PRINCETON, N.J. – Another shuffle of the North Division standings, a crucial game for Idaho in the West Division and a possible Kelly Cup Playoffs preview in the South Division are all on the schedule for Wednesday.
In the North Division, Wheeling visits Atlantic City and Trenton travels to Dayton. The Nailers are 33-19-4 and in second place with 70 points while the Boardwalk Bullies are 31-18-7 and in third place with 69 points. Reading leads the North with 71 points and a 33-17-5 record. Wheeling is 2-0-0 at Atlantic City and 3-2-1 overall against the Bullies. Atlantic City, which is 5-1-1 in its last seven games, has won the last three meetings with the Nailers to improve to 3-0-3. Trenton was 29-18-8 and tied for fourth place with Toledo (31-22-4) at 66 points heading into its game at Peoria on Tuesday. The Titans are 3-0-0 at Dayton and 6-0-1 overall against the Bombers, who are 18-33-4.
In the West Division, defending ECHL Champion Idaho continues its quest to qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs with the first of three games at Victoria, which is 10-42-5 in its inaugural season in the league. The Steelheads, who are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games, are 30-21-4 and tied with San Diego for fifth place at 64 points, seven points behind Fresno at 32-18-7. Idaho has won the last five games against the Salmon Kings to improve to 5-1-0, including 2-0-0 at Victoria. Frank Doyle, who is under contract to Utah of the American Hockey League, is 6-1-0 with a goals-against average of 1.94 in his last seven games.
In the South Division, Mississippi hosts Pensacola in what could be an American Conference Quarterfinal match-up in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Pensacola leads the ECHL with 83 points and 39 wins and would be the top seed in the American Conference while Mississippi begins the week holding onto the eighth playoff berth at 30-21-4. The Ice Pilots, who set Pensacola team records with 40 wins and 89 points last season, are 4-0-0 at Mississippi and 6-1-1 overall against the Sea Wolves in 2004-05.