Six Teams Qualify, Six Berths Remain In Kelly Cup Playoffs

Six more teams have qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs as Greenville, Idaho, Johnstown, Long Beach, Toledo, and Utah join Alaska, Florida, Fresno, Gwinnett, Las Vegas, Reading and Wheeling, leaving six berths remaining for the postseason which begins Apr. 10.

In the National Conference, Idaho and Utah secured the final two playoff berths in the West Division, joining Alaska and Las Vegas, while Long Beach joins Fresno in the Pacific Division. Idaho advances to the postseason for the third time in three seasons, having captured the Kelly Cup as an expansion team in 2003-04, while Utah reaches the playoffs in its first season. Alaska is 47-9-4 and leads the league with 98 points while Las Vegas is 44-10-6 and in second place with 94 points. The Aces have eclipsed the team record of 45 wins set a year ago while tying the team record for points also set last season. Las Vegas has broken its team record of 43 wins and 93 points, both set in the Wranglers inaugural season in 2003-04. It is the second consecutive trip to the postseason for Long Beach which reached the division finals a year ago. Bakersfield and San Diego could clinch the final two berths in the Pacific on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. Bakersfield is looking to reach the postseason for the second season in a row while San Diego looks to return to the Kelly Cup Playoffs after not qualifying in 2004-05.

In the American Conference, Toledo and Johnstown join Reading and Wheeling in the North Division while Greenville joins Gwinnett and Florida in the South Division. Toledo is making its first back-to-back postseason appearance since 1998 and 1999 while Johnstown returns to the postseason for the first time since 2003-04 and the 11th time in its 18-year history.

The ECHL regular season ends on Apr. 8 and the Kelly Cup Playoffs are scheduled to begin Apr. 10 with the Kelly Cup Finals scheduled for May 22-June 3.

The playoff qualifiers in the American Conference are the top five teams in the North Division and the top six teams in the South Division.

The best-of-three division quarterfinals in the American Conference will be played April 10-13 with the best-of-five division semifinals scheduled for Apr. 14-23. The best-of-five division finals will be played Apr. 24-May 3 and the best-of-seven American Conference Finals are scheduled for May 5-20.

The playoff qualifiers in the National Conference will be the top four teams with the highest regular-season point total from the Pacific Division and the top four teams with the highest regular-season point total from the West Division.

The best-of-seven division semifinals in the National Conference will be played Apr. 10-22 with the best-of-seven division finals scheduled for Apr. 24-May 6. The best-of-seven National Conference Finals will be played May 8-20.