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Victoria closes out 2010-11 campaign with 4-1 loss against Alaska

April 3, 2011 - ECHL (ECHL) - Victoria Salmon Kings News Release

Victoria, BC - In a Saturday night matchup, the Victoria Salmon Kings and the Alaska Aces closed out the 2010-11 ECHL regular season at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. The Salmon Kings gave the call to Jimmy Spratt, while the Aces countered with Gerald Coleman.

Off the opening faceoff, Alaska forward Ethan Cox skated into the offensive zone from the left side where he snapped a shot past Spratt. The goal, 16 seconds in, was Cox's 14th of the year. The game took on a physical feel to it in the early minutes as several small scrums broke out between the two West Division rivals. After a tussle occurred in front of the team benches, Alaska went on a 5-on-3 advantage. At 4:34, Wes Goldie blasted his 46th goal of the season from the point over the glove of the Salmon Kings goaltender to extend the Aces lead to 2-0. Victoria continued to play physical as Matt Siddall dropped the gloves with Russ Sinkewich. The Salmon Kings' forward landed the majority of the shots between the two combatants before the linesmen jumped in. Another bout broke out four minutes later as Kiel McLeod went at it with Craig Anderson. McLeod controlled the fight as he dealt a handful of uppercuts to Anderson for the decision. Victoria cut the goal deficit in half in the middle of a double minor penalty kill when Adam Taylor fed Chad Painchaud who came in on a partial breakaway. Victoria's leading goal scorer skated to the hash marks where he wristed his 27th of the year past Coleman at 16:44. The successful penalty kill and shorthanded goal sparked the Salmon Kings as they controlled the play the remainder of the frame. Alaska led Victoria 2-1 as they headed into the intermission.

Victoria had the first chance of the second frame off of a 3-on-1 when Jeff Caister fed the puck cross-ice to Taylor. The Salmon Kings' forward one timed the puck, but his shot rang off the cross bar. Goldie responded to the Victoria pressure shortly after when he got behind Victoria's defense and released a slap shot from the side wall. The shot rang off the outside of the post, keeping it a one goal game. With open ice on a 4-on-4 opportunity, the Aces restored their two-goal advantage. Scott Howes dished a cross-crease pass to Dan Kissel who scored his 20th marker of the year past a stretched out Spratt. Victoria continued to battle in the late stages of the period as forwards Milan Gajic and Ryan Dingle forced Coleman to make two tough saves. Alaska held their 3-1 lead after two periods.

After a slow, defensive start to the final period, the Salmon Kings began to pile on the pressure in the Aces end near the midway point. Victoria crashed hard along the boards and had several quality shots in the slot on Coleman, but couldn't find a hole on the Alaska netminder. The Aces extended their lead at the 12:15 mark when Brandon Gentile's shot from the blue line was redirected in by Cox for his second goal of the night. Victoria went on the power play in the final minutes, but were unable to notch a goal past Coleman. Aces 4 Salmon Kings 1.

Victoria went 0/2=00.0% on the power play, while Alaska was 1/5=20.0%. The Aces outshot the Salmon Kings 37-26.

The Salmon Kings will now open the 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs against the Bakersfield Condors in Game 1 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal. Game 1 goes this Monday against the Bakersfield Condors at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, while the second contest will take place in Victoria the following evening on Tuesday, April 5th. Puck drop for both games goes at 7:05 p.m.

The Salmon Kings are offering $5 tickets for the opening two home games of the 2010-11 Kelly Cup Playoffs. The discounted playoff ticket is available to fans in all standard-bowl seating (excluding club seats). There is no maximum of tickets allowed to buy, so make sure to get yours today before they sell out! Fans can purchase the discounted tickets online at www.selectyourtickets.com with the code word "GOKINGSGO". Tickets will also be available in person at the Select Your Tickets Box Office, or over the phone at 250-220-7777.

Fans who purchase a complete Kelly Cup Playoff package that guarantees seats to all home postseason games at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre, will receive all first round home games for free. Additionally, discounts on playoff tickets will be available for fans that order group packages of 10 or more tickets for any home playoff game. For more information, please call 250-220=7889.

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