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North Division Semifinals


#1 Cincinnati Cyclones (41-26-5) vs. #4 Wheeling Nailers (36-28-8)

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Defending Kelly Cup champion Cincinnati won its last four games to finish atop the North Division for the second season in a row. The Cyclones are in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third year in a row and the fifth time in six seasons while the Nailers are back in the postseason for the first time since 2006 and the ninth time since moving to Wheeling before the 1992-93 season.

Cincinnati won the last three meetings and is 2-3-0 at home and 5-6-0 overall in the season series while Wheeling was 3-1-1 on the road and 6-3-2 overall.

Barret Ehgoetz led the Cyclones against Wheeling with six goals and 14 points while T.J. McElroy and Mark Van Guilder each had nine assists and 12 points. ECHL Rookie of the Year Bryan Ewing led the Nailers against Cincinnati with 12 goals and 21 points while Jordan Morrison, who was named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team and finished third in voting for Rookie of the Year, had 12 assists and 17 points. Cincinnati’s Ryan Nie was 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 3.89 against the Nailers while Wheeling’s David Brown was 3-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.52.

Thursday, Apr. 9 7:30 p.m.
Wheeling at Cincinnati

Friday, Apr. 10 7:30 p.m.
Wheeling at Cincinnati

Saturday, Apr. 11 7:35 p.m.
Cincinnati at Wheeling

Wednesday, Apr. 15 7:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at Wheeling

Friday, Apr. 17 7:35 p.m.
Cincinnati at Wheeling (if necessary)

Saturday, Apr. 18 7:30 p.m.
Wheeling at Cincinnati (if necessary)

Monday, Apr. 20 7:30 p.m.
Wheeling at Cincinnati (if necessary)

American Conference – North Division Semifinals

#2 Trenton Devils (40-25-7) vs. #3 Elmira Jackals (39-26-7)
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Trenton is in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the eighth time in 10 years while Elmira has advanced to the postseason both years since joining the league as an expansion team in 2007-08.

Elmira was 5-2-1 at home and 7-5-1 overall in the season series while Trenton was 3-2-0 at home and 6-6-1 overall. The Devils won the Kelly Cup in 2005 while reaching the Kelly Cup Finals in 2001 and the conference finals in 2000.

Eric Castonguay led the Devils with 14 points (3g-11a) while defenseman Ryan Gunderson had a team-high 12 assists and 13 points. Benoit Doucet led the Jackals against Trenton with five goals and 11 points while Steve Yetman (4g-5a) and Chris Korchinski (1g-8a) had nine points each. Trenton’s Gerald Coleman was 5-2-0 with a goals-against average of 2.42 against the Jackals while Elmira’s Michael Teslak was 3-3-0 with a goals-against average of 3.20 against the Devils.

Friday, Apr. 10 7 p.m.
Elmira at Trenton

Saturday, Apr. 11 7 p.m.
Elmira at Trenton

Wednesday, Apr. 15 7:05 p.m.
Trenton at Elmira

Thursday, Apr. 16 7:05 p.m.
Trenton at Elmira

Saturday, Apr. 18 7:35 p.m.
Trenton at Elmira (if necessary)

Sunday, Apr. 19 6 p.m.
Elmira at Trenton (if necessary)

Tuesday, Apr. 21 7 p.m.
Elmira at Trenton (if necessary)

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