This doesn’t figure to impact the Reign directly; they’ve got a decent cushion at the top of the Pacific, but here it is. The Kelly Cup, just FYI, is the ECHL’s version of the Stanley Cup (except Mr. Kelly is still alive!)
PRINCETON, N.J. – The ECHL announced that the Board of Governors approved a revision to the Kelly Cup Playoffs format for the National Conference and the South Division in the American Conference at its Mid-Season Meeting in Reading, Pa. on Wednesday.
If the fifth-place team in the West Division has a greater winning percentage than the fourth-place team in the Pacific Division then the fifth-place team in the West Division will become the fourth seed in the Pacific Division.
It was also announced that the Kelly Cup Playoff participants in the South Division will be determined by winning percentage instead of points.
The tiebreaker for the National Conference and the South Division if two teams tie will be: 1. Points, head-to-head; 2. Wins, head-to-head; 3. Goal Differential, head-to-head; 4. Coin Toss.
The tiebreaker for the National Conference and the South Division if three teams are tied will be: 1. Winning percentage, games between the teams; 2. Goal differential, games between the teams; 3. Winning percentage, division; 4. Winning percentage, conference; 5. Coin toss. When two teams remain after the third or other teams are eliminated during any step above, the tiebreaker reverts to Step 1 of the two-team format.
The Kelly Cup Playoff participants in the North Division will still be determined by points and there were not any changes made to the tiebreaker for the North Division.
The Division Semifinals will have the first seed meeting the fourth seed and the second seed meeting the third seed in a best-of-seven series.
The winners of the Division Semifinals will advance to the Division Finals which is a best-of-seven series.
The winner of the American Conference and the winner of the National Conference will meet in the Kelly Cup Finals, a best-of-seven game series.
Home-ice advantage will be determined by regular season winning percentage.