Going 3-1-0 with three road wins, South Carolina improved to 40-22-3 and moved into a tie for second place in the South Division with Gwinnett (39-19-5), five points ahead of Florida (35-21-8).
Texas has already clinched the South Division with a league-leading 108 points (49-6-10) to secure the top seed in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with the next seven-best teams being seeded second through eighth in order of points. Teams will be re-seeded according to the same criteria in the Division Semifinals and the Division Finals. The South Division playoff series will all be best-of-five games.
South Carolina hosts Florida on Friday while Gwinnett will host Florida on Thursday before traveling to Charlotte on Friday and Augusta on Saturday. The Stingrays have won the last two meetings with Florida to improve to 2-1-0 at home and 4-4-0 overall in the season series and 34-33-9 all-time against the Everblades.
The Gladiators have won both games against Florida this year to improve to 22-9-4 all-time against the Everblades. Gwinnett is 3-2-1 this season and 24-11-4 all-time against Charlotte which has won the last three meetings to improve to 3-1-0 at home and 3-2-0 overall this season against the Gladiators. Gwinnett has won its last five meetings with Augusta and is 3-0-1 on the road and 7-1-1 overall this season to improve to 25-14-5 all-time against the Lynx. Augusta is in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third straight season, tying its team record for consecutive appearances set in 1992-94 and tied in 1999-2001.
Charlotte has gone 5-1-0 in its last six games to improve to 31-25-6 and move into a tie for fifth place with Columbia (29-26-10). The Checkers visit Pensacola on Monday before returning home to host Augusta on Thursday and Gwinnett on Friday while Columbia hosts Pensacola on Wednesday and Saturday. Charlotte is 6-0-1 in its last seven home games and 8-1-1 in its last 10 home games. The Checkers have won the last two meetings to improve to 2-0-0 on the road and 5-1-0 overall this year and 18-12-1 all-time against Pensacola. The Checkers are 4-0-0 at home and 5-3-1 overall against Augusta this season to improve to 30-26-8 all-time against the Lynx. The Inferno have won the last three meetings and are 2-1-0 on the road and 4-1-0 overall against Pensacola to improve to 16-9-4 all-time against the Ice Pilots.