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Tight playoff race developing in Eastern Conference

 

The Eastern Conference playoff race remains tight with just over six weeks remaining in the regular season.

 

South Carolina remains atop the conference with 75 points, and enjoys a five-point lead on Orlando. The Solar Bears are the hottest team in the ECHL, winning a club record nine straight games, and posting a 16-4-2 record in their last 22 games.

 

Just six points separate third place from 10th place in the Eastern Conference. Kalamazoo, which has gone 7-1-2 in its last 10 games, leads the North Division and sits in third place of the conference standings with 63 points. The defending Kelly Cup champion Reading Royals, who lead the Atlantic Division, are tied with Cincinnati for fourth place in the conference with 62 points each.

 

Fort Wayne, which won two of three games at Florida last week, has gone 14-5-6 in its last 25 games, and has moved into sixth place of the Eastern Conference standings with 61 points, meaning the top three teams in the North Division are separated by just two points.

 

Florida and Wheeling are in the final two playoff spots in the conference with 60 points each, but hot on their heels is Greenville which is 6-2-1 during February and 19-7-4 since Dec. 15, to move to within one point of the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.

 

Evansville is 10th in the conference with 57 points, and is three points behind Florida and Wheeling for the final playoff berth.