Winning four in row, including a pair of wins against Alaska, the Las Vegas Wranglers have improved to 50-11-6 and moved into first place in the race for the Brabham Cup with 106 points, two points ahead of the Aces who are 49-11-6 and seven points in front of Gwinnett with 99 points and a 46-13-7 record.
Presented to the ECHL regular-season point champion every year since the league began in 1988-89, the Brabham Cup is named in recognition of Henry Brabham, who was a founding member of the ECHL and the first owner of the Erie Panthers. A former mayor and businessman who was a major force in professional hockey in Virginia for more than 15 years, Brabham worked tirelessly to establish the ECHL during its early years.
The most ECHL teams to finish with 100 points in a season is three in 2003-04 with San Diego (108 points), Wheeling (106 points) and Atlantic City (100 points). Gwinnett, Fresno, Florida and Wheeling can all mathematically reach 100 points. The ECHL has never had more than one team with 50 wins in a season.
Las Vegas, which is 14-2 in its last 16 games, becomes the seventh team in the 18-year history of the league to win 50 games and is the 17th team to record 100 points in a season. The Wranglers have set team records with 50 wins, 106 points and 24 road wins while tying the team record of 26 home wins set in 2003-04. The Wranglers play four of their final five games at home, hosting Stockton on Tuesday, San Diego on Friday, Long Beach on Apr. 7 and Phoenix on Apr. 8. Las Vegas plays at Phoenix on Apr. 4.
Alaska, which became the 16th team in league history to record 100 points when it won 4-3 at Utah on Mar. 15, has set team records with 49 wins, 104 points and 29 home wins. The Aces host Victoria on Friday and Saturday before playing their final four games on the road, visiting Fresno on Apr. 4 and 7, Stockton on Apr. 5 and Bakersfield on Apr. 8.
Gwinnett, which has already secured a bye in the quarterfinals of the South Division playoffs, has set team records with 46 wins, 99 points, 27 home wins and 19 road wins. The Gladiators play at Augusta on Thursday and Friday and at South Carolina on Saturday before returning home for their final three games, hosting Florida on Apr. 4, South Carolina on Apr. 7 and Augusta on Apr. 8.
Florida is 43-20-3 and has 89 points, four points ahead of Greenville at 41-23-3 in the race for the second bye in the quarterfinals of the South Division playoffs. The Everblades play at South Carolina on Tuesday and host Pensacola on Friday and Greenville on Saturday before playing at Gwinnett on Apr. 4 and at Pensacola on Apr. 7 and 8. The Grrrowl will play four of its last five games at home, hosting Columbia on Friday, South Carolina on Apr. 4, Augusta on Apr. 7 and Charlotte on Apr. 8.
The ECHL records for wins and points are held by the Louisiana IceGators, who were 56-12-4 and had 116 points in 2001-02. The Wranglers and Aces cannot break the record for wins, but both can still mathematically reach 116 points.