Idaho clinches home-ice advantage.

The Idaho Steelheads clinched their first-ever Brabham
Cup championship on Friday by virtue of Kalamazoo’s overtime loss against

The Brabham Cup is the trophy awarded annually to the ECHL team that
finishes with the most points in the regular season. The recipient is
guaranteed home-ice advantage throughout its participation in the Kelly

The Steelheads are 46-16-5 and lead the ECHL with 97 points. Idaho has
secured a first-round bye in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, and will meet the
winner of the fourth-place and fifth-place matchup in the National
Conference Semifinals.

Should the Reign hook up with the Steelheads in the playoffs, it’s worth noting that the Reign won two of three games in their only Boise road trip this season.

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About J.P. Hoornstra

J.P. Hoornstra covers the Dodgers, Angels and Major League Baseball for the Orange County Register, Los Angeles Daily News, Long Beach Press-Telegram, Torrance Daily Breeze, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Pasadena Star-News, San Bernardino Sun, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Whittier Daily News and Redlands Daily Facts. Before taking the beat in 2012, J.P. covered the NHL for four years. UCLA gave him a degree once upon a time; when he graduated on schedule, he missed getting Arnold Schwarzenegger's autograph on his diploma by five months.