Regular season passes halfway point
The ECHL season surpassed the halfway point over the weekend, and division and playoff races are starting to materialize across the league.
In the North Division, just five points separate the top three teams entering Monday’s matinee action. Cincinnati holds the top spot with 48 points, and has a three-point edge on Evansville. Kalamazoo, which visits Evansville on Monday afternoon, sits just two points behind the IceMen.
The defending Kelly Cup champion Reading Royals have used a six-game winning streak and an 8-2-0 surge in their last 10 games to reclaim the top spot in the Atlantic Division with 43 points. Reading has a five-point lead on second-place Wheeling.
South Carolina sits atop the South Division with 55 points. The Stingrays have an eight-point lead on Florida, which visits South Carolina for a pair of games this weekend.
In the Eastern Conference playoff race, only 10 points separate Reading, Orlando and Kalamazoo, who are currently tied for fifth place in the conference, and Gwinnett which sits in 11th place. Greenville, which has gone 11-3-1 in its last 14 games, currently has the eighth and final playoff spot in conference with 41 points with Fort Wayne and Wheeling both sitting three points off the pace with 38 points each.
Out west, Ontario, which has won the Pacific Division title the last two seasons, sits on top of the Western Conference with 57 points. The Reign enjoy a 12-point lead over Stockton for the Pacific Division lead, and are six points ahead of three-time defending Brabham Cup champion Alaska for the conference lead. The Aces are in first place of the Mountain Division with a five-point edge on Colorado. Alaska visits the Eagles for a pair of games on Friday and Saturday.
Just 10 points separate Stockton, which is fourth in the conference with 45 points, and San Francisco and Bakersfield, who are tied for seventh place with 35 points each. After starting the season 1-10-1, the Condors have rebounded to go 15-7-2 over their last 24 games. Idaho currently sits in fifth place in the Western Conference with 42 points while Utah is in sixth place with 36 points. Las Vegas is 11 points behind the Bulls and Condors for the final playoff spot in the conference.