ECHL season reaches midway point this week


The ECHL season will reach the halfway point this week, and division and playoff races are starting to materialize across the league.


In the North Division, the top three teams are separated by just two points, as Cincinnati (20-12-2) and Toledo (19-13-4) share the top spot with 42 points each while Fort Wayne (19-15-2) sits just two points back with 40. Kalamazoo, which has won the North Division title each of the last three seasons, has won four of its last five games, to move to within nine points of the division lead.


The defending South Division champion Gwinnett Gladiators once again are on top of the division at the midpoint of the season, with 49 points, while Greenville is just four points off the pace. Defending Kelly Cup champion Florida has 37 points, followed by South Carolina (36) and Orlando (34).


In the Eastern Conference playoff race, only eight points separate Elmira and Florida, who currently hold the final two playoff spots in the conference with 37 points each, and the remaining six teams in the conference. Wheeling and South Carolina are just one point out of the final spot while Orlando is two points back. Trenton and Kalamazoo have 33 points each while Evansville has 29 points.


The two-time defending Brabham Cup champion Alaska Aces are once again on top of the league with 57 points (28-8-1) and enjoy an eight-point lead over Idaho for the Mountain Division lead.


Ontario, the defending Pacific Division champion, is 24-9-2 for 50 points, and has a five-point edge on Stockton (19-11-7) for the division lead.