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Drama remains as season enters final week

 

One playoff spot, two division titles and the Brabham Cup remain up for grabs as the ECHL enters the final week of the regular season.

 

Seven of the eight playoff spots have been claimed in the Eastern Conference, leaving just one spot available. Fort Wayne holds down the final spot entering the week with 80 points, two more than Florida. The Komets have two games remaining, hosting Evansville on Friday and Toledo on Saturday, while the Everblades play three home games this week – hosting Reading on Wednesday and Friday and Greenville on Saturday.

 

Playoff seeding is far from settled in the conference, with only Reading locked into position in the number one spot.

 

In the North Division, Kalamazoo enters the week with a two-point edge on Cincinnati for the division lead, although the Cyclones have a game in hand. The two teams meet head-to-head in Cincinnati on Wednesday. The K-Wings will then visit Toledo on Friday and host Evansville on Saturday while the Cyclones entertain Wheeling on Friday and Saturday and travel to Toledo on Sunday.

 

South Carolina enters the week on top of the South Division with 88 points, holding a two-point lead on Orlando and a five-point edge on Greenville. The Stingrays head to Greenville for a match-up on Tuesday before wrapping up the season on Friday with a home game against Elmira. Orlando ends the season with three games at home, hosting Greenville on Thursday and Sunday and Reading on Saturday, while the Road Warriors also play at Florida on Saturday.

 

Three teams remain alive in the race for the Brabham Cup as regular-season champion. Alaska, which has won the last three Brabham Cup titles, enters the week leading the league with a .691 winning percentage, leading Ontario and Reading, who are both at .674. This year’s Brabham Cup winner will be decided by winning percentage as not all teams will play the same amount of games. The Aces end the season with three games at Colorado on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Reign host Stockton on Wednesday and Bakersfield on Saturday while the Royals are at Florida on Wednesday and Friday and Orlando on Saturday.