ECHL Today – Mar. 16

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Columbia Inferno (28-26-10) at South Carolina Stingrays (40-21-3) 4 p.m. ET
* Stingrays have won the last two meetings and are 2-1-0 at home and 6-2-0 overall this season against Columbia.
* Columbia’s Jeremy Schenderling has five points (1g-4a) in six games since being acquired from Augusta on Mar. 5.
* South Carolina’s Davis Parley is 4-0-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 1.25 in his last four games.
* Inferno’s Mac Faulkner has four points (3g-1a) in his last two games and eight points (5g-3a) in his last five games.

Cincinnati Cyclones (47-10-3) at Dayton Bombers (26-25-10) 5 p.m. ET
* Cyclones have won the last four meetings and are 3-1-0 on the road and 7-3-0 overall this season against Dayton.
* Matt Beaudoin leads the Bombers against Cincinnati with six goals and 10 points in nine games.
* David Desharnais leads the Cyclones against Dayton with 15 assists and 18 points in 10 games.
* Defenseman Greg Labenski leads the Bombers in March with five assists and five points in eight games.

Reading Royals (35-21-6) at Johnstown Chiefs (29-27-5) 5:05 p.m. ET
* Royals are 3-0-1 on the road and 5-2-1 overall this season to improve to 30-24-6 all-time against Johnstown.
* Chiefs’ rookie Alexandre Imbeault has three game-winning goals and 10 points (4g-6a) in his last eight games.
* Shawn Collymore has scored in all 12 games (7g-13a) since returning to the Royals from Norfolk on Feb. 20.
* Johnstown rookie defenseman Brian Deeth has five points (0g-5a) in his last five games.

Augusta Lynx (28-30-4) at Texas Wildcatters (48-6-10) 4:05 p.m. CT
* Lynx are 1-1-0 on the road and 3-2-0 overall this season to improve to 11-7-1 all-time against Texas.
* Kris Tebbs is 7-0-1 with a goals-against average of 1.59 since signing with the Wildcatters on Feb. 24.
* Augusta rookie J.P. Levasseur is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.92 in his last three starts.
* Texas’ Dan Welch had two goals, including the game winner, Saturday and has 10 points (3g-7a) in last six games.

Charlotte Checkers (30-25-6) at Pensacola Ice Pilots (16-38-7) 5:05 p.m. CT
* Checkers are 1-0-0 on the road and 4-1-0 overall this season to improve to 17-12-1 all-time against Pensacola.
* Pensacola’s Jason Bloomingburg has two goals in his last three games.
* Charlotte’s Chris Holt is 6-2-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 1.76 in his last eight games.
* Rookie Bryan Esner leads Pensacola at home with three game-winning goals, 12 goals and 20 points in 20 games.

Victoria Salmon Kings (36-20-5) at Phoenix RoadRunners (21-33-8) 5 p.m. PT
* RoadRunners are 2-1-1 at home and 2-1-4 overall this season to improve to 10-5-4 all-time against Victoria.
* Jordan Krestanovich leads the Salmon Kings against Phoenix with six assists and nine points in seven games.
* Phoenix rookie Taylor Dakers is 3-0-1 with a goals-against average of 2.21 in his last four starts.
* Victoria’s Wes Goldie has seven goals in his last six games and is tied for second in the ECHL with 32 goals.

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Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

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

Augusta wins OR loses in overtime/shootout

OR

Charlotte wins

Cincinnati can clinch the North Division on Sunday if:

Cincinnati wins

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.