On a night when three teams could clinch playoff berths in the Eastern Conference, none of them did so. Thanks, of course, to the Elmira Jackals winning over the Brampton Beast by the score of 5-2.
The Toledo Walleye defeated Fort Wayne 6-3. Meanwhile, the Wheeling Nailers suffered their first regulation loss in the last 10 games, losing to Kalamazoo 6-4. The win/loss combination gave the Walleye the North Division title. It also means Toledo can finish no worse than third in the Eastern Conference and will have home-ice advantage for at least the first round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs.
Also in the East, the Orlando Solar Bears fell three points behind Elmira for the final playoff spot, losing to Norfolk 4-3 in overtime.
In the west, the Quad City Mallards are back in the 8th and final playoff spot after a 3-1 win over the Evansville IceMen. Quad City will travel to Wichita for two games tonight and Tuesday. The Tulsa Oilers lost to the Utah Grizzlies by the score of 4-3. The Oilers and Grizzlies will play one final time tonight in West Valley, UT.
Saturday’s Key Games:
The South Carolina Stingrays take on the Atlanta Gladiators for the second straight game in Duluth, GA. With any point, the Stingrays will punch their ticket into the tournament.
Also for the second straight night, the Florida Everblades take on the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. If the Everblades win, they will clinch a playoff berth.
With a win and Elmira loss, the Manchester Monarchs will clinch their first-ever Kelly Cup Playoffs berth.
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.
y*(1) Toledo Walleye 42-18-2-3, 89 pts vs (8) Elmira Jackals 35-27-3-1, 74 pts
*(2) South Carolina Stingrays 38-18-6-3, 85 pts vs (7) Reading Royals 33-24-5-4, 75 pts
*(3) Manchester Monarchs 37-21-4-5, 83 pts vs (6) Wheeling Nailers 34-24-4-4, 76 pts
*(4) Florida Everblades 41-21-0-2, 84 pts (5) Adirondack Thunder 35-24-2-4, 76 pts
p*(1) Missouri Mavericks 49-9-3-2, 103 pts vs (8) Quad City Mallards 32-26-4-2, 70 pts
*(2) Fort Wayne Komets 36-21-6-2, 80 pts vs (7) Colorado Eagles 34-26-3-1, 72 pts
*(3) Idaho Steelheads 35-21-6-3, 79 pts vs (6) Cincinnati Cyclones 33-23-5-4, 75 pts
*(4) Allen Americans 36-22-3-4, 79 pts vs (5) Utah Grizzlies 35-25-3-3, 76 pts
x=Clinched Playoff Berth
y=Clinched Division Title
z=Clinched Conference Title
p=Clinched Regular Season Title
*=Home-Ice Advantage in 1st rd.
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