ECHL Today – Feb. 24

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Cincinnati Cyclones (28-19-4) at Trenton Titans (25-21-5) 7:00 p.m. ET
• Cincinnati won 4-3 at Trenton on Friday to have eight points (4-1-0) in their last five games.
• Trenton ranks fifth in the ECHL on the power play with 18.2 percent (59-for-324).
• Since coming to the Cyclones Ben Gray is 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00.
• Titans’ Scott Bertoli had two goals on Friday to extend his point streak to 10 games (5g-12a).

Dayton Bombers (24-19-4) at Reading Royals (24-24-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Dayton’s Yannick Tifu had an assist on Friday to have seven points (1g-6a) in five games against Reading.
• Reading beat Dayton 3-1 on Friday and is 2-3-0 on the season and 24-11-0 all time.
• Bombers are 13-6-4 in one-goal games.
• Royals’ Joe Zappala had two goals on Friday to register four points (3g-1a) in five games against Dayton.

Augusta Lynx (30-21-3) at Florida Everblades (33-16-2) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Florida leads series 4-0-0 this season and 38-12-4 overall.
• Augusta ranks eighth in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 17.5 percent (29-for-166).
Vince Bellissimo leads Everblades against Augusta with four assists and six points in two games.
• Lynx’s Shane Hynes has a team-leading four goals in two games against Florida.

Johnstown Chiefs (23-22-5) at Wheeling Nailers (19-26-3) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Johnstown won 4-1 at Wheeling on Friday to lead series 6-3-0 this season and 61-60-14 overall.
• Wheeling is 12-3-0 when leading after the second period.
• Chiefs’ Bryan Nathe, Ben Wallace and Gus Katsuras each had two assists on Friday.
Vin Hellemeyer had the only goal on Friday for the Nailers to register his first point against Johnstown.

South Carolina Stingrays (26-19-7) at Gwinnett Gladiators (30-17-6) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Gwinnett leads ECHL on the power play at home with 27.0 percent (54-for-200).
• South Carolina is fourth on the penalty kill on the road with 86.4 percent (140-for-162).
• Gladiators’ Scott Mifsud has team-leading seven assists and 11 points in six games South Carolina.
Cail MacLean leads the Stingrays with four goals and eight points in six games against Gwinnett.

Stockton Thunder (22-17-10) at Texas Wildcatters (31-14-9) 7:05 p.m. CT
• Texas beat Stockton 2-1 on Friday to lead series 1-0-0.
• Stockton is 14-2-4 when leading after the second period.
• Wildcatters’ Brandin Cote and Jonathan Paiement each had a goal on Friday.
• In his first game with the Thunder Mathieu Melanson had the only goal on Friday.

Utah Grizzlies (19-29-5) at Idaho Steelheads (29-18-4) 7:10 p.m. MT
• Idaho beat Utah 8-3 on Friday to lead series 6-1-0 this season and 11-2-1 overall.
• Utah is 9-0-1 when leading after the second period.
• Steelheads’ Derek Nesbitt had season-high five points (2g-3a) on Friday against Utah.
• Grizzlies’ Ed Campbell had two assists on Friday against Idaho.

Phoenix RoadRunners (24-25-4) at Bakersfield Condors (30-13-8) 7:00 p.m. PT
• Phoenix beat Bakersfield 3-2 in overtime on Friday to lead series 1-0-0 and improve to 2-6-0 all time.
• Bakersfield has 15 points (6-1-3) in their last 10 games.
• RoadRunners’ Mat Snesrud had two assists on Friday to register his first two points of the season.
• Condors’ Todd Griffith and Josh Liebenow each had a goal on Friday.

Alaska Aces (38-13-3) at Long Beach Ice Dogs (19-28-3) 7:00 p.m. PT
• Alaska won 3-2 at Long Beach on Friday to lead series 2-0-0 this season and 19-5-1 overall.
• Long Beach is 12-1-0 when leading after the second period.
• Aces’ Hans Benson had season-high two points (1g-1a) on Friday.
• Ice Dogs’ Chris Collins had two points (1g-1a) to extend his point streak to five games (3g-6a).

Las Vegas Wranglers (29-10-13) at Victoria Salmon Kings (24-30-1) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Victoria beat Las Vegas 3-2 in a shootout on Friday to lead series 4-2-0 and improve to 5-12-2 overall.
• Las Vegas is fifth in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 18.1 percent (34-for-188).
• Salmon Kings’ Wes Goldie had an assist on Friday to lead team with 57 points (32g-25a).
• Wranglers’ Bryce Thoma had his first professional assist on Friday.

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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.
* 322 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 177 have played their first NHL game in the last five seasons.
* 98 former ECHL players have played in the NHL this season and all 30 teams have had a former ECHL player play for them.
* More than 100 players under contract to NHL teams have played in the ECHL this season.
* 19 ECHL players who have played their first NHL game this season: former Greenville and Richmond right wing Krys Barch (Dallas on Jan. 15), former Mississippi defenseman Sheldon Brookbank (Nashville on Feb. 6), former Reading goaltender Barry Brust (Los Angeles on Nov. 30), former Toledo center Matt Ellis (Detroit on Dec. 18), former Wheeling defenseman Drew Fata (New York Islanders on Feb. 4), former Reading defenseman Jeff Finger (Colorado on Feb. 20), former Bakersfield and Reading goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji (Los Angeles on Jan. 13), former Charlotte defenseman Daniel Girardi (New York Rangers on Jan. 27), former Long Beach goaltender Jaroslav Halak (Montreal on Feb. 18), former Trenton goaltender Martin Houle (Philadelphia on Dec. 13), former Alaska left wing D.J. King (St. Louis on Oct. 5), former Florida center Drew Larman (Florida on Nov. 13), former Florida defenseman Martin Lojek (Florida on Feb. 3), former Toledo goaltender Joey MacDonald (Detroit on Oct. 19), former Pensacola center Kris Newbury (Toronto on Dec. 23), former Augusta right wing Pierre Parenteau (Chicago on Feb. 7), former Columbia right wing Jesse Schultz (Vancouver on Nov. 28), former ECHL All-Star goaltender Mike Smith (Dallas on Oct. 21) and former Augusta goaltender 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.
* 2008 ECHL All-Star Game and Skills Competition will be hosted by Stockton Thunder, City of Stockton and Stockton Arena on Jan. 22-23, 2008.
* 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.