ECHL Today – Feb. 16

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Reading Royals (20-23-6) at Dayton Bombers (22-16-4) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Dayton ranks ninth in the ECHL on the penalty kill at home with 85.3 percent (87-for-102).
• Reading is 14-2-3 when leading after the second period.
Yannick Tifu leads Bombers against Reading with three assists and four points in two games.
• Royals’ Greg Hogeboom is tied for fourth in the ECHL with 65 points (27g-38a).

Charlotte Checkers (25-18-3) at South Carolina Stingrays (26-18-3) 7:05 p.m. ET
• South Carolina has won their last two games and are 6-4-0 in their last 10 games.
• Charlotte is second in the ECHL on the penalty kill on the road with 88.3 percent (151-for-171).
• Stingrays’ Evan Schwabe leads team with 47 points (16g-31a).
• Checkers’ Bruce Graham has team-leading four goals and four assists in five games against South Carolina.

Johnstown Chiefs (21-21-4) at Cincinnati Cyclones (24-18-4) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Cincinnati leads the ECHL on the penalty kill with 88.8 percent (284-for-320).
• Chiefs’ Morgan Cey is 2-0-1 with a goals-against average of 1.80 against Cincinnati.
• Cyclones’ Jason Deitsch has team-leading seven points (3g-4a) in five games against Johnstown.
• Johnstown is 88.0 percent (22-for-25) on the penalty kill in their last five games.

Wheeling Nailers (18-24-2) at Trenton Titans (23-18-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Trenton ranks seventh in the ECHL on the power play at home with 18.8 percent (30-for-160).
• Nailers’ Jordan Cameron has team-leading four goals and eight points in five games against Trenton.
• Titans’ Mike Pandolfo has team-leading five goals and eight points in five games against Wheeling.
• Wheeling is tied for fourth in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 17.6 percent (21-for-119).

Florida Everblades (29-15-2) at Augusta Lynx (28-20-2) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Augusta has 15 points (7-2-1) in their last 10 games.
• Florida is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 29 points (14-7-1) on the road.
Ryan Lang leads Lynx against Florida with three assists and four points in three games.
• Everblades’ Dustin Johner has team-leading three goals and five points in three games against Augusta.

Columbia Inferno (19-23-7) at Toledo Storm (23-20-1) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Toledo ranks fourth in the ECHL with 34 points (17-5-0) at home.
• Columbia is 92.4 percent (61-for-66) on the penalty kill in their last 10 games.
• Storm’s Matt Zultek leads team in points with 36 (15g-21a).
• Inferno’s Mike Jarmuth is tied for fourth in the ECHL with 20 power-play assists.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (14-32-2) at Texas Wildcatters (28-14-8) 7:30 p.m. CT
• Texas ranks fourth in the ECHL on the power play at home with 20.4 percent (37-for-181).
• Pensacola’s Dallas Steward and Dan Sullivan each have seven points (4g-3a) in seven games against Texas.
Mike Bayrack leads Wildcatters against Pensacola with nine assists and 15 points in seven games.
• Ice Pilots’ Rob Rankin is on a three-game assist streak (3a).

Fresno Falcons (25-19-4) at Utah Grizzlies (18-26-5) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Fresno ranks fourth in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 85.6 percent (292-for-341).
• Utah is 5-3-2 in their last 10 home games.
Dustin VanBallegooie leads Falcons against Utah with three goals and five points in five games.
• Grizzlies’ Danny Stewart has team-leading four goals and six points in three games against Fresno.

Las Vegas Wranglers (27-9-12) at Idaho Steelheads (26-18-3) 7:10 p.m. MT
• Idaho won 5-4 in overtime on Feb. 14 for only its second win in six meetings this season (2-3-1).
• Las Vegas leads the ECHL with 36 points (14-4-8) on the road.
• Idaho’s Lance Galbraith tied season-high with two assists and three points on Feb. 14 against Las Vegas.
Derek Edwardson leads Wranglers against Idaho with four goals, 10 assists and 11 points in six games.

Alaska Aces (35-13-2) at Phoenix RoadRunners (22-22-4) 7:11 p.m. MT
• Alaska ranks second in the ECHL with 3.98 goals per game.
• Phoenix is seventh in the league on the power play with 18.0 percent (65-for-362).
Kimbi Daniels leads the Aces with six assists in three games against Phoenix.
• RoadRunners’ Justin Aikins leads team with 19 goals, 21 assists and 40 points.

Long Beach Ice Dogs (17-26-3) at Bakersfield Condors (29-12-5) 7:00 p.m. PT
• Long Beach has 12 points (6-4-0) in their last 10 road games.
• Bakersfield won 10-2 on Dec. 2 to lead season series 4-0-0 and improve to 18-9-5 overall.
Gabriel Proulx leads Ice Dogs with five assists and five points in four games against Bakersfield.
• Condors’ Andrew Ianiero has team-leading six assists and nine points in four games against Long Beach.

Stockton Thunder (21-15-9) at Victoria Salmon Kings (21-29-1) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Victoria won 4-0 on Feb. 14 to lead series 2-1-0 and 5-2-1 overall.
• Stockton ranks fourth in the ECHL on the penalty kill on the road with 86.4 percent (146-for-169).
• Salmon Kings’ Kiel McLeod had a goal and an assist on Feb. 14 against Stockton.
• Thunder’s Troy Bodie leads team with three points (1g-2a) in three games against Victoria.

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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.
* 319 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 174 have played their first NHL game in the last five seasons.
* 95 former ECHL players have played in the NHL this season.
* More than 100 players under contract to NHL teams have played in the ECHL this season.
* 16 former ECHL players have played their first NHL game this season: Krys Barch (Dallas on Jan. 15), Sheldon Brookbank (Nashville on Feb. 6), Barry Brust (Los Angeles on Nov. 30), Drew Fata (New York Islanders on Feb. 4), Yutaka Fukufuji (Los Angeles on Jan. 13), Daniel Girardi (New York Rangers on Jan. 27), Martin Houle (Philadelphia on Dec. 13), D.J. King (St. Louis on Oct. 5), Drew Larman (Florida on Nov. 13), Martin Lojek (Florida on Feb. 3), Joey MacDonald (Detroit on Oct. 19), Kris Newbury (Toronto on Dec. 23), Pierre Parenteau (Chicago on Feb. 7), Jesse Schultz (Vancouver on Nov. 28), former ECHL All-Star goaltender Mike Smith (Dallas on Oct. 21), and Mike Wall (Anaheim on Nov. 26).
* Record 47 former ECHL players played their first NHL game 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.
* ECHL has affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 17 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
* 86 players under contract to AHL teams have played in the ECHL this season.
* For each of the past four seasons, the ECHL has had more players called up to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with 1,646 call ups involving almost 1,000 players, including 2005-06 when there were 416 call ups involving 263 players.
* ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds in 2005-06.
* Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.