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Plenty of stuff to run down around the rinks today, so let's get to it and report the latest addition to the Alaska Aces.

The St. Louis Blues on Tuesday assigned third-year winger Cody Beach to the Aces from AHL Chicago. The 6-foot-5, 206-pounder isn't subtle. Beach in 39 games with the Chicago Wolves earned 2-7--9 totals and a -2 rating, but what really stands out in his 203 penalty minutes, second on the circuit.

In 96 career AHL games, Beach owns 9-18--27 totals, a +9 rating and 383 PIMs. In 31 ECHL career games, he's 4-8--12 and -7, with 85 PIMs...

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UAA dropped word today that assistant coach T.J. Jindra is leaving his job to pursue other opportunities.

Jindra was instrumental in holding together the program after the school fired Dave Shyiak in 2013 and began a complicated, start-stop-start process -- it was something of a cluster -- before hiring current bench boss Matt Thomas. It really can't be over-emphasized how much Jindra's work during the coach search maintained a measure of stability -- at that point, Jindra was the only coach on the staff.

In any event, best of luck to Jindra.

Here's the UAA release:...

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After months and months stuck on the outside looking in at the playoff picture in the ECHL’s Pacific Division, the Alaska Aces finally shoved their way into the frame Sunday.

The Aces’ 4-2 road win over the Stockton Thunder allowed Alaska to leapfrog the Utah Grizzlies by one point and move into fourth place, the last postseason spot in the division.

Alaska never trailed, and was really never threatened, in securing its fifth consecutive road victory and improving to a season-best nine games above .500 at 34-25-7...

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After winning a couple of laughers in their previous two games, the Alaska Aces didn’t enjoy any chuckles Saturday night until hockey game’s end.

The short-handed, defenseman-deprived and generally woeful Stockton Thunder delivered a professional, prideful performance and gave the Aces fits.

Still, the Aces used Ryan Walters’ game-tying goal deep into the third period and superiority in the shootout to bag a 5-4 victory in California that allowed them to keep pace in their hunt for an ECHL playoff spot.

Walters and Brendan Connolly scored in the first two rounds of the shootout at Stockton Arena, and Troy Redmann proved impenetrable against four shooters to lift the Aces to their season-best fourth straight road win...

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Brothers Ryan and Brandon Cole of Anchorage are national champions.

The sophomore forwards each contributed an assist Saturday in Trinity's 5-2 win over Wisconsin-Stevens Point to win the Division III national championship in Minneapolis.

Both brothers fired two shots on goal and earned a +1 rating. Ryan assisted on Trinity's goal to open the scoring and Brandon assisted on the Bantams' game-winning goal deep into the third period before a couple empty-net goals sealed victory.

Ryan Cole finished the season in a tie for the team lead in all three scoring categories -- 16-22--38 in 29 games. Brandon Cole finished with three assists in 22 games...

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After strafing the Bakersfield Condors for six first-period goals and eight in all earlier this week, the Alaska Aces evidently did not run out of ammunition on their road trip.

Apparently, they pulled the team bus over somewhere in California and reloaded.

The Aces on Friday night tied a team record for goals in an ECHL hockey game and tied their record for goal differential with a 10-2 road drubbing of the Stockton Thunder.

And for the second straight game, they dropped a six-goal first period on their hosts, matching their six-goal first period in Tuesday’s 8-4 win at Bakersfield. The Aces are the only club on the 28-team circuit to generate a six-goal period this season, and they’ve done it twice in 72 hours...

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Saturday's NCAA Division III men's championship game in Minneapolis will be flush with Anchorage connections.

Trinity, which features sophomore brothers Ryan and Brandon Cole of Anchorage, racked a 5-3 semifinal win over Adrian on Friday to advance to the last game of the season. Ryan had a goal -- he leads the Bantams in goals and points with 16-21--37 totals in 28 games, and he's already bagged 35-50--85 totals in just 54 career games.

Trinity will face Wisconsin-Stevens Point, which advanced with a 6-2 win over Amherst. Stevens Point includes sophomore defenseman Trace Strahle of Anchorage, who had a shot and an even rating in the semi.

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Alaska Aces coach Rob Murray kept adding to the roster Friday when the club announced the signing of forward Tanner Sorenson of Anchorage, who just finished his four-year college career at Michigan State.

Man, the Aces love them some Spartans -- Sorenson joins former college teammates Greg Wolfe and Dean Chelios on the roster...

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Everything happens fast in the NHL -- shots, passes, decision-making, mistakes, recoveries -- and Casey Bailey’s rise to the world’s best hockey league came in a hockey heartbeat.

Just one week removed from attending classes and playing for Penn State, Bailey on Thursday night made his NHL debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs and became the 15th Alaskan to play in the league.

Bailey, 23, skated 15 shifts, logged 11 minutes, 49 seconds of ice time in a 4-1 home loss to the Florida Panthers and furnished a plus-1 rating -- he was on the ice for linemate Sam Carrick’s first career goal. The Anchorage native even earned 46 seconds of power-play time...

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The Alaska Aces added another player Thursday and first off -- hey, Slater Doggett, that's quite a name. Dude sounds like he should be riding tubes on the pro surf tour.

Doggett's season resume looks good -- he just got done with his major-junior career, which he finished with 25-26--51 and -12 totals in 57 games with the Ontario Hockey League's Windsor Spitfires. The 20-year-old, a 6-foot, 190-pounder, contributed six power-play goals and two short-handed goals.

Doggett becomes, by our unofficial count, the ninth different player the Aces have added in the last two months as they've pushed themselves into playoff contention in the ECHL's Pacific Division...

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