With just over two weeks remaining in the regular season, teams in every division have begun to officially punch their tickets into the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Every division, that is, except for the North.
The ECHL North Division has been one of the toughest all season long. Ahead of the deadline, five of the six teams in the division are above .500 and within striking distance of a playoff berth.
MANCHESTER, N.H. - Check out this great photo gallery from The Sin Bin's Kristin Basnett of a recent ECHL North Division tilt between the Worcester Railers & Manchester Monarchs at SNHU Arena!
BRAMPTON, ON – Sunday, the Beast broke their pointless streak by picking up a point in Jacksonville in overtime, twice coming from behind to force overtime. Tuesday, the Worcester Railers made their second and final trip to Brampton this season, for a chance to pick-up two points in their hunt for the playoffs.
READING, PA- After a pair of wins last weekend -- both coming via Branden Komm shutouts -- the Reading Royals put a bow on their four-game homestand Thursday night against the Worcester Railers.
Saturday’s victory against Worcester was an emotional and gritty performance, and the Orlando Solar Bears are looking for that experience to give them confidence to build a streak. It was clear both from the on-ice play and from the responses in the post-game press conference that the team has found a new sense of urgency and toughness in its play.
In Friday's game, after an opening five minutes dominated by the Solar Bears, the Railers got on track, and the Solar Bears just weren’t able to keep up.
CHARLESTON, S.C. - The South Carolina Stingrays are in New England to take on some North Division foes on the road for the first time this year.
With the Beast having dropped back to sixth place in the North, this week’s games versus divisional teams are key to righting the ship. With all three games being on the road, this will be a tough task for the squad. They start with two games in three nights in Manchester, followed the next night with a game in Worcester.
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Sin Bin's Ed Bailey puts a bow on his 2018 All-Star Classic Coverage with the championship round between the Mountain Division and South Division, as well as the Postgame festivities.