The Orlando Solar Bears came back from a 3-2 deficit to the Florida Everblades to force overtime Thursday night. Patrick Watling was the hero, firing a puck that beat Everblades goaltender Anthony Peters with one second left in the extra session.

For Orlando, the win means they will go into the season’s final weekend with their playoff hopes on life support.

Teams in the Kelly Cup Playoffs:

East: Toledo Walleye, South Carolina Stingrays, Manchester Monarchs, Florida Everblades

West: Missouri Mavericks, Fort Wayne Komets, Idaho Steelheads, Allen Americans, Colorado Eagles, Utah Grizzlies, Cincinnati Cyclones

Friday’s Playoff Clinching Scenarios:

DIVISION TITLES:

  • Manchester clinches the East Division title with: win OR Reading loses in regulation OR Manchester loses in OT/SO AND Reading loss
  • South Carolina clinches the South Division title with: win OR Florida loss in regulation OR loss in OT/SO AND Florida loss
  • Colorado clinches West Division title with: win AND Idaho loss in regulation

PLAYOFF BERTHS:

  • Reading clinches a playoff berth with: win OR loss in OT/SO OR Elmira loses OR Kalamazoo loses in regulation
  • Adirondack clinches a playoff berth with: win OR Elmira loss OR Kalamazoo loses in regulation/Adirondack loses in overtime/shootout AND Elmira loses in regulation
  • Kalamazoo clinches a playoff berth with: win AND Elmira loss in regulation
  • Wheeling clinches a playoff berth with: win AND Elmira loss in regulation
  • Quad City clinches a playoff berth with: win OR loss in OT/SO AND Tulsa loses in regulation

PLAYOFF SEEDING:

  • Toledo clinches the 1st seed and Eastern Conference regular-season title with: win OR South Carolina loss in regulation OR loss in OT/SO AND South Carolina loses
  • Manchester clinches the 3rd seed in the East with: win OR Reading loss in regulation OR Manchester loses in OT/SO AND Reading loss
  • Fort Wayne clinches the 2nd seed in the West with: win AND Colorado loss in regulation
  • Allen clinches the 4th seed in the West with: win AND Colorado loss in regulation

Here are the Magic Numbers for clinching division titles at the start of play Friday:

Division Division Leader Magic Number
East Manchester 1
North Toledo CLINCHED
South South Carolina 2
Midwest Fort Wayne CLINCHED
Central Missouri CLINCHED
West Colorado 2

The races for playoff positioning are very tight in both the eastern and western conferences. Here is a breakdown of those races:

Eastern Conference:

Rank Team GP Wins Losses OT/SOL ROW* Pts Remaining Games
5 Reading 70 36 24 10 35 82 @WHL Fri, Hm v. WHL Sat
6 Adirondack 70 37 27 6 36 80 @Man Fri, Hm v. Man Sat
7 Wheeling 70 35 26 9 35 79 Hm v. REA Fri, @REA Sat
8 Kalamazoo 70 37 28 5 35 79 @TOL Fri, Hm v. TOL Sat
9 Elmira 70 37 28 5 31 79 @BRM Fri, Hm v. BRM Sat


Western Conference:

Rank Team GP Wins Losses OT/SOL ROW* Pts Remaining Games
4 x-Allen 70 40 23 7 38 87 Hm v. EVA Fri, Sat
5 x-Idaho 70 37 23 10 34 84 Hm v. MIZ Fri, Sat
6 x-Utah 70 38 26 6 36 82 @RPD Fri, Sat
7 x-Cincinnati 70 35 26 9 33 79 @QDC Fri, Sat
8 Quad City 70 36 28 6 34 78 Hm v. CIN Fri, Sat
9 Tulsa 70 35 30 5 28 75 @WIC Fri, Hm v. WIC Sat

*=> ROW is regulation/overtime wins, the first tie breaker

Here is what the playoff matchups would be for the Quarterfinal Series in both the Eastern and Western Conferences.

Eastern Conference:

y*(1) Toledo Walleye 46-19-2-3, 97 pts vs (8) Kalamazoo Wings 37-28-4-1, 79 pts
x*(2) South Carolina Stingrays 42-18-7-3, 94 pts vs (7) Wheeling Nailers 35-26-5-4, 79 pts
x*(3) Manchester Monarchs 38-23-4-5, 85 pts vs (6) Adirondack Thunder 37-27-2-4, 80 pts
x*(4) Florida Everblades 44-21-1-2, 91 pts vs (5) Reading Royals 36-24-6-4, 82 pts

Western Conference:

p*(1) Missouri Mavericks 51-14-3-2, 107 pts vs (8) Quad City Mallards 36-28-4-2, 78 pts
y*(2) Fort Wayne Komets 39-21-7-2, 87 pts vs (7) x-Cincinnati Cyclones 35-26-5-4, 79 pts 
x*(3) Colorado Eagles 40-26-3-1, 84 pts vs (6) x-Utah Grizzlies 38-26-3-3, 82 pts
x*(4) Allen Americans 39-23-3-4, 85 pts vs (5) x-Idaho Steelheads 37-23-7-3, 84 pts

x=Clinched Playoff Berth
y=Clinched Division Title
z=Clinched Conference Title
p=Clinched Regular Season Title
*=Home-Ice Advantage in Quarterfinal Round

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