Trio Fighting For First In East Division

Three teams are battling for first place in the East Division, and the resulting second seed in the American Conference. Charlotte is in first place at 37-22-6 with 80 points followed by South Carolina at 35-20-8 and 78 points and Columbia at 33-17-10 and 76 points. The Checkers have played two more games than South Carolina and five more games than Columbia.

After going 1-2-1 last week, Charlotte travels to Columbia on Friday and to South Carolina on Saturday. The Checkers are 0-1-1 in the last two games with South Carolina, slipping to 1-1-1 on the road and 3-2-1 overall. Charlotte is 3-1-0 at Columbia and 5-4-0 overall.

Columbia, which is 3-1-1 in its last five games, hosts Florida on Tuesday and Charlotte on Friday while visiting Augusta on Thursday and Greenville on Saturday. The Inferno is 1-0-0 at home and 2-0-0 overall against Florida and is 1-1-2 at home and 4-3-2 overall against Charlotte. Columbia is 1-1-0 at Augusta and 2-2-1 overall against the Lynx and is 3-0-0 at Greenville and 6-0-1 overall against the Grrrowl.

South Carolina, which has won three in a row and is 7-1-1 in its last nine games, will host Greenville on Tuesday and Charlotte on Saturday while traveling to Greenville on Friday. The Stingrays are 0-1-1 in the last two meetings with Greenville and 2-2-0 at home and 3-3-1 overall against the Grrrowl. South Carolina has won its last two meetings to improve to 3-1-2 overall and 2-0-1 at home against the Checkers.

Pensacola is 43-14-5 with a league-leading 91 points and became the first team to qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs on March 12. In second place in the conference is Florida, which secured its postseason berth on Saturday, at 37-18-9 and 83 points followed by the trio sitting atop the East Division. Mississippi is in sixth place at 33-22-6 with 72 points followed by Gwinnett at 32-21-8 with 72 points and Greenville at 33-24-5 with 71 points. Pee Dee is nine points out of the final postseason spot at 29-30-4 with 62 points.

Florida, which was 2-1-1 last week and is 11-2-3 in its last 16 games, will visit Columbia on Tuesday before returning home to host Victoria on Friday and Saturday. Mississippi, which was 2-0-1 last week, hosts Victoria on Wednesday and Louisiana on Friday before traveling to Louisiana on Saturday. The Sea Wolves traveled to Victoria in December and went 2-1-0 against the Salmon Kings. Mississippi is 2-1-1 at home and 3-3-1 overall against the IceGators.

Following a 1-3-0 week, Gwinnett heads to California where it will play five games in six days, visiting Fresno on Tuesday, Long Beach on Wednesday, Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday and San Diego on Sunday.

Greenville, which was 2-1-0 last week, will visit South Carolina on Tuesday before hosting South Carolina on Friday and Columbia on Saturday. The Grrrowl has won its last two games with South Carolina and is 2-1-1 at South Carolina and 4-2-1 overall against the Stingrays. Greenville is 0-3-0 at home and 1-6-0 overall against Columbia.