Trenton and Louisiana have picked up where they left off and enter the third week of play sitting atop the Northern Conference and the Southern Conference, respectively.
Louisiana has the highest winning percentage in East Coast Hockey League history with .677 (315-138-45) while Trenton ranks second in all-time winning percentage with .670 (138-63-19).
The Titans extended their winning streak to four games with a perfect 3-0 record last week, improving to 5-0-1 with a league-leading 11 points. Trenton finished the 2001-02 season with 102 points making it the first team in league history to amass 100 points in more than one season. The Titans won the Brabham Cup, awarded to the ECHL regular-season point champion, in 2000-01 with 104 points.
Scott Bertoli has scored a point in each of Trenton’s six games and has a three-game goal-scoring streak (three goals) and a five-game assist streak (six assists). Bertoli is tied for the league scoring lead with 11 points (5g-6a) in six games.
The Titans are on the road for back-to-back Northeast Division games this weekend, visiting Atlantic City on Friday and Reading on Saturday. Trenton went 6-3-1 in the regular season against Atlantic City in 2001-02, but was swept by the Boardwalk Bullies in the 2002 Kelly Cup Playoffs Northeast Division Finals. The Titans are 3-0-0 in 2002-03 and 11-1-1 all-time against Reading. Atlantic City is 4-0-0 and sits in second place in the Northeast Division with eight points. The Boardwalk Bullies, who lead the league allowing only 1.75 goals per game, will host Reading on Wednesday before welcoming the Titans on Friday.
Louisiana went 3-0 last week improving to 4-0-0 which ties its team record for consecutive wins to open the season. The league record for consecutive wins to open the season is eight games set by Dayton in 1994 and tied by Trenton last season. The IceGators rewrote the league record book in 2001-02 setting marks for most points (116), most wins (56), most home wins (30), most road wins (26), and fewest home losses (2) while tying the record with 14 consecutive wins. The IceGators lead the league allowing opponents only 22.5 shots per game and are tied for the league scoring lead averaging 5.0 goals per game.
InGlasCo East Coast Hockey League Player of the Week Shawn McNeil has a three-game goal-scoring streak (six goals) and leads the league with six goals in four games.
Louisiana hosts Arkansas on Friday and Jackson on Sunday while traveling to Baton Rouge on Saturday. The IceGators are 1-0 in 2002-03 and 15-6-3 all-time against Arkansas and 1-0 in 2002-03 and 38-16-7 all-time against Baton Rouge. Louisiana is 12-5-1 all-time in the regular season against Jackson, but lost in five games to the Bandits in the 2002 Kelly Cup Playoffs Southwest Division Semifinals.
Toledo leads the Northwest Division with nine points and a 4-0-1 record after going 3-0 last week. The Storm rank second in the league in goals allowed with 2.20 per game after shutting out Lexington 3-0 on Sunday. Toledo hosts Wheeling on Friday and Cincinnati on Saturday before traveling to Dayton on Sunday. Toledo is 46-33-7 all-time in the regular season against Wheeling and 11-13-1 all-time in the regular season against Cincinnati. The Storm is 1-0 in 2002-03 and 17-11-2 all-time in the regular season against Dayton.
Columbia leads the Southeast Division with eight points and a 4-1-0 record after going 3-0 last week. The Inferno hosts Augusta on Thursday and Saturday while traveling to Richmond on Friday. Augusta is 6-2-0 against Columbia while Richmond is 1-1-0.