Pensacola is 46-15-5 with a league-leading 97 points and needs only five points to clinch the Brabham Cup, the trophy awarded annually to the ECHL regular season points champion. Alaska at 42-17-8 and 92 points is the only team that could catch the Ice Pilots in the Brabham Cup race.
The Ice Pilots, who have already clinched first place in the American Conference, host Louisiana on Tuesday, Texas on Friday and Mississippi on Saturday before traveling to Texas on Sunday. Pensacola needs only three points to become the 15th team in ECHL history to reach 100 points and four victories to become the sixth team in 17 seasons to win 50 games. Pensacola is 24-4-1 in its last 29 games and has set team records for wins, points, road wins (22) while tying the Ice Pilots team record for home wins (23).
The Brabham Cup is named in recognition of Henry Brabham, who was a founding member of the ECHL and the first owner of the Erie Panthers. A former mayor and businessman who was a major force in professional hockey in Virginia for more than 15 years, Brabham worked tirelessly to establish the ECHL during its early years.