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The 2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs of the ECHL started on April 4, 2011 following the end of the 2010–11 ECHL regular season.[1] The playoff format remains unchanged from that of the 2010 postseason, with the exception of the changed conference names. 15 teams will qualify for the playoffs, being the top seven teams from the Western Conference and the top eight teams from the Eastern Conference.[2]

Playoff formatEdit

In the Eastern Conference, postseason berths will be awarded to the first-place team in each division and the next five teams in the conference, based on points. The division winners will be seeded first, second and third and will play the eighth-place finisher, the seventh-place finisher and the sixth-place finisher, respectively, while the fourth-place finisher and the fifth-place finisher will meet. The conference semifinals will have the winner of the first-place and eighth-place matchup will meet the winner of the fourth-place and fifth-place game while the winner of the second-place and seventh-place game will face the winner of the third-place and sixth-place matchup.

In the Western Conference, postseason berths will be awarded to the first-place team in each division and the next five teams in the conference, based on points. The division winner with the best record in the conference will receive a bye in the first round. The other division winner will be seeded second and meet the team that finishes seventh in the conference in the first round. The other first round matchups will be the third-place finisher in the conference against the sixth-place finisher in the conference and the fourth-place finisher in the conference against the fifth-place finisher in the conference. The conference semifinals will have the first-place finisher meeting the winner of the fourth-place and fifth-place matchup and the winner of the second-place finisher and seventh-place finisher against the winner of the third-place finisher against the sixth-place finisher.

The first round in each Conference will be a best of five series with each subsequent round being a best of seven series.[2]

Playoff seedsEdit

After the regular season, 15 teams qualified for the playoffs. The Alaska Aces were the Western Conference regular season champions and the Brabham Cup winners with the best record at 97 points.[3] The Greenville Road Warriors earned the top seed in the Eastern Conference and finished the season with 96 points.

Eastern ConferenceEdit

  1. Greenville Road Warriors - South Division and Eastern Conference champions, 96 points.
  2. Reading Royals - Atlantic Division champions, 93 points.
  3. Kalamazoo Wings - North Division champions, 88 points.
  4. Wheeling Nailers - 81 points.
  5. South Carolina Stingrays - 80 points.
  6. Florida Everblades - 79 points.
  7. Cincinnati Cyclones - 76 points.
  8. Elmira Jackals - 74 points.

Western ConferenceEdit

  1. Alaska Aces - Western Conference and Mountain Division champions, Brabham Cup winner, 97 points.
  2. Bakersfield Condors - Pacific Division champions, 86 points.
  3. Stockton Thunder - 86 points.
  4. Las Vegas Wranglers - 81 points.
  5. Idaho Steelheads - 77 points.
  6. Utah Grizzlies - 73 points.
  7. Victoria Salmon Kings - 68 points.

Playoff bracketEdit

  Conference Quarterfinals Conference Semifinals Conference Finals Kelly Cup Finals
                                     
  1  Alaska 4  
 
  5  Idaho 0  
4  Las Vegas 2  
5  Idaho 3  
  1  Alaska 4  
Western Conference
  7  Victoria 0  
2  Bakersfield 1  
7  Victoria 3  
  7  Victoria 4
 
  6  Utah 0  
3  Stockton 1
6  Utah 3  
  1  Alaska 4
  3  Kalamazoo 1
1  Greenville 3  
8  Elmira 1  
  1  Greenville 3
 
  4  Wheeling 4  
4  Wheeling 3
5  South Carolina 1  
  4  Wheeling 2
Eastern Conference
  3  Kalamazoo 4  
2  Reading 3  
7  Cincinnati 1  
  2  Reading 0
 
  3  Kalamazoo 4  
3  Kalamazoo 3
6  Florida 1  


Conference Quarterfinals Edit

Note: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference Edit

(1) Greenville Road Warriors vs. (8) Elmira Jackals Edit

Greenville wins series 3–1


(2) Reading Royals vs. (7) Cincinnati Cyclones Edit

Reading wins series 3–1


(3) Kalamazoo Wings vs. (6) Florida Everblades Edit

Kalamazoo wins series 3–1


(4) Wheeling Nailers vs. (5) South Carolina Stingrays Edit

Wheeling wins series 3–1


Western Conference Edit

(2) Bakersfield Condors vs. (7) Victoria Salmon Kings Edit

Victoria wins series 3–1


(3) Stockton Thunder vs. (6) Utah Grizzlies Edit

Utah wins series 3–1


(4) Las Vegas Wranglers vs. (5) Idaho Steelheads Edit

Idaho wins series 3–2


Conference Semifinals Edit

Note: Home team is listed first.

Eastern Conference Edit

(1) Greenville Road Warriors vs. (4) Wheeling Nailers Edit

Wheeling wins series 4–3


(2) Reading Royals vs. (3) Kalamazoo Wings Edit

Kalamazoo wins series 4–0


Western Conference Edit

(1) Alaska Aces vs. (5) Idaho Steelheads Edit

Alaska wins series 4–0


(6) Utah Grizzlies vs. (7) Victoria Salmon Kings Edit

Victoria wins series 4–0


Conference FinalsEdit

Eastern ConfernceEdit

(3) Kalamazoo Wings vs. (4) Wheeling Nailers Edit

Kalamazoo wins series 4–2


Western Conference Edit

(1) Alaska Aces vs. (7) Victoria Salmon Kings Edit

Alaska wins series 4–0

Kelly Cup Finals Edit

(1) Alaska Aces vs. (3) Kalamazoo Wings Edit

Alaska wins Kelly Cup 4-1


Statistical leadersEdit

SkatersEdit

These are the top ten skaters based on points.

Player Team GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Trent Daavettila Kalamazoo Wings 18 6 22 28 7 8
Sam Ftorek Kalamazoo Wings 19 7 14 21 0 10
Andrew Fournier Kalamazoo Wings 19 6 14 20 6 8
Scott Howes Alaska Aces 12 7 12 19 11 6
Aaron Clarke Kalamazoo Wings 19 6 10 16 -1 10
Kory Karlander Kalamazoo Wings 19 7 8 15 3 16
Paul Crowder Wheeling Nailers 17 4 11 15 0 16
Justin Taylor Kalamazoo Wings 19 9 5 14 -1 18
Dean Strong Kalamazoo Wings 15 7 7 14 -2 8
Joey Haddad Wheeling Nailers 17 7 7 14 -5 38

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

All statistics as of: 18:47, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

GoaltendingEdit

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
Michael Ouzas Las Vegas Wranglers 5 2 3 153 8 1.25 .948 1 384
Chris Beckford-Tseu Greenville Road Warriors 4 2 2 87 7 1.59 .920 1 264
Gerald Coleman Alaska Aces 12 11 1 338 21 1.73 .938 3 729
Jerry Kuhn Idaho Steelheads 9 3 6 300 19 1.83 .937 0 624
Marco Cousineau Elmira Jackals 4 1 3 129 8 1.91 .938 0 251

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: 18:47, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

References Edit

  1. Press release (April 4, 2011). "2011 Kelly Cup Playoffs - Conference Quarterfinal Preview". ECHL. Retrieved April 5, 2011.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Press release (October 12, 2009). 2010 ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs format. ECHL. Retrieved on April 5, 2011.
  3. Press release (April 3, 2011). Alaska wins Brabham Cup. ECHL. Retrieved on April 5, 2011.

See also Edit

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