SAN FRANCISCO – The Hockey Heritage Weekend happened in Alaska, which included three games between the Alaska Aces and the Stockton Thunder. Alaska swept the three-game set from Stockton that included a huge dust up between Thunder Captain Garet Hunt and Aces Defenseman Dustin Molle in the warm-ups of the second game on Saturday. Both players are suspended indefinitely.
Colorado enjoyed two wins against last-place Las Vegas before being defeated Friday and Saturday by the Idaho Steelheads.
Idaho swept a two-game series from Colorado over the weekend after beating Utah in a game on Wednesday.
The Utah Grizzlies were happy to have both goaltenders awarded. Their goaltender Igor Bobkov was named CCM ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Jan 27 – Feb 2. Bobkov went 2-0 last week with .966 in those two appearances and helped Utah have 13-2-4 record in their last 19 games. Aaron Dell, also of Utah, was named Warrior Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Month for January.
Ontario is having their share of problems, mostly dealing with net minding. On Tuesday, they lost to the Thunder and then lost both games in a two-game series to the Bakersfield Condors, who are on a nice little winning streak. Ontario is still leading the Western Conference though, the lead is tight. They just won a shootout with the Utah Grizzlies in a wild and energetic afternoon game.
Bakersfield is the shining surprise of the conference this week, having four wins in a row this week (over Stockton and Ontario) and improving their record to 22-20-1-3. Look to see the Condors shooting upwards.
Las Vegas continues its spiral down, with losses on Tuesday and Wednesday to Colorado and more weekend losses to Utah on Friday and Saturday and a loss to Bakersfield on Sunday. There is still no word on a new arena for next season, and the fans fear the longer nothing is heard, the worse it could be for their beloved Wranglers.
Alaska sits atop the Mountain Division, followed by Colorado, Idaho and Utah.
Ontario is the only team in the Pacific Division to be ahead of any team in the Mountain Division. After Ontario and the entire Mountain Division, it is Stockton, Bakersfield and Las Vegas.