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SFTC Addict 04-02-2012 06:10 PM

ECHL Playoffs GDT
 
Figured it would be fun to do these every round to discuss the games and what not.

http://www.echl.com/road-to-the-kell...onight-p176908

Eastern Conference Quarterfinals (Best of Five)

#1 Elmira Jackals (45-22-5) vs. #8 Reading Royals (36-28-8)
Series Matchup Sheet

This marks the second all-time postseason meeting between the Atlantic Division rivals. Reading skated away with a 4 games to 2 win over the Jackals in the 2008 North Division Semifinals.

Elmira set club records this season with 45 wins, 95 points and 25 home wins. The Jackals went 11-3-2 against Reading this season and were led in the season series by ECHL scoring leader and Rookie of the Year Dustin Gazley who tallied 20 points (6g-14a) in 16 games. Goaltender Brian Stewart appeared in 11 games against Reading and was 8-1-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average and a save percentage of .922.

Reading ended the regular season on a six-game unbeaten streak (5-0-1) and went 9-2-1 in its final 12 games. The Royals were 5-6-5 against Elmira this season. Olivier Labelle led Reading against the Jackals in the regular season with five goals and 11 points.

Game 1 – Tuesday, April 3 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading
Game 2 – Wednesday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Reading
Game 3 – Friday, April 6 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Elmira
Game 4 – Saturday, April 7 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Elmira (If Necessary)
Game 5 – Monday, April 9 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Elmira (If Necessary)



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#2 Gwinnett Gladiators (41-20-11) vs. #7 South Carolina Stingrays (37-28-7)
Series Matchup Sheet

Gwinnett returns to the postseason for the first time since 2009 after capturing the South Division title, and winning at least 40 games for the sixth time in nine seasons. The Gladiators led the Eastern Conference, and were second in the league, with 26 home wins. Gwinnett was 6-6-3 against the Stingrays this season, and was led in the season series by Justin Milo who had 13 points (3g-10a) in 15 games. Ryan Zapolski was 1-1-0 against South Carolina with a 1.82 goals-against average and a save percentage of .931.

South Carolina is making its 18th postseason appearance in 19 ECHL seasons. The Stingrays were 9-6-0 against Gwinnett this season, including a 6-2-0 mark at the North Charleston Coliseum. Pierre-Luc O’Brien led South Carolina against the Gladiators with six goals and 11 points, while goaltender Daren Machesney was 2-2-0 with a 2.43 goals-against average and a save percentage of .909 in four appearances.

This is the third all-time playoff meeting between the two teams. South Carolina captured a 3 games to 0 win in the 2006 South Division Semifinals while Gwinnett prevailed 3 games to 2 in the 2008 South Division Semifinals.

Game 1 – Tuesday, April 3 at 7:05 p.m. ET at South Carolina
Game 2 – Wednesday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. ET at South Carolina
Game 3 – Friday, April 6 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Gwinnett
Game 4 – Sunday, April 8 at 2:05 p.m. ET at Gwinnett (If Necessary)
Game 5 – Monday, April 9 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Gwinnett (If Necessary)



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#3 Kalamazoo Wings (38-26-8) vs. #6 Wheeling Nailers (37-26-9)
Series Matchup Sheet

Kalamazoo and Wheeling meet in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the second consecutive year. The K-Wings eliminated the Nailers 4 games to 2 in last year’s Eastern Conference Finals.

The K-Wings captured their third straight North Division title, and set a club record with 20 road wins this season. Kalamazoo went 2-1-0 against the Nailers this season, winning the two games played in Wheeling. Darryl Bootland led Kalamzoo against the Nailers with two goals, and with three points shared the team lead in the season series with four others. Riley Gill appeared in all three games of the head-to-head series posting a 2-1-0 record with a goals-against average of 3.36 and a .907 save percentage.

Wheeling is making consecutive postseason appearances for the first time since 1997 and 1998. The Nailers went 1-2-0 against Kalamazoo this season, and were led in the season series by Chris Barton, who tallied four points (1g-3a). Peter Delmas was 1-0-0 against Kalamazoo with a 1.50 goals-against average and a save percentage of .960.

Game 1 – Tuesday, April 3 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Wheeling
Game 2 – Wednesday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Wheeling
Game 3 – Friday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Kalamazoo
Game 4 – Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Kalamazoo (If Necessary)
Game 5 – Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. ET at Kalamazoo (If Necessary)



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#4 Greenville Road Warriors (41-25-6) vs. #5 Florida Everblades (39-26-7)
Series Matchup Sheet


Greenville, which has surpassed the 40-win plateau in each of its two seasons, went 7-3-1 against the Everblades this season. Brandon Wong led the Road Warriors in the season series with six goals, and along with Justin Bowers (4g-9a), shared the team lead in points with 13. In goal, Nic Riopel was 5-1-0 against the Everblades with a 2.84 goals-against average and a save percentage of .914.

Florida has advanced to the postseason in each of its 14 seasons. The Everblades went 4-6-1 against Greenville this season, and was led by Scott Pitt (5g-5a) and Matt Beca (3g-7a), who each tallied 10 points in the season series. Pat Nagle appeared in six games against Greenville, going 3-3-0 with a 2.83 goals-against average and a save percentage of .912.

Game 1 – Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida
Game 2 – Wednesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida
Game 3 – Friday, April 8 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Greenville
Game 4 – Saturday, April 7 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Greenville (If Necessary)
Game 5 – Monday, April 9 at 7:35 p.m. ET at Greenville (If Necessary)



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Western Conference Quarterfinals (Best of Five)

#2 Ontario Reign (43-21-8) vs. #7 Idaho Steelheads (31-32-9)
Series Matchup Sheet


Ontario captured its second Pacific Division title in last four seasons, and returns to the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2009. The Reign were 6-1-0 in the regular season series against Idaho, including a 4-0-0 mark in the four games in Boise. Kyle Kraemer led Ontario against the Steelheads with 11 points (6g-5a) while Jean-Francois Berube was 3-1-0 with a 2.33 goals-against average and a save percentage of .920.

Idaho has advanced to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its nine ECHL seasons, and is tied for second in league history with two Kelly Cup titles (2004 and 2007). The Steelheads went 1-5-1 against Ontario this season, but ended the season on a 6-3-1 run in their last 10 games. Derek LeBlanc led Idaho against the Reign with three goals and seven points. Jerry Kuhn appeared in all seven games of the season series going 1-5-1 with a 3.60 goals-against average and a save percentage of .906.

Game 1 – Tuesday, April 3 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho
Game 2 – Wednesday, April 4 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho
Game 3 – Friday, April 6 at 7 p.m. PT at Ontario
Game 4 – Saturday, April 7 at 6 p.m. PT at Ontario (If Necessary)
Game 5 – Monday, April 9 at 7 p.m. PT at Ontario (If Necessary)



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#3 Las Vegas Wranglers (42-22-8) vs. #6 Utah Grizzlies (33-33-6)
Series Matchup Sheet

Las Vegas and Utah meet in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the third time in the last five seasons. Las Vegas defeated the Grizzlies 4 games to 0 in the 2008 National Conference Finals while Utah eliminated the Wranglers 3 games to 2 in the 2010 National Conference Quarterfinals.

The Wranglers are in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the seventh straight season, and the eighth time in nine years. Las Vegas went 4-5-0 against the Grizzlies this season and was led in the season series by Adam Miller who tallied 11 points (3g-8a). Mitch O’Keefe went 1-2-0 in three appearances with a 2.37 goals-against average and a save percentage of .909.

Utah, which is making its fifth consecutive postseason appearance, was 5-4-0 against Las Vegas this season. Paul McIlveen led the Grizzlies in the season series with seven goals and 12 points while Andrew Engelage went 3-3-0 with a 2.65 goals-against average and a save percentage of .910.

Game 1 – Monday, April 2 at 7:05 p.m. MT at Utah
Game 2 – Tuesday, April 3 at 7:05 p.m. MT at Utah
Game 3 – Thursday, April 5 at 7:05 p.m. PT at Las Vegas
Game 4 – Friday, April 6 at 7:05 p.m. PT at Las Vegas (If Necessary)
Game 5 – Monday, April 9 at 7:05 p.m. PT at Las Vegas (If Necessary)


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#4 Colorado Eagles (38-28-6) vs. #5 Stockton Thunder (34-33-5)
Series Matchup Sheet


Colorado has advanced to the postseason in its first ECHL season, and went 5-4-0 against the Thunder this season. Chad Costello led Colorado against the Thunder with six goals and 12 points, while goaltender Kyle Jones was 5-1-0 with a 2.75 goals-against average and a save percentage of .919.

Stockton is in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the sixth straight season. The Thunder went 4-5-0 against Colorado this season, and was led by Gabriel Levesque who had nine points (2g-7a) in five games. Olivier Roy was 2-3-0 against Colorado with a 2.42 goals-against average and a save percentage of .925.

Game 1 – Tuesday, April 3 at 7 p.m. PT at Stockton
Game 2 – Wednesday, April 4 at 7 p.m. PT at Stockton
Game 3 – Friday, April 6 at 7:05 p.m. MT at Colorado
Game 4 – Saturday, April 7 at 7:05 p.m. MT at Colorado (If Necessary)
Game 5 – Monday, April 9 at 7:05 p.m. MT at Colorado (If Necessary)

SFTC Addict 04-02-2012 09:29 PM

Florida beats Greenville 5-2 in Game 1 down in Estero. Two 5 on 3 goals lead the Blades

SFTC Addict 04-02-2012 11:40 PM

Vegas shuts down Utah 2-0 in Game 1 at Utah.

Solution 04-04-2012 09:47 AM

Wheeling over Kalamazoo 4-2 in Game 1.

SFTC Addict 04-04-2012 11:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Solushun (Post 47282519)
Wheeling over Kalamazoo 4-2 in Game 1.

Good game, Game winner late.

Don't know what motive the league has with this format but it really levels the playing field for the underdog.

eggy2486 04-04-2012 02:14 PM

why is the attendance so low? I would think playoffs draws more fans

SFTC Addict 04-04-2012 03:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eggy2486 (Post 47294623)
why is the attendance so low? I would think playoffs draws more fans

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Sorry I couldn't help myself. If anything the playoffs are a financial burden. A money loser. So few comp tickets exist. Sponsors have to BUY their own tickets, so they have nothing to give to employees/customers. Not to mention for the first round the turnaround is so quick. The ticket prices also jack up, as they are "league regulated"

Teams also actually report factual numbers.

LadyStanley 04-04-2012 03:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eggy2486 (Post 47294623)
why is the attendance so low? I would think playoffs draws more fans

STH sometimes have 1st round tickets included in their packages.

With the fast turn over there aren't the groups that nominally fill sections (little time to get group together).

Etc.

Steelhead16 04-04-2012 03:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Green Men Rule (Post 47297533)
HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Sorry I couldn't help myself. If anything the playoffs are a financial burden. A money loser. So few comp tickets exist. Sponsors have to BUY their own tickets, so they have nothing to give to employees/customers. Not to mention for the first round the turnaround is so quick. The ticket prices also jack up, as they are "league regulated"

Teams also actually report factual numbers.

That. Season numbers reflect tickets sold (ie. season tickets) and not butts in seats. Many of the STH's are businesses so they rarely buy playoff tickets because there isn't really a way to make them perks for customers or employees. There are probably more walk ups for the playoffs but they certainly don't equal the STH losses.

eggy2486 04-04-2012 06:41 PM

so if the turnaround drives people away, what is the benefit to having the games so soon? why not have a few days delay to give people a chance to plan ahead and get tickets? i figure the league sets the schedule so whats the benefit to them for doing this at the expense of the individual teams?

Johnny8242 04-04-2012 06:52 PM

East First 4 Games Average 1907
West First 4 Games (2 in Utah) 2300

That is why teams always want the weekend games if they can even draw 500 or 1000 more fans it's worth it. Plus the extra time to promote it.


Florida is up 2 nothing over the Road Warriors this could get ugly.

SFTC Addict 04-04-2012 08:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny8242 (Post 47307049)
East First 4 Games Average 1907
West First 4 Games (2 in Utah) 2300

That is why teams always want the weekend games if they can even draw 500 or 1000 more fans it's worth it. Plus the extra time to promote it.


Florida is up 2 nothing over the Road Warriors this could get ugly.

Every Eastern team could be heading home down 2-0 soon. LOL

SFTC Addict 04-04-2012 08:31 PM

Spoke too soon. Gwinnett and Kalamazoo find ways in the 3rd to comeback and win.

vwg* 04-04-2012 08:31 PM

Stingrays choke in the 3rd period. Would have been huge heading to Gwinnett up 2-0. Oh well, good for Gwinnett since they got jobbed on their home ice advantage.

Avsrule2002 04-04-2012 09:41 PM

The Colorado Eagles have tickets to all possible playoff games included in their season ticket package. However many games are played, you are responsible for paying for them after the playoffs are over. With 4500 season ticket holders in a 5289 seat barn, it's easy to sell out regular season games, much less playoff games. Sock it to those corporate guys and make them pay for tickets wether they use them or not, and it forces them to use them or give them away instead of eating them.

Bored5000 04-04-2012 10:21 PM

I just got home a little while ago from the Royals-Jackals game at the Sovereign Center. Like I mentioned in the other ECHL playoff thread, it is amazing how different a team Reading is with Mark Owuya in net vs. Karel St. Laurent or some of the other goaltending options the team has used this season. Owuya is now 18-5-1 for Reading this season.

The Royals were outshot by nine in the first game and by 15 in the second game and won both of them. Owuya seemed to be cruising most of the game on Wednesday, but kinda let the Jackals back into the game in the last half of the third period. With the score 3-0, Owuya went behind the net to challenge a Jackals player for the puck and was out of position when the puck was then passed out in front of the net. The Jackals cut the score to 3-2 late in the third period, before a Royals empty netter sealed the outcome.

FWIW, attendance in Reading was announced as 2,904 on Wednesday night. But IMO the number of actual people in the seats tonight was probably greater than some of the midweek/Sunday evening games during the regular season.

LadyStanley 04-04-2012 11:45 PM

Stockton wins 17 seconds into OT (3-2), leads series 2-0 over Colorado.

SFTC Addict 04-05-2012 07:16 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bored5000 (Post 47319249)
I just got home a little while ago from the Royals-Jackals game at the Sovereign Center. Like I mentioned in the other ECHL playoff thread, it is amazing how different a team Reading is with Mark Owuya in net vs. Karel St. Laurent or some of the other goaltending options the team has used this season. Owuya is now 18-5-1 for Reading this season.

The Royals were outshot by nine in the first game and by 15 in the second game and won both of them. Owuya seemed to be cruising most of the game on Wednesday, but kinda let the Jackals back into the game in the last half of the third period. With the score 3-0, Owuya went behind the net to challenge a Jackals player for the puck and was out of position when the puck was then passed out in front of the net. The Jackals cut the score to 3-2 late in the third period, before a Royals empty netter sealed the outcome.

FWIW, attendance in Reading was announced as 2,904 on Wednesday night. But IMO the number of actual people in the seats tonight was probably greater than some of the midweek/Sunday evening games during the regular season.

We can NOT catch a break in this series. Two goals of Reading's 8 have gone in off of one of our defenders sticks. Reading gets a guy from Cuse while Cuse who is our affiliate sends us nothing. Our other tewam(AHL worst Bingo)sends us squat when we have a lot eligible.

I do think this is a series where the score results aren't matching the play. The Jackals are down 2-0 but they have played decent the first 2 nights. Mark Owuya has just been that good. I am hearing we are getting some players for Friday and that Owuya is likely to be recalled. Man, that would change things up quite a bit. I am fully expecting this to go to a 5th game.

SFTC Addict 04-05-2012 07:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by visor wearing goon (Post 47312439)
Stingrays choke in the 3rd period. Would have been huge heading to Gwinnett up 2-0. Oh well, good for Gwinnett since they got jobbed on their home ice advantage.

i'm thinking they picked it. All the lower seeds started out at home.

SFTC Addict 04-05-2012 07:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Avsrule2002 (Post 47317501)
The Colorado Eagles have tickets to all possible playoff games included in their season ticket package. However many games are played, you are responsible for paying for them after the playoffs are over. With 4500 season ticket holders in a 5289 seat barn, it's easy to sell out regular season games, much less playoff games. Sock it to those corporate guys and make them pay for tickets wether they use them or not, and it forces them to use them or give them away instead of eating them.

Interesting. We just get reimbursed after the Playoffs. You either get your money back or the gams not played you can use toward next year.

Bored5000 04-05-2012 04:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Green Men Rule (Post 47327491)
Reading gets a guy from Cuse while Cuse who is our affiliate sends us nothing.

You mean Dale Mitchell, right? It is kinda weird that that he was reassigned back to Reading for the playoffs, but he spent this season in Reading while in the Toronto organization. Our local paper carries a Royals column every Sunday, and I can remember reading a profile of Mitchell a couple months ago.

It is amazing how good he was this year for Reading -- He tore his ACL during the playoffs last season and was back eight months later. For a while this season, Mitchell was probably Reading's most consistent goal scorer. He had 16 goals in 35 games after he returned to the game in December. I remember from the article I read that when Mitchell initally returned this season, he was then sidelined for several more weeks because his knee kept swelling.

SFTC Addict 04-05-2012 05:36 PM

Got Cowick and Godfrey back today...hope Owuya got recalled to Toronto.

bhigo59 04-05-2012 07:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Green Men Rule (Post 47353081)
Got Cowick and Godfrey back today...hope Owuya got recalled to Toronto.

So far Owuya did not get recalled to Toronto, and the emphasis is on [B]so far.[B]Anyways in my opinion this series is probably far from over. Elmira has been real good this year in making comebacks. As far as Mitchell, it really surprised me when I seen him on the ice in Tuesday's game. Ahl teams will only send guys down if they aren't going to use them and they aren't on their clear day lists. Owuya is not on the Marlies list but nothing is saying he won't get recalled . Right now Rynnas is the Marlies goalie and a guy on ATO, and Scrivens will return by Sunday after the NHL season is over.

SFTC Addict 04-05-2012 08:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bhigo59 (Post 47363893)
So far Owuya did not get recalled to Toronto, and the emphasis is on [B]so far.[B]Anyways in my opinion this series is probably far from over. Elmira has been real good this year in making comebacks. As far as Mitchell, it really surprised me when I seen him on the ice in Tuesday's game. Ahl teams will only send guys down if they aren't going to use them and they aren't on their clear day lists. Owuya is not on the Marlies list but nothing is saying he won't get recalled . Right now Rynnas is the Marlies goalie and a guy on ATO, and Scrivens will return by Sunday after the NHL season is over.

This is true. Todays league transactions only had 2....and they were both from yesterday. I've never understood why some transactions are announced the next day.

I do think we will win tomorrow but thats only because our lineup is getting a couple new faces(Larocque and Cowick...Godfrey is questionable) A shakeup is needed. This means we could potentially elminate 2 of Reeds, Kirschner, Tamblyn and Dineen as Martin is also able to play Forward and with 6 dman otherwise available I think he may a forward tomorrow. If Godfrey plays I would bank on Dieude-Fauvel sitting out.

Game 1 was a boring, sloppy game. The first period was mainly dump and chase, ironic....thats how Reading got their goal. Unfortunatly from our perspective iut wasnt that great of a scoring chance and was a save Stewart makes 9 out of 10 times. The second goal went in off of one of our forwards sticks(thats somehow happened twice)

As for Game 2 it was a terible start. The hit on McKelvie i thought was clean, Bellamy put a way worse hit on in the 3rd and ironically it was a no call. The Royals powerplay suddenly clicked after a pathetic Game 1 performance. The 2nd half of the game I thought we dominated, Owuya was just that good. Radja's goal is what we need to do, SCREEN.

Scrivens is awesome, watched him for 4 years at Cornell. I was disappointed he never played against us here. I'm shocked he started out in the E but the kid is that good. I think he will be a full time regular soon enough. Will never be back in the E again

vwg* 04-06-2012 10:49 PM

South Carolina-Gwinnett tied 3-3 going to the 4th OT. :laugh: It is the longest game in ECHL history according to Rays PBP guy.

Stingrays have a "mercenary" in net (former U. of Vermont/Chicago Express goalie Rob Madore) because Machesney got called up to replace Holtby

Crazy game, Stingrays have only about 40 shots through 6 periods. :help:


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