With an ECHL-leading 90 points through 60 regular season games -- and with 12 games to go -- the Alaska Aces seem like a strong bet to crack the 100-point mark for the third time in their 10 ECHL seasons.
The franchise standard is the 113 points the 2005-06 team rang up, and no doubt you puckheads will remember that club brought home the first of the franchise's two Kelly Cups. The 2006-07 team racked 105 points. And, in nine previous ECHL seasons, the Aces have racked 93 or more points six times.
Alaska would have to bang out a remarkable finish in its last 12 games to reach the franchise record -- the Aces would need 23 of a possible 24 points to tie that 113-point season in 05-06. Don't see that happening, but besting the 105 points from 06-07 seems doable.
For what it's worth, the Aces have bagged 97 points in each of the last two seasons.
Here are the top five point totals in ECHL history and how those teams fared in the postseason:
116 -- Louisiana Ice Gators, 2001-02 (eliminated in division semifinals)
115 -- Cincinnati Cyclones, 2007-08 (won Kelly Cup); Texas Wildcatters, 2007-08 (eliminated in division semifinals)
113 -- Alaska Aces, 2005-06 (won Kelly Cup)
112 -- Las Vegas Wranglers, 2005-06 (eliminated in division finals by Aces)