The Atlanta Gladiators now know who their opponent will be in the first round of the 2018 Kelly Cup playoffs in the ECHL. The Gladiators will be playing the Florida Everblades in the South Division semi-finals.
The Everblades clinched first place in the ECHL's South Division with a 4-3 overtime win over the South Carolina Stingrays on Tuesday. Brett Bulmer scored the overtime winner at 4:05 of the extra frame.
With the win, the Everblades reached 106 points and cannot be caught by the Stingrays, who are in second place in the South Division with 98 points. The Stingrays and Everblades have three regular season games left on their schedule, and the maximum number of points the Stingrays could have would be 104 points.
There is no question the Gladiators will have their work cut out for them as the Everblades are the top team in the entire ECHL. They currently have three more points than the second place Toledo Walleye, who lead the Central Division with 103 points.
The Gladiators have two more regular season games at home at the Infinite Energy Arena. They play host to the Orlando Solar Bears on April 6 (tickets) and the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on April 7 (tickets).
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