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Losing Bulls won’t alter ECHL playoffs rules

I reached out to the ECHL to find out how the playoff format has changed with the San Francisco Bulls folding Monday.

The answer: It isn’t.

The top eight teams in both conferences will qualify.

In the Western Conference that means all teams will qualify.

I thought this might be a chance to have a crossover rule – the ninth best team from the East would qualify if it had a better record than the eighth team in the West – but I guess because the format was voted on before the season they couldn’t/wouldn’t change it.

Bad news for the Komets, who are in 10th place in their conference heading into tonight’s game at Wheeling, W.Va.

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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