The 2010 Kelly Cup Playoffs of the ECHL began April 5, 2010. 15 teams qualified, eight from the American Conference and seven from the National Conference. In the American conference, the winners of each of the three divisions plus the five teams with the highest point totals from the teams remaining qualified. Due to the National Conference's membership being limited to only eight teams, the two division winners and the five teams with the highest point totals from the teams remaining qualified, with the division winner with the highest point total receiving a bye to the conference semifinals.[1]

The conference quarterfinals will be a 2-3 format with the higher seed choosing if it wishes to host Games 1-2 or Games 3-5. Teams that are less than 350 miles apart may choose to play a 2-2-1 format.[1]

The remaining rounds will be best-of-seven game series.[1]

Due to a scheduling conflict with their home arena, the Alaska Aces were forced to play their home games in the National Conference quarterfinals against the Stockton Thunder at the Curtis D. Menard Memorial Sports Center in nearby Wasilla.[2]

Playoff seeds[edit | edit source]

After the regular season, 15 teams qualified for the playoffs. The Idaho Steelheads were the National Conference regular season champions and the Brabham Cup winners with the best record at 103 points. The Charlotte Checkers earned the top seed in the American Conference after winning a tiebreaker with the Kalamazoo Wings and South Carolina Stingrays after each of the three teams finished the season with 94 points each.

American Conference[edit | edit source]

  1. Charlotte Checkers – South Division and American Conference regular season champions, 94 points (43 wins - South Division)
  2. Kalamazoo Wings – North Division champions, 94 points (42 wins)
  3. Elmira Jackals – East Division champions, 83 points
  4. South Carolina Stingrays – 94 points (41 wins - South Division)
  5. Cincinnati Cyclones – 91 points
  6. Florida Everblades – 85 points
  7. Reading Royals – 80 points
  8. Toledo Walleye – 77 points
  • NOTE: Tie-Breakers:
    • South Division - Charlotte defeats South Carolina on wins (43 wins to 41 wins)
    • Conference Seeding - Charlotte defeats Kalamazoo on wins (43 wins to 42 wins)

National Conference[edit | edit source]

  1. Idaho Steelheads – West Division and National Conference regular season champions; Brabham Cup winners, 103 points
  2. Bakersfield Condors – Pacific Division champions, 81 points
  3. Alaska Aces – 80 points
  4. Utah Grizzlies – 77 points
  5. Las Vegas Wranglers – 76 points (34 wins)
  6. Stockton Thunder – 76 points (33 wins)
  7. Victoria Salmon Kings – 74 points

Playoff bracket[edit | edit source]

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Kelly Cup Finals
                                     
  1  Idaho 4  
 
  4  Utah 0  
4  Utah 3  
5  Las Vegas 2  
  1  Idaho 4  
National Conference
  6  Stockton 2  
2  Bakersfield 3  
7  Victoria 2  
  2  Bakersfield 1
 
  6  Stockton 4  
3  Alaska 1
6  Stockton 3  
  1  Idaho 1
  5  Cincinnati 4
1  Charlotte 3  
8  Toledo 1  
  1  Charlotte 3
 
  5  Cincinnati 4  
4  South Carolina 2
5  Cincinnati 3  
  5  Cincinnati 4
American Conference
  7  Reading 3  
2  Kalamazoo 2  
7  Reading 3  
  7  Reading 4
 
  6  Florida 0  
3  Elmira 2
6  Florida 3  

Conference Quarterfinals[edit | edit source]

Note: Home team is listed first.

American Conference[edit | edit source]

(1) Charlotte Checkers vs. (8) Toledo Walleye[edit | edit source]

Charlotte wins series 3–1


(2) Kalamazoo Wings vs. (7) Reading Royals[edit | edit source]

Reading wins series 3–2


(3) Elmira Jackals vs. (6) Florida Everblades[edit | edit source]

Florida wins series 3–2


(4) South Carolina Stingrays vs. (5) Cincinnati Cyclones[edit | edit source]

Cincinnati wins series 3–2


National Conference[edit | edit source]

(2) Bakersfield Condors vs. (7) Victoria Salmon Kings[edit | edit source]

Bakersfield wins series 3–2


(3) Alaska Aces vs. (6) Stockton Thunder[edit | edit source]

Stockton wins series 3–1


(4) Utah Grizzlies vs. (5) Las Vegas Wranglers[edit | edit source]

Utah wins series 3–2


Conference semifinals[edit | edit source]

Note: Home team is listed first.

American Conference[edit | edit source]

(1) Charlotte Checkers vs. (5) Cincinnati Cyclones[edit | edit source]

Cincinnati wins series 4–3


(6) Florida Everblades vs. (7) Reading Royals[edit | edit source]

Reading wins series 4–0


National Conference[edit | edit source]

(1) Idaho Steelheads vs. (4) Utah Grizzlies[edit | edit source]

Idaho wins series 4–0


(2) Bakersfield Condors vs. (6) Stockton Thunder[edit | edit source]

Stockton wins series 4–1


Conference Finals[edit | edit source]

American Conference finals: (5) Cincinnati Cyclones vs. (7) Reading Royals[edit | edit source]

Cincinnati wins series 4-3


National Conference finals: (1) Idaho Steelheads vs. (6) Stockton Thunder[edit | edit source]

Idaho wins series 4–2


Kelly Cup Finals[edit | edit source]

(1) Idaho Steelheads vs (5) Cincinnati Cyclones[edit | edit source]

Cincinnati wins Kelly Cup 4–1


Statistical leaders[edit | edit source]

Skaters[edit | edit source]

These are the top ten skaters based on points.

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Milan Gajic Florida Everblades 9 7 9 16 6 0
Ryan Cruthers Reading Royals 9 6 10 16 9 4
James Sixsmith Utah Grizzlies 8 2 10 12 6 8
Olivier Labelle Reading Royals 9 7 4 11 7 14
Oren Eizenman Stockton Thunder 6 2 9 11 5 0
Ben Gordon Reading Royals 9 2 8 10 6 4
Ryan Kinasewich Utah Grizzlies 8 6 3 9 0 8
Marc Cavosie Reading Royals 9 5 4 9 1 4
Bryan Miller Alaska Aces 4 3 6 9 -2 0
Matthew Pistilli Florida Everblades 8 3 6 9 1 2

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes; Yellow shade = team still in playoffs

All statistics as of: 04:04, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

These are the top five goaltenders based on both goals against average and save percentage with at least one game played (Note: list is sorted by goals against average).

Player Team GP W L SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
Richard Bachman Idaho Steelheads 3 3 0 87 6 2.00 .931 0 180
Jeremy Smith Cincinnati Cyclones 7 4 3 458 17 2.23 .919 1 458
Riley Gill Kalamazoo Wings 4 1 2 135 8 2.26 .941 0 212
Todd Ford South Carolina Stingrays 5 2 3 134 13 2.30 .903 0 339
Timo Pielmeier Bakersfield Condors 3 1 2 97 8 2.55 .918 0 189

GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; SA = Shots against; GA = Goals against; GAA = Goals against average; SV% = Save percentage; SO = Shutouts; TOI = Time on ice (in minutes); Yellow shade = team still in playoffs

All statistics as of: 04:04, 21 April 2010 (UTC)

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Press Release (June 29, 2009). Annual ECHL Board of Governors Meeting Concludes. ECHL.
  2. Woody, Doyle (March 11, 2010). Schedule conflict puts Aces in Wasilla. Anchorage Daily News.

See also[edit | edit source]

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