Last week, the Blues’ ECHL affiliate, the Alaska Aces, embarked on their Kelly Cup Final series against the Kalamazoo Wings. The Aces took their second ever Kelly Cup via a 5-3 victory over the K-Wings in five games.
The series shook out as so:
Game 1 – Alaska, 5 Kalamazoo, 0
Game 2 – Alaska, 3 Kalamazoo, 2 (OT)
Game 3 – Kalamazoo, 4 Alaska, 1
Game 4 – Alaska, 7 Kalamazoo, 5
Game 5 – Alaska, 5 Kalamazoo, 3
The Aces led in shots to open the game, and led by one shot on goal in the first period with 11 to 10. The first period was a blank sheet as the teams went in to the second period scoreless. Kalamazoo was first on the board but the Aces weren’t going to put up with Kalamazoo having a lead; they scored a mere 32 seconds later to tie the game 1-1 early in the first few minutes of the second period. Shortly thereafter the Aces benefited from a Kalamazoo penalty and took their lead during the power play. Kalamazoo evened the keel once again in the second period after A.J. Thelen scored off of an offensive zone face off, setting the game at 2-2. The Aces nabbed their lead back in the waning minutes of the second period to go in to second intermission ahead, 3-2. Both teams continued their scoring in the third, however Alaska outscored the Wings 2-1 in the third period and took the game, the series and the Cup with their 5-3 win.