ECHL Today – Mar. 15

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Trenton Devils (23-32-7) at Dayton Bombers (26-24-10) 7 p.m. ET
• Trenton won 2-0 at Dayton on Friday and is 4-3-1 this season and 42-17-9 all-time against the Bombers.
• Dayton ranks ninth in the ECHL on the power play at home with 20.5 percent (31-for-151).
Andrew Leach scored a goal and an assist for the Devils on Friday against Dayton.
• Bombers rookie Matt Beaudoin leads the ECHL with 35 goals.

Wheeling Nailers (17-37-7) at Reading Royals (34-21-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Wheeling won 6-3 on Mar. 9 and is 3-4-1 in the season series and 31-25-7 all-time against Reading.
• Reading is 22-3-3 when scoring first.
Kevin Croxton leads the Nailers against Reading with five goals, six assists and 11 points.
Dany Roussin leads the Royals against Wheeling with five goals and 10 points.

Gwinnett Gladiators (38-19-5) at Columbia Inferno (28-25-10) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Gwinnett is 6-0-1, including 3-0-0 on the road, this season and is 26-8-4 all-time against Columbia.
• Columbia is 6-4-0 in their last 10 games.
Jeff Campbell leads the Gladiators against Columbia with six assists and seven points.
Owen Fussey leads the Inferno against Gwinnett with five points (2g-3a).

Florida Everblades (35-20-8) at South Carolina Stingrays (39-21-3) 7:05 p.m. ET
• South Carolina won 4-3 in a shootout on Feb. 24 and is 3-4-0 this season and 33-33-9 all-time against Florida.
• Florida has not given up a power-play goal in their last five games (0-for-27).
Travis Morin leads the Stingrays against Florida with six assists and eight points.
Derek Damon leads the Everblades against South Carolina with nine assists and 12 points.

Elmira Jackals (34-19-7) at Johnstown Chiefs (29-26-5) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Elmira won 3-2 in overtime at Johnstown on Mar. 8 and is 4-3-1 against the Chiefs.
• Johnstown is 11-3-3 in their last 17 games.
Benoit Doucet leads the Jackals against Johnstown with six assists and 10 points.
• Chiefs’ Ryan Nie is 4-2-2 with a 2.44 goals-against average in eight games against Elmira.

Augusta Lynx (28-29-4) at Texas Wildcatters (47-6-10) 7:05 p.m. CT
• Augusta won 4-3 in a shootout at Texas Friday and is 3-1-0 this season and 11-6-1 all-time against the Wildcatters.
• Texas is 22.2 percent (8-for-36) on the power play in their last five games.
Matt Christie had three assists for the Lynx on Friday against Texas.
Jonathan Paiement scored a goal and had two assists for the Wildcatters on Friday against Augusta.

Charlotte Checkers (29-25-6) at Pensacola Ice Pilots (16-37-7) 7:15 p.m. CT
• Pensacola won 2-1 at Charlotte on Feb. 10 and is 1-3-0 this season and 13-15-1 all-time against the Checkers.
• Charlotte is 24-2-2 when leading after the second period.
• Ice Pilots’ Bryan Esner has 11 points (5g-6a) in his last 10 games.
• Checkers’ Chris Capraro has five points (2g-3a) in his last five games.

Alaska Aces (36-21-5) at Bakersfield Condors (19-34-9) 7 p.m. PT
• Alaska won 3-2 at Bakersfield on Friday and is 5-0-0 this season and 22-13-2 all-time against the Condors.
• Defenseman Martin Frechette leads Bakersfield against Alaska with four assists and four points.
• Rookie Josh Soares scored two goals for the Aces on Friday against Bakersfield.
Mark Derlago and Kevin Truelson each scored a goal for the Condors on Friday against Alaska.

Utah Grizzlies (30-25-7) at Las Vegas Wranglers (39-11-12) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Las Vegas won 2-1 on Friday and is 8-1-0 this season and 14-5-4 all-time against Utah.
• Utah ranks fourth in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 20.5 percent (36-for-176).
Jason Krischuk and Brandon Kaleniecki each scored a goal for the Wranglers on Friday against Utah.
Travis Rycroft scored a goal for the Grizzlies on Friday against Las Vegas.

Fresno Falcons (36-16-8) at Stockton Thunder (24-33-3) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Fresno won 4-3 at Stockton on Friday and is 5-3-0 this season and 20-5-1 all-time against the Thunder.
• Stockton is 14-8-3 in one-goal games and is 4-2 in overtime and 2-1 in the shootout.
• Rookie Oren Eizenman had two assists for the Falcons on Friday against Stockton.
Fredrik Johansson scored a goal and an assist for the Thunder on Friday against Fresno.

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Augusta can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday if:

Augusta wins

AND

Charlotte wins

Cincinnati can clinch the North Division on Saturday if:

Johnstown 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)
27 – David Desharnais, Cincinnati, Jan. 5-Mar. 12, 2008 (49 points)
25 – Mike Kompon, Reading, Nov. 26, 2005-Mar. 8, 2006 (40 points)
– Sheldon Gorski, Louisville, Dec. 31, 1991-Feb. 4, 1992 (52 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.