Pilots Pulling Away In American Conference

Going 3-1-0 last week, Pensacola improved to 37-13-4 and remains atop the league and the South Division of the American Conference with 78 points. The Ice Pilots are 10 points ahead of Charlotte, which leads the East Division at 32-20-4, and Florida, which is in second place in the South Division at 30-16-8, for the top seed in the American Conference for the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Entering the week, the remaining five teams in playoff position were Columbia (29-14-8), Greenville (30-20-5), South Carolina (28-19-7), Gwinnett (27-17-7) and Mississippi (27-20-4).

Because of geographical proximity in the American Conference, first-round playoff berths will be awarded to the top eight (8) teams – the first-place team in each division (based on regular-season point totals in each conference), as well as the next six-best teams (based on regular-season point totals in each conference). The two division winners will be seeded first and second (in order of points) and the next six-best teams (in order of points) will be seeded third through eighth.

Pensacola will host Texas on Friday and Mississippi on Saturday before traveling to Mississippi on Sunday. Charlotte travels to Atlantic City on Friday and hosts Greenville on Saturday while Florida, which has won its last three games, visits Mississippi on Tuesday and Louisiana on Wednesday before returning home to host Louisiana on Saturday and Sunday.

Columbia will host Augusta on Friday and Saturday while Greenville travels to Trenton on Friday and Charlotte on Saturday and South Carolina plays at Pee Dee on Saturday and hosts Texas on Sunday. Gwinnett will visit Mississippi on Friday and hosts Texas on Saturday. Mississippi is scheduled to host Florida on Tuesday, Gwinnett on Friday and Pensacola on Sunday while traveling to Pensacola on Saturday.