The Alaska Aces won their third Kelly Cup 4-0 Monday, prevailing in Game 6 of a nip-and-tuck final series against the Cincinnati Cyclones to triumph in the best-of-seven contest with four wins to the Cyclones’ two.
Although the Aces and Cyclones have alternated victories through five games, Alaska has prevailed eight straight times when attempting to close out a playoff series. The Aces have been up to the challenge this year, out-shooting their opponents in every game this postseason.
Aces forward Nick Mazzolini drew first blood in the match, burying his 11th goal of the playoffs with 22.8 seconds left in the frame, giving the Aces a 1-0 lead over the Cyclones at the game’s first intermission.
By the end of the second period the Aces had opened their lead to 2-0, expanding a differential that stood at 21 shots on goal to six during the first period to 34 shots versus Cincinnati’s 17 at the second buzzer.
The Aces’ man advantage continued to play a role in the second period, with forward Brendan Connolly making his fifth assist in his last five games for defenseman Drew MacKenzie to punch in a second goal.
A third period which offered the Cyclones their only chance to recover instead simply sealed the deal, with forwards Alex Belzile and Turner Elson both finding the net and opening Alaska's lead to the final score.
Aces goalie Gerald Coleman amassed a total of 23 saves against Cincinnati, securing his second shutout of the series.
Channel 2’s Kevin Wells, Beth O’Donnell and Kari Bustamante contributed information to this story.
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