With time growing thin on the ECHL’s regular-season, the races for the Kelly Cup Playoffs are heating up.
With Missouri’s loss last night at Tulsa, the Mavericks failed to clinch the Western Conference regular-season title out right, but can with one more point. The Mavericks play in Wichita tonight and Sunday evening. It is also looking like the earliest the Brabham Cup can be clinched is Wednesday night, when the Mavericks play host to the Evansville IceMen.
Toledo can clinch a playoff berth tonight with a win, an overtime or shootout loss or an Atlanta loss.
Manchester will have to wait until next week to sew up their first ever berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Saturday’s Key Matchups:
Florida and South Carolina square off for the second game of their weekend set tonight, as they continue to battle for supremacy atop the South Division. Last night, the Everblades won 4-3 in a shootout to regain a one-point lead over the Stingrays.
Elmira and Manchester will also play again tonight. The Jackals won Friday night’s game 4-2 and remain in eighth place in the Eastern Conference.
There are three key matchups tonight in the Western Conference.
The Quad City Mallards look for a weekend sweep of the Fort Wayne Komets. Entering the game, the Mallards are in eighth in the Western Conference, while the Komets have a percentage points lead (tied with 77 points in the standings) over Idaho for second place in the conference.
Colorado continues to make a late-season charge up the standings. They defeated a slumping Utah Grizzlies team 4-3 Friday night and have crept to within two points of Utah for sixth position in the Western Conference.
The Tulsa Oilers will look to gain ground on Quad City, as they head to Allen to play the Americans. Tulsa has 8-5-0-0 record against Allen this season.
Here are the Magic Numbers for clinching division titles as of Saturday:
|Division||Division Leader||Magic Number|
If the Playoffs Started Today:
Here is what the playoff matchups would be for the Quarterfinal Series in both the Eastern and Western Conferences. The record in parenthesis is the team’s record at the start of play on Friday.
*(1) Toledo Walleye 41-16-2-3, 87 pts vs (8) Elmira Jackals 33-27-3-1, 70 pts
*(2) Manchester Monarchs 37-19-3-5, 82 pts vs (7) Wheeling Nailers 32-23-3-4, 71 pts
*(3) Florida Everblades 39-20-0-2, 80 pts vs (6) Reading Royals 32-23-5-3, 72 pts
*(4) South Carolina Stingrays 36-18-5-3, 80 pts (5) Adirondack Thunder 35-21-2-4, 76 pts
y*(1) Missouri Mavericks 47-9-3-2, 99 pts vs (8) Quad City Mallards 30-25-4-2, 66 pts
*(2) Fort Wayne Komets 35-20-5-2, 77 pts vs (7) Colorado Eagles 33-26-2-1, 69 pts
*(3) Idaho Steelheads 35-21-5-2, 77 pts vs (6) Utah Grizzlies 33-25-3-2, 71 pts
*(4) Allen Americans 36-21-3-3, 78 pts vs (5) Cincinnati Cyclones 33-22-4-3, 73 pts
x=Clinched Playoff Berth
y=Clinched Division Title
z=Clinched Conference Title
p=Clinched Regular Season Title
*=Home-Ice in 1st rd.
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