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Preview of Conference Semifinals of Kelly Cup Playoffs


Western Conference Semifinals (Best of Seven)

#1 Alaska Aces vs. #4 Stockton Thunder
Series Matchup Sheet


Alaska and Stockton meet in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive season, and for the third time in the last four years. Last season, the Aces defeated the Thunder 4 games to 1 in the Western Conference Semifinals while the Thunder prevailed 3 games to 1 in the 2010 National Conference Quarterfinals.

The Aces, who are in the second round of the playoffs for the ninth time in 10 ECHL seasons, knocked off San Francisco 4 games to 1 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Bobby Hughes led Alaska in the series with five goals and nine points, and he is tied for second in the postseason in goals and is third in points.

The Thunder defeated Las Vegas 4 games to 3 in just the 23rd series in ECHL history to go to seven games and have advanced to the second round for the fourth time in the last five seasons.
Ryan Hayes, who tallied a hat trick in Stockton’s 6-4 win in Game 7, led the Thunder in the first round with eight points (3g-5a).

Alaska went 8-2-0 against the Thunder during the regular season, while Stockton went 2-6-2 against the Aces.
Alexandre Imbeault lead Alaska in the season series with eight goals and 10 points while goaltender Gerald Coleman went 7-0-0 with a 1.54 goals-against average and a save percentage of .939. Toni Rajala, currently recalled to Oklahoma City of the American Hockey League, led Stockton against the Aces in the regular season with nine points (3g-6a).

Game 1 – Friday, April 19 at 7:15 p.m. AKT at Alaska
Game 2 – Saturday, April 20 at 7:15 p.m. AKT at Alaska
Game 3 – Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. PT at Stockton
Game 4 – Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. PT at Stockton
Game 5 – Sunday, April 28 at 6 p.m. PT at Stockton (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 30 at 7:15 p.m. AKT at Alaska (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, May 1 at 7:15 p.m. AKT at Alaska (If Necessary)

#2 Ontario Reign vs. #3 Idaho Steelheads
Series Matchup Sheet


Ontario and Idaho meet in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the second straight year. The Steelheads eliminated the Reign 3 games to 2 in the 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals.

The Reign defeated Utah 4 games to 0 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, and are in the second round of the postseason for the first time in club history.
C.J. Stretch scored five goals in the four games against Utah, which is tied for second in the playoffs, and tied an ECHL postseason record with four goals in the Reign’s Game 2 win. Jean-Francois Berube is third among goaltenders after one round with a 1.46 goals-against average and is fourth with a .939 save percentage.

Idaho advanced to the second round for the fourth year in a row with a 4 games to 2 win against Colorado in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
Austin Smith scored five goals in the series, which leads rookies in the postseason while Matt Case tallied six points (3g-3a), which is tied for first among defensemen.

Ontario was 4-5-0 against the Steelheads in the regular season while Idaho went 5-3-1 against the Reign.
Derek Couture led Ontario in the season series with five goals and 11 points while Berbue posted a 2-0-0 record in three appearances. Smith led Idaho against the Reign with eight goals and nine points while and goaltender Josh Robinson was 3-2-1 with a 2.97 goals-against average.

Game 1 – Friday, April 19 at 7 p.m. PT at Ontario
Game 2 – Saturday, April 20 at 6 p.m. PT at Ontario
Game 3 – Wednesday, April 24 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho
Game 4 – Friday, April 26 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho
Game 5 – Saturday, April 27 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 30 at 7 p.m. PT at Ontario (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, May 1 at 7 p.m. PT at Ontario

Eastern Conference Semifinals (Best of Seven)

#1 Reading Royals vs. #4 Florida Everblades
Series Matchup Sheet


Reading and Florida meet for the third time in the Kelly Cup Playoffs after splitting their previous two matchups. Florida defeated the Royals 3 games to 2 in the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals while Reading defeated the Everblades 4 games to 0 in the 2010 American Conference Semifinals.

Reading made ECHL history in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, defeating Greenville 4 games to 1, and becoming the first team in the league’s 25-year history to win four games in a series by shutout. The Royals allowed just four goals in the five games, getting two shutouts each from
Riley Gill and Mark Owuya. Yannick Tifu (4g-3a) and Nikita Kashirsky (1g-6a) led Reading offensively against the Road Warriors with seven points each.

The defending Kelly Cup champion Everblades eliminated Elmira 4 games to 2 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Mathieu Roy, who led the ECHL in the regular season with 38 goals and 89 points, was once again the offensive catalyst for Florida, scoring a league-best six goals in the first round. The Everblades scored 10 of their 22 goals against Elmira on the power play, and rank second in the postseason on the man advantage, converting at 33.3 percent (10-for-30).

The two teams met just twice during the regular season, with Reading winning both meetings by the same 4-2 score.
Stanislav Galiev (2g-2a) and Tifu (0g-4a) led Reading against the Everblades with four points each while Gill and Philipp Grubauer, who is recalled to Hershey of the American Hockey League, each posted a win in goal. Corey Trivino led Florida against the Royals with two points (0g-2a).

Game 1 – Friday, April 19 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading
Game 2 – Saturday, April 20 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading
Game 3 – Wednesday, April 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida
Game 4 – Friday, April 26 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida
Game 5 – Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. ET at Florida (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 30 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, May 1 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading (If Necessary)

#2 Cincinnati Cyclones vs. #3 Gwinnett Gladiators
Series Matchup Sheet


Cincinnati and Gwinnett meet in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time.

The Cyclones defeated Toledo 4 games to 2 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
Mike Embach led Cincinnati in the series with eight points (3g-5a) while David Pacan posted a team-high four goals. In goal, Michael Houser ranks sixth with a .936 save percentage and is seventh with a 2.06 goals-against average.

Gwinnett advanced to the second round for the first time since 2008 with a 4 games to 0 victory over South Carolina.
Louis Domingue allowed just six goals in the four games, and is third with a .947 save percentage and fourth with a 1.50 goals-against average. Ryan Ginand led Gwinnett in the series with seven points (3g-4a).

The two teams split their two regular-season meetings, which both took place at Gwinnett.
Josh McFadden led Cincinnati against the Gladiators with four points (1g-3a) while Mathieu Aubin had two goals in the two meetings. Brian Foster, currently recalled to San Antonio of the American Hockey League, was 1-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average. Doug Jones led Gwinett against the Cyclones with two goals, and was one of four players with a team-high three points. Louis Domingue appeared in both games against Cincinnati going 1-1-0 with a 3.03 goals-against average.

Game 1 – Friday, April 19 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Gwinnett
Game 2 – Sunday, April 21 at 6:05 p.m. ET at Gwinnett
Game 3 – Wednesday, April 24 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Cincinnati
Game 4 – Friday, April 26 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Cincinnati
Game 5 – Saturday, April 27 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Cincinnati (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 30 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Cincinnati (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, May 1 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Cincinnati (If Necessary)