Going 8-3-4 in its last 10 games and 10-5-5 in the last 15 games, Texas leads the South Division with 69 points (30-14-9) which is three points in front of Florida (31-15-2) and five points ahead of Gwinnett (29-15-6). The Wildcatters are second in the ECHL, six points behind defending Kelly Cup and Brabham Cup champion Alaska (36-13-3) and one point ahead of Pacific Division leader Las Vegas (28-10-12).
Texas, which is looking to reach the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time since relocating to Beaumont in 2003-04, was not able to play a year ago in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The Wildcatters had 45 points (17-44-11) in 2004-05 and 50 points (22-44-6) in 2003-04 and have already surpassed their team records for wins, home wins and road wins. Texas, which will host Stockton on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, is 4-0-4 in its last eight home games and 9-3-4 in the last 16 games.
Florida, which is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games, hosts Gwinnett on Wednesday and Friday and Augusta on Saturday. Gwinnett will play at Pensacola on Tuesday and at Florida on Wednesday and Friday before hosting South Carolina on Saturday and Pensacola on Sunday. Augusta, which is in fourth place with 60 points (29-21-2) will host South Carolina on Tuesday and Toledo on Friday before playing at Florida on Saturday.
Charlotte (27-19-3) and South Carolina (26-19-5) are tied for the South Division’s fifth and final berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Charlotte hosts Toledo on Thursday before playing on Friday and Sunday at South Carolina which will visit Augusta on Tuesday and Gwinnett on Saturday. The Checkers have won the last three meetings with the Stingrays and lead the season series 5-2-0 and 2-0-0 at South Carolina.