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Race for Brabham Cup heats up

 

The race for the Brabham Cup as the top team during the regular season, and home-ice advantage throughout the 2014 Kelly Cup Playoffs, is heating up with just over one month remaining in the 2013-14 season.

 

Alaska, which has won the regular-season title in each of the last three seasons, is once again on top of the league standings with 74 points. The Aces open a six-game home stand on Friday against Bakersfield before ending the season with their final 10 games on the road.

 

Ontario is second in the league with a .664 winning percentage and 73 points. The Reign have won the Pacific Division title the last two seasons and have a 14-point lead over Stockton for the division lead.

 

South Carolina, which has won an ECHL record three Kelly Cup titles (1997, 2001, 2009), leads the Eastern Conference with 73 points. The Stingrays conclude a seven-game road trip with a pair of games this weekend before playing six of their next seven games at home where they have gone 18-9-2 this season.

 

The Orlando Solar Bears have been one of the hottest teams in the league over the last month. Orlando had its ECHL season-high 11-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, however the club has moved to fourth in the league with 69 points, just four points behind South Carolina for the Eastern Conference lead. After hosting Kalamazoo tonight, the Solar Bears open a season-high nine-game road trip on Friday at Greenville.

 

The defending Kelly Cup champion Reading Royals are fifth in the league with 68 points, just six points behind Alaska. Reading, which finished second in the regular season last year, has posted a 10-4-1 record in its last 15 games, and has opened up a six-point lead on Wheeling for first place in the Atlantic Division.