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Tuesday, May 27 2014 10:38 PM

Condors' season ends with Game 6 loss to Aces

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    BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily NewsAlaska Aces right wing Alex Belzile goes down to the ice as Bakersfield left winger Chris Collis covers during second period action in Game 6 of the ECHL Western Conference Finals at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

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    By BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News

    Bakersfield center Gary Steffes reacts to the third goal of the game scored by the Alaska Aces in the second period Game 6 of the ECHL Western Conference Finals at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

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    BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily News Alaska Aces forward Evan Trupp attempts to control the puck in the second period against the Bakersfield Condors during Game 6 of the ECHL Western Conference Finals at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

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    BILL ROTH / Anchorage Daily NewsBakersfield goaltender Laurent Brossoit stops a shot by Alaska forward Evan Trupp during first period action during Game 6 of the ECHL Western Conference Finals at the Sullivan Arena in Anchorage on Tuesday, May 27, 2014.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

ANCHORAGE, Alaska --The best season in Condors history ended on Tuesday night as the Alaska Aces advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals with a 4-1 win in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals.

The Aces, who were playing in their seventh Western Conference Finals, will face Cincinnati in the finals with Game 1 on Friday night in Anchorage. Cincinnati beat Greenville 3-2 on Tuesday night -- the game winner was a short-hander -- to win that series in six games.

The Condors, who missed the playoffs the past two seasons, were playing in their first Western Conference Finals.

Bakersfield, which started the season 1-10-1, reached the Western Conference Finals by beating both Utah and Stockton in five games.

Bakersfield opened the series by getting a split in Anchorage then took a 2-1 series lead with a 5-4 win in Bakersfield on Friday night.

But the Condors had no answer for the Aces since the end of the first period on Friday night, when Bakersfield held a 3-0 lead. Since that time the Aces outscored the Condors 16-3.

As was the case in a Condors loss on Sunday night, penalty woes led to Alaska's win.

Two penalties in the first five minutes led to a 5-on-3 power play for the Aces with John Ramage converting five minutes into the game. Just over two minutes later, seconds after a power-play expired, the Aces went up 2-0 on a Turner Elson goal.

Jordan Morrison put the Aces up 3-0 with less than two minutes left in the second period.

Condors defenseman Erik Burgdoerfer ended Gerald Coleman's shutout bid 1:52 into the third with a power-play goal but Alaska's Nick Mazzolini answered two minutes later for the final tally.

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