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The 2018 Kelly Cup playoffs of the ECHL began in April 2018 following the conclusion of the 2017–18 ECHL regular season. The Kelly Cup was won by the Colorado Eagles, in their last season in the ECHL before joining the American Hockey League, in seven games over the regular season champions, the Florida Everblades.

Playoff formatEdit

At the end of the regular season the top four teams in each division qualifies for the 2018 Kelly Cup playoffs and be seeded one through four based on highest point total earned in the season. Then 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. The Florida Everblades were the first team to qualify during the regular season on February 28.[2] The Everblades were the Eastern Conference regular season champions and clinched the Brabham Cup with the best record in the ECHL on April 5. The Toledo Walleye earned the top seed in the Western Conference.

Final seeds[3]

Eastern Conference Edit

North DivisionEdit

  1. Adirondack Thunder – Division champions, 89 pts
  2. Manchester Monarchs – 88 pts
  3. Reading Royals – 87 pts
  4. Worcester Railers – 82 pts

South DivisionEdit

  1. Florida EverbladesBrabham Cup winners, division champions, 112 pts
  2. South Carolina Stingrays – 104 pts
  3. Orlando Solar Bears – 75 pts
  4. Atlanta Gladiators – 69 pts

Western ConferenceEdit

Central DivisionEdit

  1. Toledo Walleye – Division champions, 105 pts
  2. Fort Wayne Komets – 98 pts
  3. Cincinnati Cyclones – 81 pts
  4. Indy Fuel – 78 pts

Mountain DivisionEdit

  1. Colorado Eagles – Division champions, 102 pts
  2. Idaho Steelheads – 96 pts
  3. Allen Americans – 78 pts
  4. Wichita Thunder – 76 pts

Playoff bracketEdit

  Division Semifinals Division Finals Conference Finals Kelly Cup Finals
                                     
N1  Adirondack Thunder 4  
N4  Worcester Railers 2  
  N1  Adirondack 4  
  N2  Manchester 2  
N2  Manchester Monarchs 4
N3  Reading Royals 0  
  N1  Adirondack 1  
Eastern Conference
  S1  Florida 4  
S1  Florida Everblades 4  
S4  Atlanta Gladiators 0  
  S1  Florida 4
  S3  Orlando 1  
S2  South Carolina Stingrays 0
S3  Orlando Solar Bears 4  
  S1  Florida 3
  M1  Colorado 4
C1  Toledo Walleye 4  
C4  Indy Fuel 0  
  C1  Toledo 2
  C2  Fort Wayne 4  
C2  Fort Wayne Komets 4
C3  Cincinnati Cyclones 1  
  C2  Fort Wayne 3
Western Conference
  M1  Colorado 4  
M1  Colorado Eagles 4  
M4  Wichita Thunder 2  
  M1  Colorado 4
  M2  Idaho 0  
M2  Idaho Steelheads 4
M3  Allen Americans 3  


Division semifinals Edit

North Division Edit

(1) Adirondack Thunder vs. (4) Worcester Railers Edit

Adirondack won series 4–2


(2) Manchester Monarchs vs. (3) Reading Royals Edit

Manchester won series 4–0


South Division Edit

(1) Florida Everblades vs. (4) Atlanta Gladiators Edit

Florida won series 4–0


(2) South Carolina Stingrays vs. (3) Orlando Solar Bears Edit

Orlando won series 4–0


Central Division Edit

(1) Toledo Walleye vs. (4) Indy Fuel Edit

Toledo won series 4–0


(2) Fort Wayne Komets vs. (3) Cincinnati Cyclones Edit

Fort Wayne won series 4–1


Mountain DivisionEdit

(1) Colorado Eagles vs. (4) Wichita ThunderEdit

Colorado won series 4–2


(2) Idaho Steelheads vs. (3) Allen AmericansEdit

Idaho won series 4–3


Division finals Edit

North Division Edit

(N1) Adirondack Thunder vs. (N2) Manchester Monarchs Edit

Adirondack won series 4–2


South DivisionEdit

(S1) Florida Everblades vs. (S3) Orlando Solar BearsEdit

Florida won series 4–1


Central Division Edit

(C1) Toledo Walleye vs. (C2) Fort Wayne Komets Edit

Fort Wayne won series 4–2


Mountain DivisionEdit

(M1) Colorado Eagles vs. (M2) Idaho Steelheads Edit

Colorado won series 4–0


Conference finalsEdit

Eastern ConferenceEdit

(S1) Florida Everblades vs. (N1) Adirondack Thunder Edit

Florida won series 4–1


Western Conference Edit

(M1) Colorado Eagles vs. (C2) Fort Wayne Komets Edit

Colorado won series 4–3


Kelly Cup finals Edit

(S1) Florida Everblades vs. (M1) Colorado Eagles Edit

Colorado won series 4–3


Statistical leadersEdit

SkatersEdit

These are the top ten skaters based on points.[4]

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Michael Joly Colorado Eagles 24 13 16 29 +11 16
Michael Kirkpatrick Florida Everblades 18 11 11 22 +5 12
Mitchell Heard Florida Everblades 20 9 13 22 +4 39
John McCarron Florida Everblades 21 10 10 20 +3 62
Gabriel Desjardins Fort Wayne Komets 18 9 11 20 +13 12
Matt Register Colorado Eagles 24 3 17 20 +4 16
J.C. Beaudin Colorado Eagles 22 10 8 18 +0 6
Ryan Schmelzer Adirondack Thunder 17 9 8 17 +9 24
Shawn Szydlowski Fort Wayne Komets 17 4 13 17 +0 16
Garrett Thompson Fort Wayne Komets 18 7 9 16 +5 16

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.[5]

Player Team GP W L OTL SA GA GAA SV% SO TOI
Mackenzie Blackwood Adirondack Thunder 5 3 1 0 112 4 1.00 0.964 1 240
Parker Milner South Carolina Stingrays 4 0 2 2 95 7 1.54 0.926 0 273
Cal Heeter Orlando Solar Bears 8 4 3 0 255 14 1.90 0.945 1 443
Philippe Desrosiers Idaho Steelheads 10 4 3 2 290 19 2.00 0.934 0 571
John Muse Reading Royals 4 0 1 3 200 11 2.02 0.945 0 328
Drew Fielding Adirondack Thunder 10 5 5 0 360 25 2.35 0.931 1 639

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

External linksEdit

Preceded by
2017 Kelly Cup playoffs
Kelly Cup Playoffs
2018
Succeeded by
2019 Kelly Cup playoffs


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