ECHL Today – Dec. 27

Cincinnati Cyclones (14-11-2) at Wheeling Nailers (10-15-1) 7:00 p.m. ET
* Nailers have won last six meetings at Wheeling and are 8-1-0 in last nine home games against Cyclones.
* Cincinnati has won last three meetings, outscoring the Nailers 14-4, and is 3-2-0 in season series.
* Nailers’ Cody Blanshan has scored in each of his last two games, including a goal at Cincinnati on Dec. 23.
* Cyclone rookie Cedrick Desjardins in 5-0-0 with a shutout and goals against of 1.38 in last five games.

Reading Royals (13-11-4) at Trenton Titans (11-9-2) 7:00 p.m. ET
* Royals won 7-4 at Reading on Dec. 10 and are 2-1-2 against Titans, including 1-1-0 at Trenton.
* Mike Pandolfo leads Trenton at home with 11 goals, 12 assists and 23 points in 13 games.
* Greg Hogeboom leads the Royals against Trenton with nine assists and 11 points in five games.
* Trenton’s Scott Bertoli has seven points (3g-4a) in the last five games.

Johnstown Chiefs (12-11-3) at Toledo Storm (13-11-1) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Rookie Jamie Tardif leads Toledo at home with seven goals, nine assists and 16 points in 13 games.
* Chiefs’ Morgan Cey has won last two games including a 59-save, 5-2 win at Toledo on Dec. 23.
* Toledo’s Chris Blight has four-game point streak (2g-3a) and two-game goal streak (2g).
* Johnstown rookie Radek Smolenak has three-game goal streak (3g) and three-game point streak (3g-1a).

Columbia Inferno (8-15-4) at Gwinnett Gladiators (16-8-4) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Gwinnett has won last 12 meetings with Columbia and is 3-0-0 at home and 1-0-0 on road this season.
* Columbia’s Chris St. Jacques has three assists in last two games including two at Gwinnett on Dec. 23.
* Scott Mifsud leads the Gladiators against Columbia with four goals and nine points in four games.
* Inferno’s Chris Thompson has three-game point streak (3g-2a) including two goals at Gwinnett on Dec. 23.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (7-17-2) at Augusta Lynx (13-16-0) 7:35 p.m. ET
* Lynx won 5-2 at Augusta on Nov. 30 and lead season series 4-2-0, including 3-1-0 in one-goal games.
* Rookie Sergei Ogorodnikov had two assists against Texas on Dec. 23, his first points with Pensacola.
* Jamie Johnson leads the Lynx against Pensacola with six assists and eight points in four games.
* Ice Pilots’ Travis Lisabeth has three goals in last two games and eight points (4g-4a) in last six games.

Fresno Falcons (15-9-1) at Stockton Thunder (15-4-5) 7:00 p.m. PT
* Fresno won 3-1 on Dec. 22 and is 10-0-1 against Thunder, including 4-0-1 at Stockton.
* Nathan Martz leads Stockton at home with 14 assists and 16 points in 10 games.
* Falcons’ Luke Curtin has three straight multi-assist games (7a) and is tied for fifth in ECHL with 24 assists.
* Thunder’s Brendon Hodge has three-game point streak (1g-2a) and is tied for team lead with 16 assists.

Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
* Affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League marking 10th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
* 310 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 165 have made NHL debut in the last five seasons, including goaltenders Barry Brust, Martin Houle, Joey MacDonald, Mike Smith and Mike Wall, center Drew Larman and right wing Jesse Schultz this season, and a record 47 in 2005-06.
* ECHL has been represented on last six Stanley Cup champions.
* Two NHL head coaches (Peter Laviolette & Jim Playfair) and 9 assistant coaches have ECHL experience.
* Affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League.
* ECHL has been represented on last 17 Calder Cup champions.
* For each of the past four seasons, ECHL has had more players called up to AHL than all other professional leagues combined. From 2002-06 the ECHL had 1,646 call ups, involving almost 1,000 players, including 416 call ups involving 263 players last season.
* Idaho Steelheads and City of Boise will host the 15th Annual ECHL All-Star Game presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 17 and the 10th Annual ECHL All-Star Skills Competition presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 16 at Qwest Arena.
* ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds in 2005-06.