Thanks to Stockton's 4-2 win over the Ontario Reign on Sunday, the Alaska Aces are back atop the ECHL standings entering the final week of the regular season and one of three clubs that can win the Brabham Cup as regular-season champions and secure home-ice advantage throughout the Kelly Cup playoffs.
The Brabham, which the Aces have won three straight seasons and which this season will be decided by winning percentage, is down to a race between the Aces, the Reign and the defending Kelly Cup champion Reading Royals.
Here's how they stand:
The Aces have three games remaining -- Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at Colorado.
The Reign have two games left -- they entertain Stockton on Wednesday and Bakersfield on Saturday.
The Royals have three games left -- Wednesday and Friday at Florida, and Saturday at Orlando.
Just FYI, the first tie-breaker is non-shootout wins. The Aces and Royals have 41, and Ontario has 38, so Ontario cannot win that tie-breaker.
By The Blog's quick math (not his strong suit!), the Aces can control their own destiny by getting four of a possible six points in Colorado. Otherwise, the equation depends on how Ontario and Reading do.
Also just FYI, the second tie-breaker is goal differential,, which the Aces have already wrapped up with their current +76 to Reading's +48. Don't see the Aces getting beat by 25-30 goals in a game -- that's The Blog's 30+ years of covering hockey bringing that knowledge. Yes, we know, quite impressive.
By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com