PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL schedule on Wednesday has San Diego playing a must-win game in Idaho and three games that have five of the six teams who are fighting for four playoff berths in the North Division.
A loss in regulation to defending ECHL Champion Idaho on Wednesday would officially eliminate San Diego from the 2005 Kelly Cup Playoffs race. The Gulls, who are in sixth place at 34-26-6 and 74 points, play their next four games against Idaho, which is in fourth place at 38-21-7 and 83 points. The Steelheads, who are 10-0-4 in their last 14 games and 17-1-4 in its last 22 games, are 1-3-0 against the Gulls. The two will meet again on Friday and Saturday in Idaho and then on April 6 at San Diego.
Atlantic City, which leads the North at 38-21-8 and 84 points, will host Wheeling, which is in sixth place at 36-24-5 and 77 points, two points behind Toledo at 37-23-5 and Peoria at 36-22-7. The Bullies are 3-0-1 in the last four meetings with Wheeling, but are 0-0-3 at home and 4-0-4 overall against Wheeling. The Nailers, who are 1-4-1 in their last six games, are 3-0-0 at Atlantic City and 4-3-1 overall against the Bullies.
Trenton, which is in third place at 36-20-9 and 81 points, will host Peoria, which is in fifth place at 36-22-7 and 79 points. The Titans, who have won four home games in a row, are 0-0-1 at home and 0-3-2 overall against Peoria. The Rivermen, who have won four games in a row and six of their last seven, are 1-0-0 at Trenton and 5-0-0 overall against the Titans.
Toledo, which is in fourth place at 37-23-5 and 79 points, will host Dayton, which is 2-1-1 in its last four games and 22-37-6 overall. The Storm, which is 6-1-1 in its last eight games, is 4-0-1 at home and 8-0-1 overall against Dayton.
Alaska is the only team in the National Conference that has secured a berth in the postseason. In the National Conference, the top four teams in the West Division and the top four teams in the North Division will advance to the Kelly Cup Playoffs.