WICHITA, Kan. – The final day of the 2018-19 ECHL season is here and there is still one spot and two playoff matchups up for grabs.
Before we get into the division breakdowns of what’s at stake today, a huge thanks to Joe Alsman, the statistician for Team Sin Bin. We’ve used his magic number tables and stats since our launch and each year, they are incredibly helpful. We are lucky to have Joe on our squad.
Without further adieu, let’s get into the breakdowns:
- Newfoundland has clinched the North Division and will have home-ice in at least the first two rounds of the playoffs
- Adirondack has clinched their fourth straight playoff berth. They will clinch home-ice in the opening round with their next point in the standings
- Manchester has clinched a playoff berth. They will get the second seed if Adirondack loses in regulation
- Brampton has clinched a playoff berth
- MATCHUPS: #1 Newfoundland vs. #4 Brampton; #2 Adirondack vs. #3 Manchester
- Florida has clinched the division and will have home-ice throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs
- Orlando has clinched a playoff berth and will have home-ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs
- Jacksonville has clinched their first playoff berth since relocation from Evansville, they will be the #3 seed.
- South Carolina has moved back into the fourth seed in the South Division. They will clinch a playoff berth with a win in regulation or overtime, OT/SO loss tonight against the Atlanta Gladiators.
- Atlanta will win the fourth seed if they defeat the Stingrays in regulation
- MATCHUPS: #1 Florida vs. #4 South Carolina Stingrays; #2 Orlando vs. #3 Jacksonville
- Cincinnati has clinched the Brabham Cup. They will have home-ice throughout the playoffs.
- Toledo has clinched a playoff berth. They will have home-ice in the first round of the playoffs.
- Fort Wayne has clinched a playoff berth
- Kalamazoo has clinched a playoff berth
- MATCHUPS: #1 Cincinnati vs. #4 Kalamazoo; #2 Toledo vs. #3 Fort Wayne
- Tulsa, Idaho, Utah and Kansas City have clinched playoff berths
- Tulsa has clinched the Mountain Division, their first regular-season title since 1976
- Idaho has clinched home-ice in the first round of the playoffs
- Utah will be the third seed
- Kansas City will be the fourth seed
- Wichita will clinch fifth in the Mountain with a win
- MATCHUPS: #1 Tulsa vs. #4 Kansas City; #2 Idaho vs. #3 Utah
Here are the teams who have qualified:
EASTERN CONFERENCE => Newfoundland, Adirondack, Manchester, Brampton, Florida, Orlando, Jacksonville,
WESTERN CONFERENCE => Cincinnati, Toledo, Kalamazoo, Fort Wayne, Idaho, Tulsa, Utah, Kansas City
Here are the teams who are eliminated:
EASTERN CONFERENCE => Reading, Maine, Worcester, Norfolk, Greenville
WESTERN CONFERENCE => Indy, Wheeling, Rapid City, Wichita, Allen
Here’s a look at the playoff bracket entering today’s action:
Cyclones Win Brabham Cup
The Brabham Cup, and home-ice throughout the 2019 Kelly Cup Playoffs, has been awarded to the Cincinnati Cyclones.
Looking back to 2006-07, the winners of the Brabham Cup have gone on to win the Kelly Cup three times.
|2006-07||Las Vegas Wranglers||Lost in Conference Semis to Idaho|
|2007-08||Cincinnati Cyclones||WON KELLY CUP|
|2008-09||Florida Everblades||Lost in South Division Finals to SC|
|2009-10||Idaho Steelheads||Lost in Kelly Cup Finals to Cincinnati|
|2010-11||Alaska Aces||WON KELLY CUP|
|2011-12||Alaska Aces||Lost in Conference Finals to Las Vegas|
|2012-13||Alaska Aces||Lost in Conference Semis to Stockton|
|2013-14||Alaska Aces||WON KELLY CUP|
|2014-15||Toledo Walleye||Lost in Conference Finals to SC|
|2015-16||Missouri Mavericks||Lost in Conference Semis to Allen|
|2016-17||Toledo Walleye||Lost in Conference Finals to Colorado|
|2017-18||Florida Everblades||Lost in Kelly Cup Finals to Colorado|