The Alaska Aces are streaking into Colorado.
Not literally, of course -- they flew to the Rockies on airplanes, presumably while clothed -- but in the sense they have been winning hockey games and have several players delivering strong statistics of late.
As the Aces prepare to open a two-game, ECHL series against the Eagles on Friday night, they enter with a four-game winning streak, an eight-game point streak (6-0-2) and at least a point in each of their five previous road games (3-0-2).
Alaska also has earned at least a point in 16 of its last 19 games (13-3-3) and owns a four-point cushion on Colorado atop the Mountain Division. The Aces own the second-best winning percentage in the league (.708), trailing only Western Conference-leading Ontario (.750).
On top of that, goaltender Olivier Roy has been nearly unbeatable in the last six weeks. He has won six consecutive starts and 10 of his last 11.
And after a stretch in which leading scorer Peter Sivak notched two points in six games -- granted, both were goals -- the Slovakian winger has scored at least a point in five straight games and reeled off 4-6--10 totals in that span.
Center Mathew Sisca owns a four-game point streak in which he has furnished 3-3--6 totals and captain Nick Mazzolini has a point in each of the last four games, with 1-3--4 totals in that stretch.
With injuries and promotions to the American Hockey League leaving the Aces short on bodies -- Friday, they will likely dress one less skater than the league maximum of 16 -- they have required contributions from throughout the lineup.
Ross Ring-Jarvi, for instance, began the season as a checking-line winger, but lately has shouldered more offensive opportunity. He's carried it well, generating 5-10--17 totals in the last 15 games.
And while winger Tommy Mele has produced 1-3--4 totals in the last five games, his tenacity has exceeded those totals. He's driving hard to the net and has unleashed 20 shots on goal in the last four games.
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Alaska Aces vs. the western conference
The Alaska Aces (24-9-3) so far this ECHL hockey season have played seven of their eight opponents in the Western Conference — all six games against Stockton still are on tap — and own winning records against five of those seven clubs.
This weekend, they face a two-game road series against the Colorado Eagles, the only opponent this season they have played, but not beaten — the Eagles swept a series in Colorado in November.
Here’s how the Aces have fared against opponents this season:
vs. Las Vegas Wranglers 8-1-0
vs. Utah Grizzlies 5-1-0
vs. Idaho Steelheads 4-2-2
vs. Bakersfield Condors 3-0-0
vs. San Francisco Bulls 3-1-1
vs. Ontario Reign 1-2-0
vs. Colorado Eagles 0-2-0
By DOYLE WOODY