ECHL Today – Mar. 17

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Johnstown Chiefs (26-27-6) at Reading Royals (29-28-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Chiefs are 3-1-0 on road and 6-1-1 overall against Reading in 2006-07 and 26-18-5 all-time against Royals.
* Reading rookie Joe Zappala has scored a goal and an assist in each of his last four games.
* Johnstown’s Morgan Cey is 2-0-1 with goals-against average of 1.93 in three games against Reading.
* Royals’ Brett Smith has a three-game assist streak (3a) and a three-game point streak (3g-3a).

Florida Everblades (38-19-5) at Charlotte Checkers (33-23-3) 7:30 p.m. ET
* Checkers have won last two meetings and are 2-1-0 at home and 3-3-2 overall against Florida in 2006-07.
* Reggie Berg leads the Everblades against Charlotte with six goals, nine assists and 15 points in eight games.
* Charlotte rookie Dan Murphy has three-game goal streak (5g) and three-game point streak (5g-1a).
* Florida’s Brad Zancanaro has four two-point games and nine points (4g-5a) in his last six games.

Trenton Titans (29-26-5) at Cincinnati Cyclones (33-22-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
* Cyclones rookie Mathieu Aubin has three multi-point games and seven points (2g-5a) in his last four games.
* Titans are sixth in the league on the power play with 17.8 percent (66-for-370).
* Cyclones’ Cedrick Desjardins is 2-0-0 with goals-against average of 1.00 and 65 saves in his last two starts.
* Trenton’s Gregg Naumenko is 2-2-0 with goals-against average of 1.84 in four games against Cincinnati.

Toledo Storm (33-26-1) at Wheeling Nailers (23-31-6) 7:30 p.m. ET
* Toledo’s Chris Blight has a two-game goal streak (3g) and a six-game point streak (3g-4a).
* Ned Havern and Sean Collins lead the Nailers in March with three goals and six points each.
* Storm’s Logan Koopmans is 3-0-0 with a shutout and goals-against average of 1.00 in his last three starts.
* Paul Bissonnette leads Wheeling defensemen with 10 goals, 25 assists and 35 points.

Columbia Inferno (24-28-9) at Gwinnett Gladiators (36-19-7) 7:35 p.m. ET
* Gladiators’ Dan Turple is 3-0-0 with a shutout and goals-against average of 1.00 against Columbia.
* Inferno defenseman Bryan Rodney has two multi-point games and five points (1g-4a) in his last three games.
* Gwinnett’s Brad Schell has four-game assist streak (7a) and leads ECHL with 84 assists and 109 points.
* Columbia’s Todd Ford is 2-0-0 with goals-against average of 2.87 in his last three road starts.

Augusta Lynx (33-26-3) at Texas Wildcatters (36-19-9) 7:05 p.m. CT
* Texas has won last two meetings at home and is 2-0-1 at home and 3-1-2 overall against Lynx in 2006-07.
* Augusta’s Garrett Bembridge has a two-game assist streak (2a) and a three-game point streak (1g-2a).
* Ben Thomson scored his first career hat trick and had career-high three points in Texas’ 6-4 win on Friday.
* Augusta’s Louis Goulet had two points (1g-1a) on Friday for his 17th multiple-point game of the season.

South Carolina Stingrays (32-24-7) at Pensacola Ice Pilots (19-39-3) 7:05 p.m. CT
* Ice Pilots won last meeting 7-4 on Mar. 4 to improve to 2-1-1 at home against Stingrays in 2006-07.
* South Carolina’s Evan Schwabe has a five-game assist streak (9a) and a five-game point streak (0g-9a).
* Pensacola’s John Hecimovic had career highs with five assists and five points on Mar. 4 against Stingrays.
* Stingrays’ Cail MacLean has a two-game assist streak (3a) and a five-game point streak (4g-5a).

Stockton Thunder (28-22-10) at Bakersfield Condors (39-13-10) 7:00 p.m. PT
* Thunder won 2-1 on Feb. 21 and are 1-0-1 at Bakersfield and 3-1-2 overall against Condors in 2006-07.
* Condors have won last seven games to set team records for consecutive wins and consecutive road wins.
* Stockton’s Devan Dubnyk is 2-0-1 with goals-against average of 1.95 against Bakersfield.
* Bakersfield’s Alexandre Bolduc has an eight-game point streak (4g-14a) that dates back to Dec. 2, 2006.

Alaska Aces (45-13-4) at Long Beach Ice Dogs (22-35-3) 7:00 p.m. PT
* Aces have won the last seven meetings to improve to 23-5-1 all-time against Ice Dogs.
* Ash Goldie leads Long Beach the last 10 games with eight goals, six assists and 14 points.
* Alaska’s Julian Talbot (2g-5a) and Joe Talbot (4g-2a) have combined for 13 points in the last seven games.
* Long Beach is 13-9-3 in one-goal games including 4-0 in overtime and 3-3 in shootouts.

Utah Grizzlies (21-33-7) at Victoria Salmon Kings (27-31-4) 7:05 p.m. PT
* Victoria’s Milan Gajic has a three-game point streak (2g-5a) including three points against Utah on Mar. 15.
* Utah rookie defenseman Andy Sertich has five points (1g-4a) in his last four games.
* Salmon Kings’ Mike Stutzel has a four-game assist streak (4a) and a four-game point streak (1g-4a).
* Grizzlies are 11-0-1 when leading after two periods.

Las Vegas Wranglers (36-12-14) at Phoenix RoadRunners (25-33-5) 7:11 p.m. PT
* Las Vegas’ Kevin Nastiuk is 2-0-0 with goals-against average of 2.01 and 60 saves in his last two starts.
* Justin Aikins has scored a goal in his last two games and leads Phoenix with 25 goals and 51 points.
* Wranglers’ Arpad Mihaly has three-game goal streak (3g) and three-game point streak (3g-1a).
* RoadRunners rookie Brock Hooton is second on the team with 22 assists and 36 points.

Idaho Steelheads (34-22-5) at Fresno Falcons (32-23-6) 7:30 p.m. PT
* Falcons lead the league with 20 shorthand goals and have allowed a league-low four shorthand goals.
* Idaho defenseman Darrell Hay has a three-game assist streak (4a) and a three-game point streak (1g-4a).
* Fresno’s Jason Tejchma scored his first professional point with a first-period assist on Mar. 16.
* Idaho’s B.J. Crombeen has three points (2g-1a) in his first two games since assigned by Dallas on Mar. 14.

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Alaska can clinch the West Division on Saturday if:

Alaska wins

OR

Idaho loses

OR

Alaska loses in overtime/shootout AND Idaho loses in overtime/shootout

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

Fresno wins

OR

Fresno loses in overtime/shootout AND Long Beach and Utah lose

OR

Long Beach AND Utah lose 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.
* 104 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.