Last night, the Brampton Beast made history by clinching their first Kelly Cup playoff berth. In the western conference, a division was clinched, the playoff matchups for one division have been finalized and we now have a new team in the 4-seed in the Mountain division.

Three more teams in the East can clinch playoff berths by the end of the day.

Let’s get into our breakdowns:

Eastern Conference:

NORTH: 

  • The Brampton Beast clinched their first-ever Kelly Cup playoff berth Saturday night with a 4-2 win over Reading.
  • The Reading Royals can clinch a berth this afternoon with a win or an OT/SO loss.
  • Manchester can clinch a berth — and eliminate Wheeling — with a win or a Wheeling loss in OT/SO or if Manchester loses in an OT/SO and Wheeling loses.
TEAM RECORD ROW GAMES REMAINING UP NEXT
x-1 Adirondack Thunder 38-20-7-4 (87 pts) 35 3 (1H, 2A) Hm v. MAN Wed
x-2 Brampton Beast 38-23-3-5 (84 pts) 37 3 (3H, 0A) Hm v. WHL Wed
3 Manchester Monarchs 35-22-7-4 (81 pts) 34 4 (2H, 2A) Hm v. ELM Sun
4 Reading Royals 37-24-4-2 (80 pts) 36 4 (2H, 2A) @WHL Sun
5 Wheeling Nailers 33-27-8-0 (74 pts) 32 4 (2H, 2A) Hm v. REA Sun

SOUTH:

  • The Everblades have clinched the South Division and top seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs
  • Orlando can clinch a playoff berth today with a win & if Cincinnati loses in regulation
  • Positions 2-5 in the South are separated by seven points. Here is a look at the standings, ROW wins, goal differential, the games remaining and next games for the teams involved:
TEAM RECORD ROW GOAL DIFF GAMES REMAINING UP NEXT
x-2 Greenville Swamp Rabbits 39-25-4-1 (83 pts) 37 +3 3 (1H, 2A) Hm v. ATL Sun
3 Orlando Solar Bears 35-24-6-3 (79 pts) 32 +15 4 (2H, 2A) @SC Sun
4 South Carolina Stingrays 36-28-3-1 (76 pts) 35 +11 4 (3H, 1A) Hm v. ORL Sun
5 Cincinnati Cyclones 36-27-4-0 (76 pts) 32 -6 3 (0H, 3A) Hm v. CIN Sat
  • South Carolina’s magic number to clinch a playoff berth is 5.
  • Norfolk, Elmira, and Atlanta have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Western Conference:

  • Colorado, Allen, Toledo, Fort Wayne, Quad City, Kalamazoo, and Idaho have all clinched playoff berths.
  • Wichita, Tulsa, Indy and Rapid City have been eliminated from playoff contention

CENTRAL: 

  • Toledo clinched the Central division Saturday night by virtue of a shootout loss.
  • Fort Wayne will be the 2-seed in the divisional playoffs, Quad City will be the 3-seed and Kalamazoo the 4-seed. See the bracket below for playoff matchups.

MOUNTAIN: 

  • Allen leapfrogged Colorado again to lead the Mountain Division. Allen’s magic number for clinching the division is 3.
  • The team that doesn’t win the division (Colorado or Allen) will be the 2-seed.

Here is a look at the top of the Mountain Division standings; the games remaining, upcoming schedule & the team’s ROW (non-shootout wins) and goal differential totals (first two ECHL tiebreakers):

TEAM RECORD ROW GOAL DIFF GAMES LEFT UP NEXT
1 Allen Americans 46-17-4-2 (98 pts) 44 +81 3 (1H, 2A) Hm v. WIC Wed
2 Colorado Eagles 46-19-2-3 (97 pts) 44 +59 2 (0H, 2A) @RC Fri
  • Idaho has locked in the 3-seed
  • By virtue of their win over the Rapid City Rush and a loss by the Alaska Aces, the Utah Grizzlies now occupy the fourth and final playoff position in the Mountain division.
  • Utah has a one-point lead on Alaska and a three-point lead on the Missouri Mavericks.

Here is a look at the standings, the games remaining, upcoming schedule & the team’s ROW (non-shootout wins) and goal differential totals (first two ECHL tiebreakers):

TEAM RECORD ROW GOAL DIFF GAMES LEFT UP NEXT
4 Utah Grizzlies 34-28-5-2 (75 pts) 31 -17 3 (3H, 0A) Hm v. MIZ Wed
5 Alaska Aces 32-27-3-7 (74 pts) 31 -5 3 (3H, 0A) Hm v. IDA Wed
6 Missouri Mavericks 32-28-3-5 (72 pts) 29 -4 4 (1H, 3A) Hm v. WIC Sun

Here is how the bracket shakes out if the playoffs started today. Teams who have clinched berths are represented by an “X” next to their seeding. “Y” represents a division champion:

The Race for the Brabham Cup:

Entering Sunday’s action, the Walleye’s magic number for clinching the regular season title is 4, but the race for the Brabham Cup is as tight as it has been for a long time. Here are the standings at the top of the league entering action on Sunday:

TEAM RECORD ROW GOAL DIFF GAMES REMAINING UP NEXT
Toledo Walleye 48-16-2-2 (100 pts) 45 +96 4 (3H, 1A) Hm v. FTW Sun
Allen Americans 46-17-4-2 (98 pts) 44 +81 3 (1H, 2A) Hm v. WIC Wed
Colorado Eagles 46-19-2-3 (97 pts) 44 +59 2 (0H, 2A) @RC Fri

With their next point, the Toledo Walleye can eliminate the Colorado Eagles for Brabham Cup contention. The importance of winning the Brabham Cup is that it gives the winner home-ice advantage throughout every round of the playoffs for as long as they are in.

Stay with thesinbin.net as we continue to break down the race for the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs!

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