Three Berths Still Remain In Kelly Cup Playoffs

The Bakersfield Condors and San Diego Gulls secured the final two berths in the Pacific Division and the South Carolina Stingrays qualified in the South Division, bringing the number of teams who have qualified for the 2006 Kelly Cup Playoffs to 16.

It is a league record 13th appearance and league record 13th consecutive appearance for South Carolina which has not missed the postseason since joining the ECHL in 1993-94. The Stingrays are the only team to win the Kelly Cup twice (1997 and 2001) and are also the only team in history to win both the regular season points title and the postseason (1997).

Toledo is making its first back-to-back playoff appearances since 1998 and 1999 and the 12th postseason appearance in its 15 seasons, tying it with Pensacola for second most postseason appearances. Johnstown is returning to the postseason for the first time in two seasons and the 11th time in its 18-year history, tying it for the fourth most playoff appearances.

Two of the three remaining berths in the postseason are in the South Division where Charlotte is 29-29-5 with 63 points followed by Augusta at 26-30-6 and 58 points, Columbia at 22-34-8 and 52 points and Pensacola at 20-38-7 and 47 points. Charlotte will host Augusta on Monday, division leader Gwinnett on Wednesday, Greenville on Friday and Florida on Saturday. Augusta hosts Greenville on Tuesday and Columbia on Saturday while visiting Charlotte on Monday and Columbia on Friday. Columbia will host Florida on Tuesday and Augusta on Friday before traveling to Augusta on Saturday while Pensacola plays at Gwinnett on Friday and hosts Gwinnett on Saturday.

Bakersfield reaches the postseason for the second season in a row while San Diego returns to the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2003-04. The Condors and Gulls join Fresno, which is making its first-ever Kelly Cup Playoffs appearance, and Long Beach, which is making its second straight postseason appearance having reached the division finals a year ago.