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Aces morning skate: Game 6 Finals edition

Doyle Woody,Adn Staff

CINCINNATI -- Alaska Aces coach Rob Murray will make just one lineup change for Monday night's Game 6 of the ECHL Kelly Cup Finals, which gives his club, leading the Cincinnati Cyclones 3-2 in the best-of-7 series, its first shot at winning the third championship in franchise history.

Rookie defenseman John Ramage, who sat out Alaska's 4-2 win in Game 5 here at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday night to serve a one-game, league-imposed suspension, will replace rookie defenseman Brad Richard.

Tough call, Murray noted. Richard on Saturday scored the game-winning goal in the third period. Still, Ramage leads the league's defensemen in playoff points with 4-9--13 totals in 19 games. He's tied for first in goals and tied for second in assists, and he's +10.

"Rammer's been arguably our best defenseman all playoffs,'' Murray said. "He was out of the lineup for a suspension, not because of how he was playing.''

Ramage, who shoots right, will be paired with Corey Syvret. Otherwise, the Aces' lines and pairings looked the same as in Game 5.

To recap:

Connolly-Mazzolini-Elson

Findlay-Morrison-Belzile

Trupp-Mosienko-Sivak

Mele

MacKenzie-Lafranchise

Syvret-Ramage

McKelvie-Curry

Of course, Gerald Coleman will start in net.

Meanwhile, goaltender Olivier Roy, who suffered a lower-body injury in Game 1 of the Finals and did not initially make the trip, arrived here at about 6 p.m. Sunday after flying all night and most of the day. The Aces flew him in to be here in case they win the Cup tonight. Classy move, and certainly not inexpensive. The Aces did the same before Game 5 in Kalamazoo in 2011, when they got rookie forwards Zach Harrison and Jerad Stewart to Michigan even though those players had season-ending injuries and were not even on the playoff roster.

Should Cincinnati avoid elimination Monday night, Game 7 would be Wednesday night at Sullivan Arena in Anchorage.

 


By DOYLE WOODY, adn.com
Anchorage