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This past week the Missouri Mavericks captured the title of the Brabham Cup Champion, awarded to the ECHL team who finishes with the most points in the regular season. The Mavericks are now guaranteed home-ice advantage throughout their participation in the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

The Western Conference teams had two moves this week: Utah and Cincinnati swapped 5th and 6th, and Rapid City and Evansville swapped 11th and 12th. The Quad City Mallards gained 3 points on the Tulsa Oilers widening the gap between 8th and 9th position however Tulsa still has a game in hand over Quad City. Both the Alaska Aces and the Wichita Thunder have been knocked out of the playoffs.

The Eastern Conference’s Toledo Walleye, South Carolina Stingrays, Manchester Monarchs and the Florida Everblades have all clinched playoff positions this week. The Wheeling Nailers continue their move up and are now in 6th this week, and Kalamazoo jumps up into 10th position bumping Atlanta and Greenville down. The Brampton Beast have now been eliminated from the playoffs and Norfolk is very close to elimination.

Explanation for each team’s Maximum Points and their Pace Points:

Pace is the team’s point percentage over 72 games. For example, in the case of Wichita, 33.3% of 144 (max points) is 48.

Mathematical cutoff is when the maximum points of the 9th through 16th ranked teams fall below the actual points of the 8th ranked team. To use Wichita again as an example — once the 8th place team earned 57 points Wichita was eliminated since their maximum possible points were 56. Wichita, Brampton and Alaska have now been eliminated, and Rapid City, Evansville, Indy Fuel and Norfolk are very close to elimination.

Mar 28 2016 Western Conference

Mar 28 2016 Eastern Conference

x = Clinched Playoff Position
y = Clinched Division
z = Regular Season Champion – Missouri Mavericks
* = Division Leader

According to the ECHL 2016 Playoff format the Division winners are seeded 1, 2 and 3 (noted with * above) and the next five highest point totals in the Western conference will qualify for the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

We will revisit the ECHL Conference Playoff Race weekly and update teams Pace and Maximum points.

Note: Points based on standings as of noon, 28 March 2016. Thanks to Eric Rodgers for his Division formulas and explanations.