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.