9 Teams Battle For Final 6
Kelly Cup Playoff Berths

Heading into the final week of the regular season, nine teams are battling for the remaining six berths in the 2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs.

In the Northern Division, Reading has 80 points and leads Trenton by one point for the fifth and final playoff spots. The first tiebreaker used in determining a berth in the postseason is wins while the second is head-to-head points. Reading is 35-25-10 and had 12 points (6-3-0) against Trenton while Trenton is 36-26-7 and had nine points (3-3-3) against Reading. Trenton will host Atlantic City on March 30, Wheeling on April 2 and Johnstown on April 3 while Reading will host Johnstown on April 2 and Toledo on April 3. Trenton has not missed the postseason in each of its first four seasons while Reading is looking to make the playoffs for the first time in its three-year history.

The fourth-place finisher and fifth-place finisher in the Northern Division will meet in a Wild Card Game on April 5 with the winner advancing to meet the first-place finisher in the Northern Division Semifinals. The best-of-five division semifinals will be played April 6-15 while the best-of-five division finals are scheduled to be played April 16-25. The best-of-five conference finals will be played April 27-May 8 with the best-of-seven Kelly Cup Finals scheduled for May 10-23.

Qualifying for the postseason for the first time since 1997-98, Wheeling has won the Northern Division and the Eastern Conference while Peoria, Atlantic City and Johnstown have all qualified for the playoffs in the Northern Division. Peoria is in the playoffs for the eighth time in its eight seasons while it is the third straight appearance for the Boardwalk Bullies since moving to Atlantic City in 2001-02. Johnstown returns to the postseason for the first time since 2001-02 and the 10th time in its 16-year history.

Winning seven games in a row and going 10-0-2 in its last 12 games, Roanoke has 80 points and is tied for second place in the Southern Division with Florida. Greensboro is in fourth place with 79 points, one point ahead of South Carolina for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Southern Division.

Roanoke, which has not missed the playoffs in each of its first 10 seasons, hosts Charlotte on April 2 and Greenville on April 3. Looking to qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the sixth time in its six-year history, Florida hosts Augusta on April 2 and 3.

Greensboro hosts Gwinnett on March 30 before traveling to Florence on April 2 and to South Carolina on April 3. In their fifth season, the Generals are looking to make their second straight appearance in the postseason after qualifying for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time in 2003.

South Carolina hosts Augusta on March 30, Columbia on April 2 and Greensboro on April 3 while traveling to Greenville on April 1. The Stingrays are trying to qualify for the postseason for the 11th consecutive season, tying the ECHL record for playoff appearances.

Columbia, which advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2003 and to the Southern Conference Finals in 2002, has won its second division title.

Gwinnett and Pensacola are tied for third place in the Central Division with 85 points and both need three points to secure a playoff berth. Gwinnett plays at Greensboro on March 30 and at Florence on April 1 before returning home to host Columbus on April 2 and Florence on April 3. Pensacola hosts Texas on March 30 before traveling to Louisiana on April 1, Mississippi on April 2 and Columbus on April 3. Pensacola is looking to make its third consecutive postseason appearance while Gwinnett is looking to make its first playoff appearance in its first season in Georgia.

Looking to advance to the postseason for the first time in its three ECHL seasons, Columbus has 79 points and is six points out of the final playoff spot in the Central Division. The Cottonmouths host Mississippi on March 30 and Pensacola on April 3 while traveling to Augusta on April 1 and Gwinnett on April 2.

Louisiana has advanced to the postseason for the ninth time in its nine-year history while Mississippi is making its third consecutive playoff appearance.

Having already clinched the Pacific Division, San Diego has 100 points and needs only one point to clinch the Western Conference. The Gulls have 45 wins and need one win to tie the ECHL record for most wins by a team in its first season set by Toledo, which won 46 games in 1991-92. Joining San Diego in the Pacific Division playoffs are Las Vegas, Idaho and Alaska.

WILD CARD GAME
(One-Game Playoff)
(April 5)

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Northern Division Wild Card Game
No. 5 Seed vs. No. 4 Seed
(Winner becomes No. 4 Seed in Northern Division Semifinals)

DIVISION SEMIFINALS
(Best-of-Five Series)
(April 6-15)

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Northern Division Semifinals
No. 1 Seed (Division Winner) vs. No. 4 Seed
No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Southern Division Semifinals
No. 1 Seed (Division Winner) vs. No. 4 Seed
No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Central Division Semifinals
No. 1 Seed (Division Winner) vs. No. 4 Seed
No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Pacific Division Semifinals
No. 1 Seed (Division Winner) vs. No. 4 Seed
No. 2 Seed vs. No. 3 Seed

DIVISION FINALS
(Best-of-Five Series)
(April 16-25)

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Northern Division Finals
Winner of No. 1 Seed/No. 4 Seed vs. Winner of No. 2 Seed/No. 3 Seed

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Southern Division Finals
Winner of No. 1 Seed/No. 4 Seed vs. Winner of No. 2 Seed/No. 3 Seed

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Central Division Finals
Winner of No. 1 Seed/No. 4 Seed vs. Winner of No. 2 Seed/No. 3 Seed

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Pacific Division Finals
Winner of No. 1 Seed/No. 4 Seed vs. Winner of No. 2 Seed/No. 3 Seed

CONFERENCE FINALS
(Best-of-Five Series)
(April 27-May 8)

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Eastern Conference Championship
Northern Division Champion vs. Southern Division Champion

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Western Conference Championship
Central Division Champion vs. Pacific Division Champion

2004 KELLY CUP FINALS
(Best-of-Seven Series)
(May 10-23)

Eastern Conference Champion vs. Western Conference Champion