Brett Findlay had a goal and two assists, while Nick Mazzolini, Tyler Mosienko, and Brendan Connolly all furnished two helpers as the Aces scored early and often in a 6-1 rout of the Ontario Reign in Wednesday's opener of a big ECHL series.
The victory enables Alaska to pull within two points of Ontario for the highest total in the Western Conference. The Reign drop to 33-14-5 overall, while the Aces improve to 33-14-3.
Andy Taranto and Zach Davies scored 57 seconds apart in the opening 3:22 of regulation to get the Aces off to a roaring start. Alaska continued to hold a 2-0 lead after one period.
Just 31 seconds into the middle frame, Mazzolini fed Peter Sivak for a 3-0 advantage. Turner Elson then tallied for the second time as a member of the Aces for a 4-0 lead at 4:49 of the period.
Findlay and Tommy Mele added third period goals to cap the scoring. Gerald Coleman stopped 27 of 28 shots to collect the win in net.