San Francisco Bulls to start off Kelly Cup playoffs against Alaska Aces

S.F. Examiner File PhotoThe SF Bulls will meet the Alaska Aces in Game 1 and 2 of the Kelly Cup playoff series.

Playoff hockey is around the corner and the San Francisco Bulls are gearing up for a first-round series against the top-seeded Alaska Aces.

The first Kelly Cup playoff series in Bulls franchise history will get underway next week when the Bulls (24-36-8), who are locked into the eighth spot in the ECHL’s Western Conference, meet up with the Aces (46-15-7) for Games 1 and 2 on April 5 and April 6 in Anchorage, Alaska. The Bulls will host playoff games for the first time on April 11 and April 12 when Game 3 and Game 4 are played at the Cow Palace. If necessary, Game 5 will also be played on the Bulls’ home ice and the contest is slated for April 13.  

With three games remaining in the regular season, coach and president Pat Curcio said he’s itching for the second season to begin.

“It’s playoff hockey,” he said. “There’s nothing better.”

The Aces have picked up the most points (103) in the ECHL this season, but Curcio said his club will give them a tough fight. The Bulls won two out of three contests in Alaska in January and they lost two hard-fought, one-goal games to the Aces at the Cow Palace less than two weeks ago.

The Bulls could also benefit from the additions of Dalton Leveille and Antoine Corbin from the AHL Hamilton Bulldogs and signings of Nick Czinder and Brett Findlay of the OHL last week.

“We always play hard against the Aces, it should be a good series,” Curcio said.

pgackle@sfexaminer.com

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