Alaska, Idaho, Victoria
Battle For West Lead

The battle for the West Division regular season title has Victoria at 39-21-5 and Idaho at 37-22-9 tied for the lead with 83 points and Alaska only two points behind at 38-23-5.

The Salmon Kings are at Stockton on Wednesday and Saturday, at Bakersfield on Friday and at Fresno on Sunday. Defending Kelly Cup champion Idaho visits Stockton on Friday and Fresno on Saturday while Alaska returns home to host Phoenix on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

The last week of the regular season will have Alaska traveling to Victoria for games on Apr. 2, 4 and 5 and Idaho hosting Fresno on Apr. 4 and 5.

The winner of the division will be seeded second for the Kelly Cup Playoffs as none of the three can finish higher than Las Vegas. The remaining six teams are seeded third through eighth in order of points. Teams are not re-seeded in the National Conference and all series will be best-of-seven games.

Fresno is 39-18-8 and in second in the Pacific Division and the conference with 86 points. The Falcons play at Bakersfield on Monday before hosting Las Vegas on Friday, Idaho on Saturday and Victoria on Sunday.

Victoria is in the postseason for the second straight season while Idaho and Alaska have never missed the Kelly Cup Playoffs since joining the ECHL as expansion teams in 2003-04. The Steelheads won the Kelly Cup in 2004 and 2007 while Alaska won the title in 2006 and reached the conference finals in 2005 and 2007.

The battle for the final two spots in the National Conference continues with Stockton at 25-37-3 and Phoenix at 22-35-9 holding them with 53 points, two points ahead of Bakersfield at 21-36-9. The Thunder and RoadRunners are looking to reach the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the second straight season while the Condors are trying to avoid missing the postseason for the first time since 2004. Stockton hosts Victoria on Wednesday and Saturday and Idaho on Friday while Phoenix plays at Alaska on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and Bakersfield hosts Fresno on Monday, Victoria on Friday and Utah on Saturday.