South Division Tightens Up
With Two Teams Tied For Second

Texas is 52-7-11 and with 115 points has clinched the South Division and home ice throughout the division playoffs. The next seven teams will be seeded second through eighth in order of points. Teams will be re-seeded according to the same criteria in the Division Semifinals and the Division Finals. The South Division playoff series will all be best-of-five games.

South Carolina (44-22-3) and Gwinnett (43-21-5) are tied for second place with 91 points. The Stingrays, however, would be seeded second because they have more wins.

South Carolina, which is in the postseason for an ECHL record 14th time in 15 seasons, visits Augusta on Tuesday and Saturday and Charlotte on Friday. The Stingrays have won the last two meetings to improve to 5-3-0 in the season series with Augusta while they are 5-3-1 overall and 2-1-1 on the road against Charlotte this year.

In the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the fifth time in five seasons since moving to Georgia, the Gladiators host Charlotte on Tuesday and Saturday and plays at Columbia on Friday. Gwinnett is 2-0-0 at home and 4-2-1 overall against the Checkers this season and is 4-0-0 on the road and 7-0-1 overall against the Inferno this year.

Florida is in fourth place with 80 points (36-25-8) and needs one point to clinch home ice for the first round. The Everblades host Pensacola on Tuesday and Texas on Friday and Saturday. Florida is 3-1-0 at home and 6-1-3 overall this season against the Ice Pilots and is 0-1-2 at home and 1-5-2 overall against the Wildcatters this year.

Charlotte (33-28-7) and Columbia (31-28-11) are tied for fifth place with 73 points while Augusta is in seventh place with 69 points (32-33-5).

Charlotte plays at Gwinnett on Tuesday and Saturday and hosts Columbia on Thursday and South Carolina on Friday. The Checkers, who are 2-1-1 at home and 4-3-2 overall against South Carolina this season, are in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the fourth straight year which is the most consecutive appearances since they advanced to the postseason in each of their first five seasons from 1994-98.

Columbia, which returns to the postseason for the first time since 2005, visits Charlotte on Thursday and hosts Gwinnett on Friday. The Inferno has won the last two meetings with Charlotte to improve to 4-3-2 overall in the season series.

Augusta is in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third season in a row which ties the record for consecutive appearances set by the Lynx in their first three seasons.

Returning after missing two seasons because of Hurricane Katrina, Mississippi is making its fifth straight Kelly Cup Playoffs appearance having reached the conference finals in 2002 and 2003. The Sea Wolves will face Texas in the first round.