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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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Hey, let’s do math! Well, math of sorts – hockey math, courtesy this dope operating the keyboard, a liberal arts major who can barely operate a calculator.

In any event, with the ECHL regular season winding down and the Alaska Aces still hunting a Pacific Division playoff berth – they’ll have to take it from the Utah Grizzlies – let’s break down the situation.

Utah’s 5-3 loss to Idaho tonight leaves the Grizzlies with 72 points in 65 games. The Aces, after their 8-4 victory at Bakersfield on Tuesday, own 69 points in 63 games. So, the Aces trail the Grizzlies by three points and have two games in hand – Alaska has nine games left and Utah seven game remaining, and two of those are Alaska at Utah games on April 3-4...

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Spain’s Kilian Jornet, who is widely considered the world’s best mountain runner and last year zipped up Mount McKinley astonishingly fast, has announced he intends to run the storied Mount Marathon race in Seward this summer.

Mount Marathon officials on Wednesday confirmed Jornet, 27, submitted his application and will be placed in the lottery for a slot in the annual Fourth of July race up and down the 3,022-foot slab of pain. If Jornet does not gain a lottery spot, he will almost certainly be granted a special invitation based on his exceptional results in race around the world.

Jornet announced his intention to race Mount Marathon on his blog.

Jornet’s mountain exploits are myriad, and marvelous...

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Winger Casey Bailey of Anchorage, who last week signed a two-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, is likely to make his NHL debut Thursday night and become the 15th Alaskan to play in the world’s best hockey league.

Bailey, 23, practiced with the Maple Leafs on Wednesday and Toronto coach Peter Horachek told media the rookie will probably play Thursday when the Maple Leafs entertain the Florida Panthers.

Bailey, who last week finished his junior season at Penn State, would become the fifth Alaskan to debut in the NHL without previously playing a minor-league pro game. Ty Jones, Barrett Heisten, Scott Gomez and Matt Carle moved straight to the NHL from either the major-junior or college ranks...

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The Alaska Aces bid farewell to Rabobank Arena on Tuesday night with the hockey equivalent of all but burning down the joint.

The Aces shook themselves from an early slumber, torched the Bakersfield Condors for six unanswered first-period goals in a span of 7 minutes, 26 seconds, and eased to an 8-4 road victory in California.

Alaska (31-25-7), which pulled within three points of fourth-place Utah for the last playoff spot in the ECHL’s Pacific Division, has one game in hand on the Grizzlies and nine games left in the 72-game regular season. The Aces’ win also officially eliminated the Condors (24-33-8) from playoff contention, although Bakersfield’s fate was a question of when, not if...

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A handful of Alaskans will continue chasing college national titles this week.

In the opening round of the 16-team Division I tournament, Minnesota State-Mankato junior goaltender Stephon Williams of Anchorage leads the No. 1-ranked Mavericks against RIT in the regional in South Bend, Indiana, on Saturday. Also in South Bend that day, Nebraska-Omaha junior defenseman Brian Cooper of Anchorage and his No. 9-ranked Mavericks take on Harvard. If both teams with Alaskans won, we would have Mavericks vs. Mavericks in the regional final.

Anyhow, Williams, a New York Islanders draft pick, is 25-5-3, 1.64, .926, with five shutouts. That's, um, pretty tight. Cooper, an Anaheim Ducks draft pick, owns 5-11--16 and +12 totals in 36 games...

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