The quarterfinals are set and the push for the Kelly Cup gets underway this Thursday, April 17th.
I have had a couple emails asking me for my prediction on who is going to take home this prestigious cup. While I want to say the Fort Wayne Komets (Yes, they made it), I really don’t think that they will win it.
— ECHL (@ECHL) April 14, 2014
For the Eastern Conference, I still believe that the Komets have a chance. The new goalie (Yes, it’s their ninth goalie this season!) is AMAZING! With Summerhayes and Mesiner in goal, I think it will be close. However, I believe that they are most likely to be eliminated from contention in the first round. They are taking on No. 1 seeded Reading Royals. The Royals won 46 games, while the Komets only won 36. The Komets could be the underdog though (I hope).
For the Western conference, I believe it will be the Alaska Aces that take the conference and then take on the winner of the Eastern Division. The Aces took home the Brabham Cup, which is awarded to the team with most points in a season. Alaska has won 45 games and only lost 19. They take on the Wranglers in the first round, in which they will most likely eliminate them.
Eastern Conference Quarterfinals with my predictions
Reading vs. Fort Wayne (Reading over Fort Wayne)
Orlando vs. Cincinnati (Cincinnati over Orlando)
South Carolina vs. Wheeling (South Carolina over Wheeling)
Kalamazoo vs. Greenville (Kalamazoo over Greenville)
Western Conference Quarterfinals with my predictions
Alaska vs. Las Vegas (Alaska over Las Vegas)
Idaho vs. Colorado (Idaho over Colorado)
Utah vs. Bakersfield (Bakersfield over Utah)
Ontario vs. Stockton (Ontario over Stockton)
My Kelly Cup Prediction: Alaska Aces OR Fort Wayne Komets (You know I have to!)