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Division Finals Preview


Central Division Finals (Best of Seven)

#1 Allen Americans vs. #2 Rapid City Rush
Series Matchup Sheet

Allen advanced to the Division Finals with a 4 games to 1 win over Tulsa while Rapid City defeated Quad City 4 games to 3, in a series in which six of the seven games were decided by one goal.

Spencer Asuchak led Allen in the opening round against Tulsa with eight points (3g-5a) while rookie goaltender Joel Rumpel went 3-0 with a 2.19 goals-against average and a save percentage of .918.

The Rush and Mallards played a tight, defensive series, combining for just 28 goals in the series, the fewest goals scored in a seven-game series in ECHL postseason history. Danny Battochio ranks fifth in the playoffs with a 2.13 goals-against average while playing all seven games in the series.

Allen went 8-4-0 in the regular season against the Rush while Rapid City was 5-7-1 against the Americans. ECHL scoring leader Chad Costello led Allen in the season series with 17 points (2g-15a) while Jesse Schultz paced Rapid City with five goals and 14 points.

Game 1 – Friday, May 1 at 7:05 p.m. CT at Allen
Game 2 – Saturday, May 2 at 7:05 p.m. CT at Allen
Game 3 – Thursay, May 7 at 6:35 p.m. MT at Rapid City
Game 4 – Saturday, May 9 at 8:05 p.m. MT at Rapid City
Game 5 – Sunday, May 10 at 5:05 p.m. MT at Rapid City (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, May 12 at 7:05 p.m. CT at Allen (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, May 13 at 7:05 p.m. CT at Allen (If Necessary)

Pacific Division Finals (Best of Seven)

#2 Ontario Reign vs. #4 Utah Grizzlies
Series Matchup Sheet

Ontario and Utah meet in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the second time in the last three years. The Reign defeated the Grizzlies 4 games to 0 in the 2013 Western Conference Quarterfinals.

The Reign are in the second round for the first time since 2013, and advanced with a seven-game series win over Colorado, becoming just the eighth team in ECHL history to win a best-of-seven series after trailing 3 games to 2. Judd Blackwater led the Reign in the series, and is tied for the playoff lead, with five goals, while he and Matt Register are tied for fourth in the postseason with eight points.

Utah has reached the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2011 and is coming off a 4 games to 2 win over Idaho in a series in which the Grizzlies won the final three games. Ryan Hayes is tied for the playoff lead with 10 points (5g-5a) while Michael Pelech added eight points (2g-6a) in the six games against the Steelheads. Igor Bobkov ranks second in the postseason with a .941 save percentage and is fourth with a 2.12 goals-against average.

During the regular season, Ontario went 6-3-2 against the Grizzlies while Utah was 5-5-1 against the Reign. Both teams enjoyed particular success on home ice in the season series with Ontario going 3-0-1 at Citizens Business Bank Arena and Utah posting a 4-2-1 mark at Maverik Center. Register was Ontario’s leading scorer against the Grizzlies with eight points (2g-6a) while Mathieu Aubin led Utah with seven points (2g-5a).

Game 1 – Sunday, May 3 at 3 p.m. PT at Ontario
Game 2 – Monday, May 4 at 7 p.m. PT at Ontario
Game 3 – Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. MT at Utah
Game 4 – Friday, May 8 at 7 p.m. MT at Utah
Game 5 – Saturday, May 9 at 7 p.m. MT at Utah (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, May 12 at 7 p.m. PT at Ontario (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, May at 7:10 p.m. PT at Ontario (If Necessary)

North Division Finals (Best of Seven)

#1 Toledo Walleye vs. #2 Fort Wayne Komets
Series Matchup Sheet

Two of the five ECHL teams to surpass 100 points in the regular season meet in the North Division Finals.

Toledo is in the second round for the first time 2006 while Fort Wayne is appearing in round two for the second consecutive year.

The Walleye defeated Wheeling 4 games to 3 in the Division Semifinals, winning the decisive game 2-1 in overtime on a Kyle Bonis shorthanded goal. Troy Schwab led Toledo in the opening round with nine points (3g-6a), which is third in the league. Jeff Lerg played all seven games in goal for the Walleye, posting a 2.29 goals-against average and a .922 save percentage.

Fort Wayne eliminated Kalamazoo 4 games to 1 in the opening round. Mike Embach led the Komets in the series with seven points (1g-6a) while Matthew Pistilli had a team-leading four goals. Roman Will is fourth in the postseason with a .934 save percentage.

The two teams met seven times in the regular season with Toledo going 4-1-2 and Fort Wayne posting a 3-2-2 record. Each of the final five meetings were decided by one goal, with four of those advancing to either overtime or a shootout. Toledo was led in the season series by Justin Mercier, who tallied three goals and seven points while Brett Perlini led Fort Wayne with three goals and five points.

Game 1 – Friday, May 1 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Toledo
Game 2 – Saturday, May 2 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Toledo
Game 3 – Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne
Game 4 – Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne
Game 5 – Saturday, May 9 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Toledo (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Sunday, May 10 at 6 p.m. ET at Fort Wayne (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, May 13 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Toledo (If Necessary)

East Division Finals (Best of Seven)

#1 Florida Everblades vs. #2 South Carolina Stingrays
Series Matchup Sheet

Florida and South Carolina meet in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the fifth time. The Everblades have won three of the four prior meetings, defeating the Stingrays in the 2002 Southeast Division Wild Card Game, 3 games to 0 in the 2004 Southern Division Finals and 3 games to 1 in the 2005 Southern Conference Quarterfinals. The Stingrays won the last playoff meeting between the teams, 3 games to 2, in the 2009 South Division Finals.

The Everblades defeated Orlando 4 games to 2 in the East Division Semifinals, and have advanced to the second round for the ninth time in the last 12 seasons. Nicolas Deschamps led Florida in the opening round, and is tied for the playoff lead, with 10 points (3g-7a) while Mike Little is third among defensemen in the postseason with six points (2g-4a).

South Carolina defeated Reading 4 games to 3 in the opening round, scoring three goals in the final period of Game 7 to rally for a 3-2 win. The Stingrays are appearing in the second round for the first time since 2012. Joe Devin, who scored two of South Carolina’s three goals in the third period of Game 7, leads all players in the postseason with six goals.

The two clubs met 11 times during the regular season with Florida going 8-2-1 against the Stingrays and South Carolina posting a 3-8-0 record against the Everblades. Little and Adam Brace shared the team lead for Florida in the head-to-head match-ups with five goals and 11 points each. Devin paced South Carolina with four goals while Derek DeBlois had a team-leading eight points (3g-5a).

Game 1 – Friday, May 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida
Game 2 – Saturday, May 2 at 7 p.m. ET at Florida
Game 3 – Tuesday, May 5 at 7:05 p.m. ET at South Carolina
Game 4 – Wednesday, May 6 at 7:05 p.m. ET at South Carolina
Game 5 – Friday, May 8 at 7:05 p.m. ET at South Carolina (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Monday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Tuesday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida (If Necessary)

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