PRINCETON, N.J. – The Kelly Cup Playoffs race continues Saturday with 12 of the 14 games having the chance to affect the postseason. Six teams are battling for four spots in the North Division and four teams are fighting for three slots in the West Division. Alaska is the only team in the National Conference that has secured a playoff berth. The eight playoff teams have been determined in the American Conference, but the battle for first place in the East and second seed continues between Columbia, South Carolina and Charlotte.
The six teams fighting for the four postseason spots in the North Division go head-to-head on Saturday with leader Atlantic City traveling to Reading, Trenton hosting Peoria and Toledo visiting Wheeling. Atlantic City began the weekend in first place in the North Division, but it has also played three more games than Reading and two more games than Trenton, Peoria, Toledo and Wheeling. The Boardwalk Bullies have 86 points followed by Reading and Trenton with 83 points, Peoria with 80 points, Toledo with 79 points and Wheeling with 77 points.
Atlantic City, which is 13-5-2 in its last 20 games, has won the last three meetings with Reading, which is 9-4-2 in its last 15 games. The Boardwalk Bullies are 3-1-0 at Reading and 6-2-0 overall against the Royals, who are 1-2-1 at home and 2-3-3 overall against Atlantic City.
Wheeling, which is winless in its last three games and 1-5-1 in its last seven, is 2-1-0 at home and 3-4-0 overall against Toledo. The Storm won the last meeting 4-2 at Toledo on January 21 to improve to 4-2-1 against Wheeling.
Peoria, which has gone 4-0-1 in its last five games, is 1-0-1 at Trenton and 5-0-1 overall against the Titans. Trenton picked up its first victory of the season against the Rivermen, winning 4-3 in a shootout on Wednesday to improve to 1-3-2 against Peoria.
Alaska leads the West Division with 92 points followed by Long Beach and Bakersfield at 86 points, Idaho at 85 points and Fresno at 82 points. Saturday will find Alaska visiting Fresno, Idaho hosting San Diego in the third of four games in a row between the two, Bakersfield traveling to Las Vegas and Long Beach hosting Victoria. Alaska is 3-0-0 at Fresno and 4-1-2 overall against the Falcons. Fresno, which is 3-1-1 in its last five games, is 0-3-0 at home and 3-3-1 overall against the Aces.
Idaho, which eliminated San Diego from playoff contention on Wednesday, is 18-1-4 in its last 23 games, including an 11-0-4 record in the last 15 games. The Steelheads are 1-0-0 at home and 2-3-0 overall against San Diego.
Bakersfield is 1-2-0 at Las Vegas and 4-4-0 overall against the Wranglers, who won the last meeting 5-1 at home on March 15.
Going 4-2-0 in its last six games, Long Beach is 9-0-0 against Victoria, which has gone 3-5-0 on its season-ending 12-game road trip.
Pensacola sits in first place in the American Conference with a league-leading 97 points and 46 wins. Florida is in second place in the conference, but is in the South Division with Pensacola, so the Everblades are looking at the third seed for the opening round as the division winners are seeded first and second.
Columbia leads the East Division with 83 points and the Inferno has played one game less than second-place South Carolina with 82 points and Charlotte with 80 points. Mississippi is tied for fifth in the conference with Charlotte at 80 points, and the Sea Wolves have played two less games than the Checkers. Gwinnett is seventh in the conference at 78 points while Greenville holds onto the final spot with 75 points.
Pensacola will host Mississippi and Florida travels to Greenville. Columbia visits Pee Dee while Charlotte heads to Gwinnett and South Carolina hosts Augusta.
Despite losing back-to-back games for only the third time this season, the Ice Pilots are 24-5-1 in their last 30 games while Mississippi has won four games in a row and six of its last seven. Pensacola is 2-1-1 at home and 6-2-1 overall against the Sea Wolves, who won the last meeting 3-2 in a shootout on March 5.
Greenville is 3-1-0 and has outscored Florida 11-7 in the four meetings, but the Everblades won the last game 2-0 on March 19 at the BI-LO Center.
Columbia, which is 3-1-1 with two shutouts in its last five games, is 0-3-1 at Pee Dee and 4-3-1 overall against the Pride. Pee Dee has won the last two games and three of the last four meetings with Columbia to improve to 4-4-0 against the Inferno.
Gwinnett has won the last two meetings at home against Charlotte and is 3-2-1 overall against the Checkers. The two teams will meet again on Tuesday at Gwinnett.
South Carolina, which is 9-1-0 in its last 10 home games and 9-3-0 in its last 12 games, has won the last two meetings with Augusta and is 1-0-0 at home and 3-2-0 overall against the Lynx, who are 0-4-0 in their last four road games.