The Bakersfield Condors did the Alaska Aces a solid tonight.
Bako's 3-0 win at Ontario allowed the idle Aces to regain the overall ECHL lead in winning percentage, which will determine the regular-season champion and winner of the Brabham Cup as such, over Ontario.
Alaska owns a .691 winning percentage to Ontario's .684. Both have three games left. Sitting third is Reading at .669 with four games remaining.
The winner of the Brabham Cup will have home-ice advantage throughout the Kelly Cup playoffs. The Aces have won an unprecedented three straight Brabhams. In the league's previous 25 seasons, no other team has ever won consecutive Brabhams.
Bako rookie goaltender Laurent Brossoit, who started the season with the Aces before an NHL trade landed him in California, stopped 30 shots for his league-leading eighth shutout, which ties the ECHL single-season record of Jean-Philippe Lamoureux of the Aces (2009) and Ryan Zapolski of the South Carolina Stingrays (2013).
Also in the ECHL, Idaho rookie winger William Rapuzzi of Anchorage scored the only goal in the shootout to give the Steelheads a 3-2 win over visiting Colorado. Rapuzzi is 7 of 9 in shootouts this season and his seven shootout goals leads the circuit.
Meanwhile, in the AHL, former Aces goaltender Joni Ortio, who did some serious NHL time for Calgary, stopped 45 shots tonight to backstop the Abbotsford Heat to a 6-3 win over the Rockford IceHogs. Stellar work on a night when Rockford outshot Abbotsford 48-19.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com