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ECHL this Week - March 13

March 13, 2017 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release

ECHL Scores & Schedule // ECHL Standings // League Leaders // Daily Report

Playoff picture begins to get clearer

With one month until the start of the 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs, the postseason picture around the ECHL is starting to come into focus.

In the North Division, just four points separate the top four teams. Reading enters the week on top of the division with 76 points, one point ahead of Brampton. Manchester is in third place with 73 points while Adirondack owns the fourth and final playoff spot with 72 points. Wheeling is in fifth place of the division with 64 points, and faces a crucial two-game series against the Thunder this weekend.

Florida leads the South Division with 83 points, eight points ahead of second-place Greenville. Orlando resides in third place with 69 points with Cincinnati in fourth place, just one point behind with 68. South Carolina has 67 points, one point out of the playoff picture. The Stingrays have played one fewer game than the Cyclones.

The only two teams to secure playoff spots to this point are both in the Central Division. Toledo was the first team to clinch a playoff berth and has an ECHL-leading 89 points as the Walleye look to win the Brabham Cup as regular season champions for the second time in the last three seasons. Fort Wayne punched its postseason ticket on Sunday and is second in the division with 79 points. Quad City (69) and Kalamazoo (66) are in possession of the final two playoff slots in the Central Division with Tulsa sitting eight points behind the K-Wings in fifth place.

In the Mountain Division, Colorado enjoys a four-point lead over the two-time defending Kelyl Cup champion Allen Americans. Idaho, which has reached the postseason in each of the previous 13 seasons, is in third place with 75 points, followed by Alaska with 69. Utah is in fifth place, four points behind the Aces, while sixth-place Missouri is six points off the pace.

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A look ahead

Games to watch in the ECHL during the week ahead. Watch ECHL games live on ECHL.TV.

Eastern Conference

Wheeling at Adirondack (Friday/Saturday)

The Nailers enter the week eight points the Thunder for the fourth and final playoff spot in the North Division.

Western Conference

Kalamazoo at Quad City (Wednesday)

The Mallards sit in third place of the Central Division, three points ahead of the fourth-place K-Wings. Quad City has played two fewer games than Kalamazoo.

Divisions

North Division

Stepan Falkovsky leads defensemen with 21 goals. The Thunder lead the league with 27.17 shots-against per game. Adirondack hosts Wheeling on Friday and Saturday and Atlanta on Sunday.

Zachary Fucale is fifth with 23 wins. Brampton is second on the penalty kill at 84.7 percent (221-for-261). The Beast are at Toledo on Wednesday and Elmira on Saturday and host Fort Wayne on Sunday.

Mark Bennett played in his 100th career game on Friday against Norfolk. The Jackals have scored 16 goals in their last four games. Elmira hosts Wheeling on Wednesday and Sunday and Brampton on Saturday.

Joey Diamond leads the Monarchs with 20 goals. Manchester is 19-0-1 when leading after two periods at home. The Monarchs host Atlanta on Friday and Saturday.

Matt Willows posted multiple points in each of Reading's three games last week (2g-6a). The Royals are 22-11-3 against North Division opponents. Reading hosts Norfolk on Tuesday and visits the Admirals on Friday and Saturday.

Tyler Currier and Cody Wydo both recorded their 100th professional points on Saturday against Quad City. Wheeling has scored at least 200 goals for the fifth straight season and the eighth time in the last nine years. The Nailers are at Elmira on Wednesday and Sunday and Adirondack on Friday and Saturday.

South Division

Matt Ginn is second with 1,116 saves. The Gladiators are 18-2-2 when leading after two periods. Atlanta hosts Florida on Tuesday and visits Manchester on Friday and Saturday and Adirondack on Sunday.

Shane Walsh is second among rookies with 186 shots on goal. Cincinnati is 21-1-3 when leading after one period. The Cyclones are at Alaska on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Michael Kirkpatrick is third in plus-minus at +30. The Everblades are 17-6-5 in one-goal games. Florida is at Atlanta on Tuesday and hosts Orlando on Friday and Saturday.

Joe Houk is second among defensemen with 16 goals. Greenville leads the league with 13 wins when trailing after one period (13-12-3). The Swamp Rabbits travel to South Carolina on Saturday.

John Dunbar's six assists on Sunday at Manchester tied the second most in a single-game in ECHL history. The Admirals are tied for fourth with six shorthanded goals against. Norfolk travels to Reading on Tuesday and hosts the Royals on Friday and Saturday.

Ryan Massa is tied for fifth with a .914 save percentage. Orlando leads the league with 37.65 shots per game. The Solar Bears are at Florida on Friday and Saturday.

Rob Flick is tied for ninth with 29 goals. The Stingrays are second with 27.66 shots-against per game. South Carolina hosts Greenville on Saturday.

Central Division

Jamie Schaafsma is on a seven-game point streak (5g-6a). Fort Wayne has outscored its opponents 85-48 in the third period. The Komets host Tulsa on Friday and visit Brampton on Sunday.

Adam Phillips has at least one point in five of his last six games (1g-5a). The Fuel matched a season high with six goals in Friday's 6-5 win over Fort Wayne. Indy travels to Kalamazoo on Friday, hosts the K-Wings on Saturday and hosts Quad City on Sunday.

Peter Schneider has 11 points (5g-6a) in his last eight games. Kalamazoo is 14-0-3 when leading after one period. The K-Wings travel to Quad City on Wednesday, host Indy on Friday and visit the Fuel on Saturday.

Justin Kovacs has 10 points (2g-8a) in his last five games. The Mallards have scored 13 goals in their last three games, all at even strength. Quad City hosts Kalamazoo on Wednesday and Missouri on Friday and Saturday before visiting Indy on Sunday.

Simon Denis is second in plus-minus at +33. Toledo leads the league with 250 goals scored. The Walleye host Brampton on Wednesday an Tulsa on Saturday and Sunday.

Darcy Murphy leads Tulsa with 17 goals. The Oilers are third with 34.52 shots per game. Tulsa is at Fort Wayne on Friday and Toledo on Saturday and Sunday.

Gerrad Grant is tied for second among rookies with two shorthanded assists. Wichita is tied for the league low with seven games decided in overtime or a shootout. The Thunder are at Missouri on Tuesday and Allen on Saturday and Sunday.

Mountain Division

Tim Coffman played his 200th career ECHL game on Friday at Rapid City. The Aces are 22-1-5 when scoring first. Alaska hosts Cincinnati on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Greger Hanson is on a 10-game point streak (10g-13a). Allen is on an eight-game road winning streak. The Americans host Wichita on Saturday and Sunday.

Matt Register leads defensemen with 59 points (14g-45a). The Eagles are 26-10-5 against Mountain Division opponents. Colorado visits Utah on Friday and Saturday.

Aaron Harstad has nine points (2g-7a) in eight games with the Steelheads after being acquired in a trade with Norfolk. Idaho is 9-2-0 in its last 11 games. The Steelheads host Rapid City on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Dane Fox leads Missouri with 28 goals and 62 points. The Mavericks are tied for second with 16 games decided in overtime or a shootout. Missouri hosts Wichita on Tuesday and is at Quad City on Friday and Saturday.

Ryan Walters is third with 207 shots on goal. Rapid City is 12-4-3 when leading after one period. The Rush are at Idaho on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

Rookies Ralph Cuddemi (26) and Colin Martin (19) are first and third on the team in goals. The Grizzlies are 4-1-1 in their last six games. Utah hosts Colorado on Friday and Saturday.


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