They were mathematically eliminated from playoff contention by the end of the first period after Utah defeated Colorado, 3-2 in overtime, ending a streak of 11 consecutive seasons qualifying for the postseason.

The win marked the 12th consecutive season the Aces reached the 20-win plateau on home ice.


The Aces close the season tomorrow against the Ontario Reign, the finale of a three-game series at 7:15 p.m. (GCI/KFQD). Tickets are available by visiting, phoning (907) 258-2237, visiting the Aces Store (15th & Gambell) or local Fred Meyer locations. All Aces fans in attendance are encouraged to wear blue and invited to stay for the Aces' player jersey auction, immediately following the game.

Lundstrom and counterpart Adam Brown dueled to a scoreless tie through one period, with the best chance coming on Justin Breton's burst of speed to the left circle and shot that hit the post with three minutes left in the period.

Francis opened the scoring with a 55-foot snapshot for his career-high 26th goal that clipped Brown at 1:29 of the second period and Tim Coffman followed by finishing Ryan Walters' centering attempt off the rush, 10:08 into the period for a 2-0 bulge.

Wolfe then stashed his 22nd goal for a 3-0 cushion at 11:35 of the period, finishing a feed by Chris Francis after he walked out from the right boards to the blueline. Judd Blackwater's 35th goal of the season spoiled Lundstrom's shutout bid on a one-timer at the right circle for a 3-1 deficit, but Ontario wouldn't get any closer.

Lundstrom made 11 saves in the third period including successive stops from tight range on Rocco Carzo and Maxim Kitsyn with over 11 minutes to play.

Brown took the loss on 32 saves.

NOTES: The Aces scratched Nilan Nagy, Curt Gogol, Ryan Tesink, Dean Chelios, Landon Oslanski, Justin Johnson and Brad Gorham ... Francis snapped a four-game goal scoring drought ... the Aces have fired 78 shots in the two game series and reached the 30-shot plateau in nine of the last ten games ... tomorrow's game will be the final, all-time between the two teams (Ontario will play next season in the American Hockey League) ... Sullivan Arena and the Aces have drawn over 10,000 fans for the two games in the series ... the Los Angeles Kings and Aces are two of professional hockey's reigning champions to be eliminated from the playoffs this week - defending AHL champion, Texas, has also yet to qualify but needs one point with four games remaining to reach the Calder Cup Playoffs.

For Kelly Cup championship merchandise, 2014-15 season tickets, corporate sponsorship packages, and more information, please call 907-258-ACES. The Aces can also be visited on Facebook at or on Twitter, @AlaskaAces.

Three Stars:

1. AK - N. Lundstrom

2. AK - C. Francis

3. ONT - J. Blackwater

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