Long Beach and Idaho each secured their spots in the Kelly Cup Playoffs over the weekend and join Alaska, which clinched its berth on March 26 to become the first team from the National Conference to qualify for the postseason. Alaska leads the division at 43-18-8 and 94 points followed by Long Beach at 42-20-8 and 92 points and Idaho at 41-21-7 and 89 points. Bakersfield currently holds the final playoff spot in the division at 38-22-10 and 86 points, two points ahead of Fresno at 38-24-8 and 84 points.
Bakersfield hosts Idaho on Friday and Saturday while Fresno hosts Long Beach on Friday and Saturday.
Following a 4-2 loss to Fresno on Friday, Bakersfield is 0-3-1 in its last four home games and 19-11-4 overall at home. The Condors are winless in their last two games, 1-4-1 in their last six games and 2-6-1 in the last nine games. Bakersfield is 1-0-1 at home and 3-1-1 overall against Idaho.
After beating Bakersfield 4-2 on Friday, Fresno lost 6-3 at home to Alaska on Saturday and 7-0 at home to Long Beach on Sunday. After going 20-7-2 in their first 29 home games, the Falcons are 0-5-0 in their last five home games and 20-12-2 overall at Save Mart Center. Fresno is 0-3-0 at home and 1-6-0 overall against Long Beach.
Needing three points to clinch the West Division and four points to clinch the National Conference, Alaska will be cheered on by more than 100 fans scheduled to make the trip from Anchorage for the Aces games at Las Vegas on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. The Aces are 1-0-0 at Las Vegas, winning 5-3 on November 9, and are 4-1-1 overall against the Wranglers.
Sweeping a three-game series with longtime rival San Diego, defending Kelly Cup Champion Idaho improved to 13-0-4 in its last 17 games and 20-1-4 in its last 25 games. Idaho, which won the ECHL title as an expansion team in 2003-04, plays at San Diego on Wednesday and at Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday. The Steelheads, who have won their last four road games, are 1-3-0 at San Diego and 4-3-0 overall against the Gulls and 1-1-0 at Bakersfield and 2-3-0 overall against the Condors.
Winning its last three games, Long Beach can clinch the second seed in the division with four points in its final two games at Fresno on Friday and Saturday. The Ice Dogs are 3-0-0 at Fresno and 6-1-0 overall against the Falcons.