Granted, the Alaska Aces have won eight consecutive hockey games.
Granted, they have scored 17 consecutive goals.
Granted, they have not surrendered a goal in 209 minutes, 3 seconds, the equivalent of three and a half games.
Granted, they are 4-0-0 on the road and have not surrendered a road goal in 172:34, or nearly three games.
Granted, they have racked more shutouts (5) than they have games surrendering a goal (4).
Granted, they have twice scored more consecutive goals (14 and 10) than their opponents have scored all season (9).
Granted, in just nine games, their goal differential is an ECHL-leading and absurd +28.
Yet -- interesting -- their .889 winning percentage (8-1-0) ranks just fourth on the 22-team circuit.
That's because the Cincinnati Cyclones check in with a winning percentage of 1.000 (6-0-0), and the Florida Everblades and South Carolina Stingrays both check in at .944 (each is 8-0-1).
South Carolina won tonight, 4-2, at Greenville to match Florida atop the South Division.
Man, talk about some teams off to blistering starts.
Oh, and one winless team remains, the Bakersfield Condors (0-6-1). The Gwinnett Gladiators aren't doing much better (1-7-0).
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com