Alaska, Atlantic City, Columbia, Peoria
Qualify For Kelly Cup Playoffs

Going 4-0-0 with wins over Northern Division foes Peoria, Reading and Atlantic City, Trenton moved into the fifth and final playoff spot in the Northern Division. Trenton is 35-24-7 with 77 points, two points ahead of Reading at 33-24-9 and nine points behind Johnstown at 40-20-6. The fourth place and the fifth place finishers in the Northern Division will play a Wild Card Game on April 5 with the winner advancing to meet the first place finisher in the best-of-five Northern Division Semifinals.

Trenton has not missed the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its first four seasons in the ECHL, advancing to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2001 and the Northern Conference Finals in 2000. Trenton hosts Greensboro on March 25 and 26 before traveling to Johnstown on March 27. The Titans are 6-1-0 in their last seven games and have won seven consecutive home games to improve to 22-6-3 at home.

Reading is looking to qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time in its three-year history. The Royals host Wheeling on March 23 and Atlantic City on March 28 while traveling to Cincinnati on March 26 and Wheeling on March 27. Reading is 2-9-1 in its last 12 games and 1-5-1 in its last seven home games after going 21-1-3 in its first 25 home games. The Royals are 8-27-4 all time in the month of March.

Johnstown needs only one point to return to the playoffs for the first time since 2001-02 and for the 10th time in its 16-year history in the ECHL. The Chiefs play at Atlantic City on March 24 and at Wheeling on March 26 before returning home to host Trenton on March 27 and Cincinnati on March 28.

Peoria qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a 3-1 win at Atlantic City on March 19 while Atlantic City qualified for the postseason when Trenton beat Reading 5-0 on March 20. Peoria has not missed the postseason in its eight seasons in the ECHL and it won the Kelly Cup Championship in 2000. Atlantic City has qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its first two seasons, winning the ECHL Championship in 2003 and advancing to the Northern Conference Finals in 2002.

Columbia, which advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals in 2003, secured the third Kelly Cup Playoffs berth of its three-year history with a 4-2 win at Greenville on March 20. Looking for its second consecutive division title, the Inferno leads the Southern Division with 86 points and a 39-20-8 record. Florida is in second place with 76 points and a 33-24-10 record, one point ahead of South Carolina (36-25-3) and three points ahead of Greensboro (36-27-1). Roanoke (32-26-8) is one point behind Greensboro for the final playoff spot and two points ahead of Charlotte (31-27-8). South Carolina and Greensboro each have three games in hand on Columbia and Florida and two games in hand on Roanoke and Charlotte.

Florida plays at Charlotte on March 24, at Roanoke on March 26 and at Greensboro on March 28. South Carolina hosts Florence on March 23 and Columbia on March 26 while playing at Columbia on March 25 and at Columbus on March 27. Greensboro hosts Charlotte on March 22, Greenville on March 23 and Florida on March 28 while traveling to Trenton on March 25 and 26. Charlotte plays at Greensboro on March 22 before hosting Florida on March 24, Florence on March 26 and Columbia on March 27. Advancing to the postseason for the ninth time in its nine-year history, Louisiana became the first team from the Central Division to qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs with a 1-0 shootout win against Columbus on March 17. Mississippi is 40-19-7 and in second place with 87 points while Pensacola is 36-20-9 and in third place with 81 points. Gwinnett is 36-21-7 and holds the fourth and final playoff spot in the Central Division with 79 points, two points ahead of Columbus (35-23-7). Gwinnett has a game in hand on both Columbus and Pensacola and two games in hand on Mississippi. Columbus is looking for its first playoff berth in three ECHL seasons while the Gladiators are looking to qualify for the postseason in their first season in Gwinnett. Mississippi and Pensacola are both looking to make their third straight Kelly Cup Playoff appearance.

Mississippi hosts Louisiana on March 26 and Columbus on March 28. Pensacola hosts Columbus on March 26 and Texas on March 27 before playing at Texas on March 28. Gwinnett will host Alaska on March 23 before traveling to Texas on March 26 and Louisiana on March 27 and 28. Columbus will play at Pensacola on March 26 and at Mississippi on March 28 while hosting South Carolina on March 27.

Alaska secured the final playoff spot in the Pacific Division with a 2-1 shootout win at Roanoke on March 17.

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs

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