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The 2017 Kelly Cup Playoffs of the ECHL began on April 12, 2017, following the conclusion of the 2016–17 ECHL regular season.

Playoff formatEdit

At the end of the regular season the top four teams in each division qualify for the playoffs and are seeded one through four based on highest point total earned in the season. The first two rounds of the playoffs are held within the division with the first seed facing the fourth seed and the second seed facing the third. The division champions then play each other in a conference championship. The Kelly Cup finals pits the Eastern Conference champion against the Western Conference champion. All four rounds are a best-of-seven format.[1]

Playoff seedsEdit

After the regular season, 16 teams qualify for the playoffs. On March 4, the Toledo Walleye were the first team to qualify during the regular season and on April 8 they clinched the Brabham Cup with the best record in the ECHL.

Eastern Conference Edit

North DivisionEdit

  1. Adirondack Thunder – North Division champions, 93 pts
  2. Reading Royals – 88 pts
  3. Brampton Beast – 88 pts
  4. Manchester Monarchs – 85 pts

South DivisionEdit

  1. Florida Everblades – South Division champions, 97 pts
  2. Greenville Swamp Rabbits – 86 pts
  3. South Carolina Stingrays – 84 pts
  4. Orlando Solar Bears – 82 pts

Western ConferenceEdit

Central DivisionEdit

  1. Toledo Walleye – Central Division champions, Brabham Cup winners, 106 pts
  2. Fort Wayne Komets – 98 pts
  3. Quad City Mallards – 84 pts
  4. Kalamazoo Wings – 80 pts

Mountain DivisionEdit

  1. Allen Americans – Mountain Division champions, 104 pts
  2. Colorado Eagles – 99 pts
  3. Idaho Steelheads – 91 pts
  4. Utah Grizzlies– 79 pts

Playoff bracketsEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Kelly Cup Finals
                                     
N1  Adirondack Thunder 2  
N4  Manchester Monarchs 4  
  N4  Manchester 4  
  N3  Brampton 2  
N2  Reading Royals 2
N3  Brampton Beast 4  
  N4  Manchester 3  
Eastern Conference
  S3  South Carolina 4  
S1  Florida Everblades 4  
S4  Orlando Solar Bears 3  
  S1  Florida 1
  S3  South Carolina 4  
S2  Greenville Swamp Rabbits 2
S3  South Carolina Stingrays 4  
  S3  South Carolina 0
  M2  Colorado 4
C1  Toledo Walleye 4  
C4  Kalamazoo Wings 3  
  C1  Toledo 4
  C2  Fort Wayne 1  
C2  Fort Wayne Komets 4
C3  Quad City Mallards 1  
  C1  Toledo 1
Western Conference
  M2  Colorado 4  
M1  Allen Americans 4  
M4  Utah Grizzlies 1  
  M1  Allen 2
  M2  Colorado 4  
M2  Colorado Eagles 4
M3  Idaho Steelheads 1  


Division semifinals Edit

Home team is listed first.

North Division Edit

(1) Adirondack Thunder vs. (4) Manchester Monarchs Edit

Because of the unavailability of the SNHU Arena during most of the first round, Adirondack were scheduled to host five of the seven games; this resulted in a 2–5 schedule where the lower seeded team hosted the first two games.[2]

Manchester won series 4–2


(2) Reading Royals vs. (3) Brampton Beast Edit

Brampton won series 4–2


South Division Edit

(1) Florida Everblades vs. (4) Orlando Solar Bears Edit

Florida won series 4–3


(2) Greenville Swamp Rabbits vs. (3) South Carolina Stingrays Edit

The two teams and the ECHL agreed on a 2-2-1-1-1 schedule due to the close proximity.

South Carolina won series 4–2


Central Division Edit

(1) Toledo Walleye vs. (4) Kalamazoo Wings Edit

The two teams and the ECHL agreed on a 2-2-1-1-1 schedule due to the close proximity.

Toledo won series 4–3


(2) Fort Wayne Komets vs. (3) Quad City Mallards Edit

Fort Wayne won series 4–1


Mountain Division Edit

(1) Allen American vs. (4) Utah Grizzlies Edit

Allen won series 4–1


(2) Colorado Eagles vs. (3) Idaho Steelheads Edit

Colorado won series 4–1


Division finals Edit

Home team is listed first.

North Division Edit

(3) Brampton Beast vs. (4) Manchester Monarchs Edit

Manchester won series 4–2


South DivisionEdit

(1) Florida Everblades vs. (3) South Carolina Stingrays Edit

South Carolina won series 4–1


Central DivisionEdit

(1) Toledo Walleye vs. (2) Fort Wayne Komets Edit

Toledo won series 4–1


Mountain Division Edit

(1) Allen Americans vs. (2) Colorado Eagles Edit

Colorado won series 4–2


Conference finalsEdit

Home team is listed first.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

(N4) Manchester Monarchs vs. (S3) South Carolina Stingrays Edit

South Carolina won series 4–3


Western Conference Edit

(C1) Toledo Walleye vs. (M2) Colorado Eagles Edit

Colorado won series 4–1


Kelly Cup finals Edit

Home team is listed first.

(Mountain #2) Colorado Eagles vs. (South #3) South Carolina Stingrays Edit

Colorado won series 4–0


Statistical leadersEdit

SkatersEdit

These are the top ten skaters based on points.[3]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Alex Belzile Colorado Eagles 18 14 12 26 +12 38
Matt Register Colorado Eagles 20 8 16 23 +9 18
Rob Flick South Carolina Stingrays 22 11 11 22 +5 51
Matt Leitner Manchester Monarchs 19 8 14 22 +13 12
Kyle Bonis Toledo Walleye 17 10 8 18 -2 2
Tyson Spink Toledo Walleye 17 7 11 18 0 12
Domenic Monardo South Carolina Stingrays 22 6 12 18 +7 41
Jake Marto Colorado Eagles 20 5 13 18 +7 6
Olivier Archambault South Carolina Stingrays 22 7 10 17 +2 28
Kelly Zajac South Carolina Stingrays 22 6 11 17 0 2

GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; +/– = Plus/minus; PIM = Penalty minutes

GoaltendingEdit

This is a combined table of the top five goaltenders based on goals against average and the top five goaltenders based on save percentage, with at least 240 minutes played. The table is sorted by GAA, and the criteria for inclusion are bolded.[4]

Player Team GP W L OTL SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
Mark Dekanich Reading Royals 6 2 2 2 239 11 1.62 0.954 0 406
Alex Nedeljkovic Florida Everblades 7 1 4 1 186 13 1.92 0.930 0 406
Zachary Fucale Brampton Beast 11 6 5 0 365 25 2.13 0.932 0 704
Ryan Massa Orlando Solar Bears 4 3 0 1 153 9 2.14 0.941 0 252
Parker Milner South Carolina Stingrays 22 12 8 2 665 54 2.30 0.919 3 1409
Sam Brittain Manchester Monarchs 19 11 7 1 584 44 2.33 0.925 1 1132

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

See also Edit

References Edit

  1. ECHL Announces Conference and Divisional Alignment for 2016–17 Season. OurSports Central (July 11, 2016).
  2. "Slap shots: Thunder have odd schedule", (Glen Falls, NY) The Post-Star, 2017-04-11. Retrieved on 2017-04-25. 
  3. Skater Statistics. ECHL.
  4. Goaltender Statistics. ECHL.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
2016 Kelly Cup playoffs
Kelly Cup Playoffs
2017
Succeeded by
2018 Kelly Cup playoffs
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