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Eastern Conference Semifinals (Best of Seven)

#1 Elmira Jackals vs. #5 Florida Everblades
Series Matchup Sheet

Elmira and Florida meet in the Kelly Cup Playoffs for the second time in three seasons after the Everblades defeated the Jackals 3 games to 2 in the 2010 American Conference Quarterfinals.

In the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, Elmira became the seventh team in ECHL history to win a best-of-five series after falling behind 0-2, winning the final three games on home ice to defeat Reading 3 games to 2, while Florida swept its opening-round series against Greenville.

Elmira has qualified for the postseason in each of its five ECHL seasons, but is making just its second appearance in the second round. The Jackals, who set club records this season with 45 wins and 95 points, went 4-2-0 against Florida this season. ECHL Rookie of the Year Dustin Gazley led Elmira in the regular-season series with eight points (1g-7a) while Mike Radja had six goals. In goal, Timo Pielmeier was 2-0-0 with a .942 save percentage.

Florida has advanced to the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its 14 seasons, and is in the second round for the seventh time in the last nine years. Dating back to the regular season, and including their sweep of Greenville, the Everblades are 16-4-1 in their last 21 games. Florida was 2-4-0 in the regular season against Elmira, and was led in the season series by Matt Beca, who had nine points (2g-7a). John Muse and Pat Nagle each went 1-2-0 in goal for the Everblades in the head-to-head series against the Jackals.

Game 1 – Friday, April 13 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Elmira
Game 2 – Saturday, April 14 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Elmira
Game 3 – Monday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida
Game 4 – Wednesday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida
Game 5 – Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Florida (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Monday, April 23 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Elmira (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 25 at 7:05 p.m. ET at Elmira (If Necessary)

#3 Kalamazoo Wings vs. #7 South Carolina Stingrays
Series Matchup Sheet

Kalamazoo has captured the North Division title in each of its three seasons, while South Carolina has qualified for the postseason an ECHL-record 18 times.

The K-Wings, who advanced to the Kelly Cup Finals last season, defeated Wheeling 3 games to 1 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Kalamazoo was 2-1-1 against the Stingrays in the regular season, and was led in the series by Justin Taylor, who tallied three goals and added two assists for five points. Riley Gill went 1-1-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average and a save percentage of .938 against South Carolina this season.

The Stingrays defeated Gwinnett 3 games to 1 in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, including a four-overtime win in Game 3 in the second-longest game in ECHL history, and a double-overtime win in the series clincher on Sunday. South Carolina went 2-2-0 against the K-Wings this season, and won both of the meetings in Kalamazoo. Three of the four games in the season series were decided by one goal. Among players on the Stingrays’ playoff roster, Pierre-Luc O’Brien led South Carolina against the K-Wings with three points (1g-2a) while Billy Sauer was 1-0-0 with a 2.77 goals-against average and a save percentage of .912.

Game 1 – Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Kalamazoo
Game 2 – Saturday, April 14 at 7:30 p.m. ET at Kalamazoo
Game 3 – Wednesday, April 18 at 7:05 p.m. ET at South Carolina
Game 4 – Friday, April 20 at 7:05 p.m. ET at South Carolina
Game 5 – Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET at South Carolina (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 24 at 7 p.m. ET at Kalamazoo (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. ET at Kalamazoo (If Necessary)

Western Conference Semifinals (Best of Seven)

#1 Alaska Aces vs. #5 Stockton Thunder
Series Matchup Sheet

This is the second postseason meeting in the last three years between the two clubs. Stockton defeated the Aces 3 games to 1 in the 2010 National Conference Quarterfinals.

Alaska, the defending Kelly Cup champions, captured its second consecutive Brabham Cup, becoming the first team in ECHL history to win back-to-back regular-season championships. The Aces earned a bye in the first round of the playoffs by virtue of earning the number-one seed in the Western Conference. Alaska went 5-4-1 in the regular season against the Thunder. Nick Mazzolini led Alaska against the Thunder with 10 points (3g-7a), while all-time ECHL goal leader Wes Goldie contributed five goals. In goal, Adam Courchaine was 4-3-0 with a 2.01 goals-against average and a save percentage of .937.

Stockton, which is making its sixth consecutive appearance in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, advanced to the second round with a 3 games to 0 win over Colorado, outscoring the Eagles 10-5 in the series. Kevin Baker led Stockton against the Aces this season with seven goals and 11 points, while Olivier Roy was 2-4-0 with a 2.34 goals-against average and a save percentage of .926.

Game 1 – Friday, April 13 at 7:15 p.m. AKT at Alaska
Game 2 – Saturday, April 14 at 7:15 p.m. AKT at Alaska
Game 3 – Wednesday, April 18 at 7 p.m. PT at Stockton
Game 4 – Friday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. PT at Stockton
Game 5 – Saturday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. PT at Stockton (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 24 at 7:15 p.m. AKT at Alaska (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 25 at 7:15 p.m. AKT at Alaska (If Necessary)

#3 Las Vegas Wranglers vs. #7 Idaho Steelheads
Series Matchup Sheet

Las Vegas and Idaho renew their long postseason rivalry in the Western Conference Semifinals. This marks the second consecutive year the two have met, and the fifth playoff series in the last nine years between the Wranglers and Steelheads. Idaho has won three of the previous four meetings, winning 3 games to 2 in the 2004 Pacific Division Semifinals, 4 games to 2 in the 2007 National Conference Semifinals and 3 games to 2 in the 2011 Western Conference Quarterfinals. Las Vegas’ lone win was 4 games to 3 in the 2006 West Division Semifinals.

The Wranglers defeated Utah 3 games to 0 in the Western Conference Quarterfinals to advance to the second round for the first time since 2009. Las Vegas went 7-1-3 against the Steelheads in the regular season, including a 5-0-2 mark in the final seven head-to-head meetings. Judd Blackwater led the Wranglers in the series with 13 points (5g-8a), while Joe Fallon went 5-1-2 with a 2.56 goals-against average and a save percentage of .903.

Idaho advanced to the second round for the third consecutive year with a 3 games to 2 win over Ontario in the Western Conference Quarterfinals. The Steelheads were 5-6-1 against Las Vegas in the regular season, including a 3-1-1 road record. Jacob Cepis, who scored two goals in the Game 5 win over Ontario, led Idaho against the Wranglers with seven points (4-3a). In goal, Jerry Kuhn appeared in nine games of the season series, posting a record of 3-5-1 with a 3.12 goals-against average and a save percentage of .926.

Game 1 – Monday, April 16 at 7:05 p.m. PT at Las Vegas
Game 2 – Tuesday, April 17 at 7:05 p.m. PT at Las Vegas
Game 3 – Thursday, April 19 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho
Game 4 – Saturday, April 21 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho
Game 5 – Sunday, April 22 at 7:10 p.m. MT at Idaho (If Necessary)
Game 6 – Tuesday, April 24 at 7:05 p.m. PT at Las Vegas (If Necessary)
Game 7 – Wednesday, April 25 at 7:05 p.m. PT at Las Vegas (If Necessary)

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