ECHL Today – Mar. 16

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Charlotte Checkers (32-23-3) at Columbia Inferno (24-27-9) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Inferno won the last meeting 3-2 on Feb. 11 and are 21-13-7 all-time against the Checkers.
* Checkers are 2-0-0 at Columbia and 4-1-0 overall in 2006-07 and 20-18-3 all-time against Inferno.
* Charlotte’s Mike Ouellette (3g-4a) and Zdenek Bahensky (1g-6a) each have seven points against Columbia.
* Inferno’s Jeff Miles has seven points (4g-3a) in his last three games and a nine-game point streak (10g-9a).

Florida Everblades (37-19-5) at South Carolina Stingray (32-23-7) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Stingrays have won last two meetings and are 4-3-2 overall against the Everblades in 2006-07.
* Everblades are 3-0-0 at South Carolina and 5-3-1 overall against the Stingrays in 2006-07.
* South Carolina’s Matt W. Reid has a five-game point streak (7g-4a) including a pair of three-goal games.
* Vince Bellissimo leads Florida against the Stingrays with seven goals and 13 points in seven games.

Reading Royals (28-28-6) at Dayton Bombers (31-20-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Bombers have won last two meetings and are 3-1-0 at home and 5-3-0 overall against Reading in 2006-07.
* Royals’ rookie Joe Zappala has a three-game goal streak (3g) and a three-game point streak (3g-2a).
* Yannick Tifu leads Dayton against the Royals with 10 assists and 13 points in eight games.
* Michael Cohen has four points in his first four games with Royals including a three-game assist streak (3a).

Trenton Titans (29-25-5) at Cincinnati Cyclones (32-22-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
* Titans won 7-1 on Feb. 24 and are 2-1-0 on the road and 4-2-0 overall against the Cyclones in 2006-07.
* Cincinnati’s Dov Grumet-Morris is 2-1-1 with goals-against average of 2.66 in his last four games.
* Scott Bertoli leads Trenton against Cincinnati with six goals, seven assists and 13 points in six games.
* Cyclones’ Mike Wirll has a four-game goal streak (5g) and a six-game point streak (5g-6a).

Wheeling Nailers (23-30-6) at Toledo Storm (32-26-1) 7:35 p.m. ET
* Wheeling’s Andy Franck is 2-1-1 with goals-against average of 2.23 in four games against Toledo.
* Matt Zultek leads the Storm against Wheeling with five goals and 10 points in seven games.
* Sean Collins leads the Nailers against Toledo with seven points (3g-4a) in six games.
* Toledo’s Logan Koopmans is 3-1-0 with goals-against average of 2.26 in his last four games.

Gwinnett Gladiators (35-19-7) at Pensacola Ice Pilots (19-38-3) 7:05 p.m. CT
* Gwinnett won 4-1 on Feb. 25 and is 5-2-0 in 2006-07 and 18-4-2 all-time against Pensacola.
* David Wrigley leads the Ice Pilots against Gwinnett with eight assists and 11 points in six games.
* Brad Schell leads Gladiators against Pensacola with 13 assists and 16 points in six games.
* Pensacola’s Rich Meloche has a five-game assist streak (7a) and a five-game point streak (1g-7a).

Augusta Lynx (33-25-3) at Texas Wildcatters (35-19-9) 7:30 p.m. CT
* Lynx have won last two meetings and are 3-2-0 in 2006-07 and 7-4-1 all-time against Wildcatters.
* Texas’ Matt Yeats is 4-0-0 with three shutouts and goals-against average of 1.39 in his last five games.
* Louis Goulet leads Augusta against Texas with seven goals and 12 points in five games.
* Wildcatters’ Mike Bayrack has a two-game goal streak (2g) and a seven-game point streak (5g-4a).

Phoenix RoadRunners (25-32-5) at Las Vegas Wranglers (35-12-14) 7:05 p.m. PT
* RoadRunners won 3-1 on Mar. 3 to improve to 2-1-0 at Las Vegas in 2006-07.
* Steve Crampton leads the Wranglers against Phoenix with nine assists and 10 points in six games.
* Lance Monych leads Phoenix against Las Vegas with five assists and eight points in seven games.
* Scott Schoneck has three points in his last two games and leads Vegas defensemen with 35 points (6g-29a).

Idaho Steelheads (34-21-5) at Stockton Thunder (27-22-10) 7:30 p.m. PT
* Idaho won 4-3 on Mar. 14 and is 2-1-0 at Stockton and 3-3-2 overall against the Thunder in 2006-07.
* Stockton’s Brock Radunske has 10 points (4g-6a) in six games since Edmonton assigned him on Mar. 3.
* Idaho’s Tuomas Mikkonen has a four-game point streak (5g-2a) and 26 points (14g-12a) in 54 games.
* Colin Pepperall has five points (2g-3a) in his first three games since signing with the Thunder on Mar. 9.

Alaska Aces (44-13-4) at Fresno Falcons (32-22-6) 7:30 p.m. PT
* Aces have won the last four games and are 4-1-0 in 2006-07 and 22-4-3 all-time against the Falcons.
* John Morlang has six points (1g-5a) in his last three games and leads the Falcons with 24 goals.
* Alaska’s Derek Gustafson is 3-0-0 with a shutout and goals-against average of 0.67 against Fresno.
* Cory Murphy has four points in his last three games and leads Fresno defensemen with 39 points (10g-29a).

Bakersfield Condors (38-13-10) at Long Beach Ice Dogs (22-34-3) 7:30 p.m. PT
* Condors have won last six games, tying the team record for wins and road wins.
* Long Beach’s Ash Goldie has 13 points (8g-5a) in his last eight games.
* Bakersfield’s Jamie Hodson is 3-0-0 with two shutouts and goals-against of 0.32 in his last three games.
* Jeff Mason leads Ice Dogs defensemen with 35 points (11g-24a) including seven points in last eight games.

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Idaho can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:

Idaho wins OR loses in overtime/shootout OR Long Beach loses

Fresno can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:

Fresno wins AND Long Beach loses in regulation

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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.
* 327 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 182 have played their first NHL game in the last five seasons.
* 103 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.
* 24 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 Wheeling left wing Daniel Carcillo (Phoenix on Mar. 3), 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 Wheeling defenseman David Koci (Chicago on Mar. 10), 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 South Carolina and Reading center Rich Peverley (Nashville on Mar. 4), 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), former Reading left wing Shay Stephenson (Los Angeles on Mar. 1), former Augusta goaltender Mike Wall (Anaheim on Nov. 26) and former Stockton defenseman Bryan Young (Edmonton on Mar. 9).
* 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.