The Kelly Cup playoffs are coming to the Cow Palace in the San Francisco Bulls’ inaugural season as an ECHL franchise.
The Bulls (24-35-7) clinched a playoff spot on Tuesday when the ninth-place Bakersfield Condors lost to the Las Vegas Wranglers in regulation.
With six games to play, the Bulls are eighth in the Western Conference, nine points behind the seventh-place Utah Grizzlies. If the playoffs started today, the Bulls would face the top-ranked Alaka Aces in the tournament’s opening round.
The Bulls will look to improve their seeding when they faceoff against the Stockton Thunder at the Cow Palace on Friday and Saturday.
For now, the Bulls will be without their top two scorers, Peter Sivak and Dean Ouellet. Both players were called up to the AHL on Wednesday.
The Bulls loaned Sivak (33 goals, 56 points) to the AHL Worcester Sharks and Ouellet (24 goals, 52 points) was called up by the Montreal Canadiens-affiliated Hamilton Bulldogs.