ECHL Today – Mar. 12

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Elmira Jackals (33-18-7) at Reading Royals (33-20-6) 6:35 p.m. ET
• Reading has won the last two meetings to improve to 4-1-0 at home and 4-3-1 overall against Elmira.
• Elmira is 12-3-7 in one-goal games including 2-3 in overtime and 7-4 in the shootout.
• Royals’ Shawn Collymore is on a nine-game point streak (5g-9a).
• Jackals’ defensemen Matt Gens has 14 points (1g-13a) in his last 10 games.

Charlotte Checkers (29-24-6) at Augusta Lynx (26-29-4) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Augusta is 3-5-0, including 3-1-0 at home, this season and is 33-26-4 all-time against Charlotte.
• Charlotte is on a three-game winning streak and is 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.
• Lynx’s Bobby Bolt is tied for fourth in the ECHL with three shorthand goals.
Chris Capraro leads the Checkers against Augusta with seven goals and nine points.

South Carolina Stingrays (37-21-3) at Columbia Inferno (27-24-10) 7:05 p.m. ET
• South Carolina is 5-2-0, including 3-1-0 on the road, this season and is 33-23-5 all-time against Columbia.
• Columbia is 14-8-2 when out shooting their opponents.
Travis Morin leads the Stingrays against Columbia with seven goals, nine assists and 16 points.
Jeff Miles leads the Inferno against South Carolina with five goals and 10 points.

Wheeling Nailers (17-36-6) at Cincinnati Cyclones (45-9-3) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Cincinnati is 7-1-0, including 4-0-0 at home, this season and is 20-23-4 all-time against Wheeling.
• Wheeling is 90.6 percent (29-for-32) on the penalty kill in their last five games.
David Desharnais leads the Cyclones against Wheeling with 11 assists and 15 points.
Sean Collins leads the Nailers against Cincinnati with five points (2g-3a).

Alaska Aces (34-21-5) at Fresno Falcons (35-15-8) 7 p.m. PT
• Alaska is 5-2-0 this season against Fresno and 28-7-3 all-time against the Falcons.
• Fresno is on a five-game winning streak and is 7-3-0 in their last 10 games.
• Rookie Josh Soares leads the Aces against Fresno with 10 points (4g-6a).
Luke Curtin leads the Falcons against Alaska with eight assists and 10 points.

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Reading can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Wednesday if:

Reading wins

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Longest Consecutive Point-Scoring Streak
38 – Trevor Jobe, Nashville, Dec. 19, 1992-Mar. 14, 1993 (112 points)
35 – Brian Martin, Hampton Roads, Oct. 30, 1990-Jan. 18, 1991 (points not available)
32 – Jamey Hicks, Birmingham, Dec. 30, 1997-Mar. 6, 1998 (65 points)
26 – David Desharnais, Cincinnati, Jan. 5-present (45 points)
25 – Mike Kompon, Reading, Nov. 26, 2005-Mar. 8, 2006 (40 points)

Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
• Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08, the ECHL is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
• ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league with 25 teams playing 900 games in 17 states and British Columbia in 2007-08.
• The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• Affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
350 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 21 former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Peoria Rivermen and Alaska Aces goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu (St. Louis on Feb. 21), former Florida Everblades center David Brine (Florida on Feb. 2), former Idaho Steelheads right wing B.J. Crombeen (Dallas on Jan. 19), former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Kevin Doell (Atlanta on Jan. 4), former Alaska defenseman Zack FitzGerald (Vancouver on Feb. 5), former Fresno goaltender Thomas Greiss (San Jose on Jan. 14), former Roanoke Express and Wheeling Nailers left wing Jason Jaffray (Vancouver on Dec. 12), former Wheeling Nailers left wing Joe Jensen (Carolina on Feb. 18), former Toledo Storm goaltender Drew MacIntyre (Vancouver on Dec. 13), former San Diego Gulls left wing Cody McLeod (Colorado on Dec. 19), former Alaska Aces and Pensacola Ice Pilots center Chris Minard (Pittsburgh on Jan. 21), former Columbia Inferno center Brandon Nolan (Carolina on Dec. 22), former Johnstown Chiefs and Fresno Falcons goaltender Dmitri Patzold (San Jose on Oct. 7), former Gwinnett Gladiators and Louisiana IceGators left wing Pascal Pelletier (Boston on Jan. 17), former Reading Royals goaltender Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles on Dec. 6), former Stockton Thunder left wing Liam Reddox (Edmonton on Dec. 7), former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Colin Stuart (Atlanta on Dec. 29), former Columbus Chill, Richmond Renegades and Trenton Titans left wing Pete Vandermeer (Phoenix on Feb. 10), former San Diego goaltender Tyler Weiman (Colorado on Oct. 4), former Charlotte Checkers right wing Craig Weller (Phoenix on Oct. 4) and former Phoenix RoadRunners center Daniel Winnik (Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 4).
• 205 former ECHL players have played their first game in the NHL in the past seven seasons, including 94 since 2005-06.
• Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2006-07, including two who played in both the ECHL and the NHL as goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji played for Reading and Los Angeles while defenseman Bryan Young skated for Stockton and Edmonton. Dave McKee played for Augusta and dressed for five games as the backup goaltender for Stanley Cup champion Anaheim.
• ECHL has been represented on last seven Stanley Cup champions.
• There are 15 coaches in the NHL who have ECHL experience including former Wheeling coach Peter Laviolette, who is head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, and former Mississippi coach Bruce Boudreau, who is head coach of the Washington Capitals.
• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League, marking the seventh consecutive season that it has had affiliations with 20 or more teams in the AHL.
• ECHL has been represented on last 18 Calder Cup champions.
• In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
ECHL and its member teams contributed nearly $3 million for charity and relief funds in 2006-07.
• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at ECHL.com.