Comets Clinch 2016 Calder Cup Playoff Spot
For the second consecutive season, the Utica Comets will be playing in the Calder Cup playoffs. The Comets secured their spot in the annual postseason tournament after they forced overtime and secured a point against the St. John's IceCaps earlier tonight.
The Comets are the third team in the North Division to clinch a spot in the postseason, and the fourth team to do so in the Eastern Conference, behind the Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs), the Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils), and the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals).
Playoff ticketing information will be released at a later date.
The top four teams in each of the AHL's four divisions as ranked by points percentage (points earned divided by points available) will qualify for the 2016 Calder Cup Playoffs, with one possibility for a "crossover" in each conference: if the fifth-place team in the Atlantic or Central Division finishes with a better points percentage than the fourth-place team in the North or Pacific Division, it would compete in the other division's bracket.
Home-ice advantage in all series will be granted to the team with the higher points percentage.
The Division Semi-finals (first round) will be best-of-five series. The Division Finals, the Conference Finals and the Calder Cup Finals are a best-of-seven series.
The 2015-16 American Hockey League regular season concludes on April 17, and all playoff dates will be announced at a later date.
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