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Two Game 7s on tap for Wednesday


After tonight, the field in the Conference Semifinals of the 2016 Kelly Cup Playoffs will be set as a pair of Game 7s are on the docket. Tonight’s games are the 34th and 35th Game 7s in ECHL postseason history. The home team is 23-10 in the previous 33 Game 7 situations.

First on the schedule is Fort Wayne hosting Cincinnati at 7:35 p.m. ET. The Komets forced tonight’s game with a 2-1 overtime win on home ice on Monday. Each of the last three games in the series have been decided in overtime, with Fort Wayne winning two of those three contests. The winner of tonight’s game will take on Utah, a 4 games to 2 winner over Colorado, in the Western Conference Semifinals.

Fort Wayne is playing in its second ECHL Game 7 after dropping a 5-2 decision at Toledo last season in the North Division Finals. Cincinnati is playing in its ECHL record seventh Game 7 all-time. The Cyclones hold a 4-2 record in their previous Game 7s, having won each of their last four seventh-game situations.

The other Game 7 on Wednesday’s schedule features Allen hosting Idaho at 7:05 p.m. CT. The Americans defeated Idaho 4-2 last night to force tonight’s deciding contest. The winner of tonight’s game meets Missouri, which defeated Quad City 4 games to 0, in the other Western Conference Semifinals series.

Allen is playing its third consecutive Game 7, all on home ice, after defeating Ontario in last season’s Western Conference Finals and South Carolina in the Western Conference Finals. The Americans have outscored their opposition 9-2 in their two previous Game 7s. The Steelheads have played in one previous Game 7, falling to Las Vegas in the 2006 National Conference Quarterfinals.

Tune into all of the action of tonight’s game on ECHL.TV.

Game 7’s in ECHL History

DATE TEAMS ROUND
April 26, 2016
READING 4 at Toledo 1
CQF
June 14, 2015South Carolina 1 at ALLEN 6
KCF
May 27, 2015SOUTH CAROLINA 1 at Toledo 0 (3 OT)
CF
May 27, 2015
Ontario 1 at ALLEN 3
CF
May 13, 2015Fort Wayne 2 at TOLEDO 5 DF
April 29, 2015Quad City 1 at RAPID CITY 2DSF
April 29, 2015Wheeling 1 at TOLEDO 2 (OT)DSF
April 29, 2015Reading 2 at SOUTH CAROLINA 3DSF
April 28, 2015Colorado 2 at ONTARIO 4DSF
May 1, 2013Florida 1 at READING 4
CSF
April 14, 2013Las Vegas 4 at STOCKTON 6CQF
April 27, 2011 WHEELING 4 at Greenville 3 (OT) CSF
May 12, 2010 Reading 0 at CINCINNATI 1 CF
April 28, 2010 CINCINNATI 2 at Charlotte 1 CSF
June 5, 2009 SOUTH CAROLINA 4 at Alaska 2 KCF
May 6, 2009Stockton 1 at LAS VEGAS 5DF
April 22, 2009STOCKTON 5 at Ontario 4
DSF
April 22, 2009 Bakersfield 1 at LAS VEGAS 5 DSF
April 21, 2009 ELMIRA 5 at Trenton 3 DSF
April 20, 2009 Wheeling 1 at CINCINNATI 2 (2 OT) DSF
May 5, 2008 Reading 1 at CINCINNATI 6 DF
May 18, 2007 DAYTON 3 at Florida 1 CF
May 3, 2007 Cincinnati 3 at DAYTON 5 DF
May 22, 2006 Fresno 2 at ALASKA 3 (2 OT) CF
May 6, 2006 Bakersfield 2 at FRESNO 4 DF
April 22, 2006 Long Beach 3 at BAKERSFIELD 4 DSF
April 19, 2006 Idaho 2 at LAS VEGAS 6 DSF
May 16, 2005 TRENTON 2 at Alaska 0 CF
May 3, 2003 Cincinnati 2 at ATLANTIC CITY 3 CF
May 13, 2001 Peoria 3 at TRENTON 4 CF
May 30, 1999 Richmond 3 at MISSISSIPPI 4 (2 OT) KCF
March 31, 1992 Roanoke Valley 2 at GREENSBORO 6 1st
April 12, 1989 CAROLINA 7 at Johnstown 4 RCF