ECHL Today – Mar. 18

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Trenton Titans (30-26-5) at Johnstown Chiefs (26-28-6) 3:00 p.m. ET
* Titans’ Gregg Naumenko is 5-1-0 with goals-against average of 2.12 in seven games against Johnstown.
* Rookie Maxime Boisclair leads Johnstown against Trenton with four goals, eight assists and 12 points.
* Trenton rookie Benoit Mondou has four-game point streak (3g-3a).
* Chiefs’ Grant Jacobsen has five points (3g-2a) in his last four games.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (19-39-4) at South Carolina Stingrays (33-24-7) 4:00 p.m. ET
* Stingray defenseman Donny Grover had first multi-goal game (2g) of season against Ice Pilots on Mar. 17.
* Ice Pilots’ David Wrigley has eight points (3g-5a) in his last five games.
* Stingrays’ Daren Machesney is 2-0-0 with a shootout win and goals-against of 2.41 in his last two starts.
* Pensacola rookie Rob Rankin has seven points (3g-4a) in his last four games.

Florida Everblades (38-20-5) at Gwinnett Gladiators (37-19-7) 4:05 p.m. ET
* Everblades’ Adam Taylor has a two-game goal streak (2g) and a five-game point streak (4g-3a).
* Gladiators are 15-for-53 (28.3 percent) on the power play and have one shorthand goal against Florida.
* Dustin Johner leads Florida against Gwinnett with 11 points (5g-6a) in nine games.
* Gwinnett rookie Chad Painchaud has two-game goal streak (2g) and four-game point streak (3g-6a).

Utah Grizzlies (22-33-7) at Victoria Salmon Kings (27-32-4) 1:05 p.m. PT
* D.J. Jelitto scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in Grizzlies’ 3-2 win at Victoria on Mar. 17.
* Victoria is 8-for-28 (28.6 percent) on the power play and has one shorthand goal against Utah.
* Defenseman Eric Nelson leads Utah against Victoria with five assists and five points in five games.
* Mike Stutzel leads Victoria against Utah with four goals, all on the power play, and seven points.

Wheeling Nailers (24-31-6) at Reading Royals (30-28-6) 4:35 p.m. ET
* Nailers are 3-1-1 on road and 5-3-2 overall against Royals in 2006-07 and 27-21-6 all-time against Reading.
* Royals’ rookie Jeff Pietrasiak is 3-0-0 with a shootout win and goals-against of 1.62 in his last three games.
* Wheeling’s Andy Franck is 5-3-1 with goals-against average of 2.97 against Reading.
* Reading rookie Michael Cohen has five-game assist streak (5a) and five-game point streak (1g-5a).

Charlotte Checkers (34-23-3) at Columbia Inferno (24-29-9) 5:05 p.m. ET
* Checkers’ Alex Westlund is 4-0-0 with a shutout and goals-against average of 1.75 against Columbia.
* Columbia’s Brendan Cook has a four-game point streak (2g-2a).
* Charlotte’s Mark Lee has a five-game assist streak (10a) and a five-game point streak (4g-10a).
* Inferno is 18-10-1 when it scores first and 18-1-3 when leading after the second period.

Cincinnati Cyclones (33-23-5) at Dayton Bombers (31-21-6) 6:30 p.m. ET
* Cyclones are 3-2-0 with a shootout win at Dayton and are 6-3-1 overall against Bombers in 2006-07.
* Dayton’s Terry Denike is 7-1-2 with a shutout and goals-against average of 2.09 in his last 10 starts.
* Jason Deitsch leads Cincinnati against Dayton with six goals and eight points in nine games.
* Bombers’ Yannick Tifu has four multi-point games and 16 points (4g-12a) in eight games in March.

Idaho Steelheads (35-22-5) at Stockton Thunder (29-22-10) 4:00 p.m. PT
* Stockton’s Devan Dubnyk is 4-1-1 with a shutout and goals-against average of 2.97 against Idaho.
* Idaho’s Marty Flichel has two game-winning goals and eight points (4g-4a) in his last six games.
* Thunder’s Brock Radunske has five-game assist streak (7a) and five-game point streak (3g-7a).
* Steelheads are 15-for-64 (23.4 percent) on the power play and have two shorthand goals against Stockton.

Alaska Aces (45-13-5) at Fresno Falcons (32-24-6) 5:00 p.m. PT
* Alaska has won last five meetings and is 5-1-0 in 2006-07 and 23-4-3 all-time against Fresno.
* Fresno is second in the ECHL with goals-against average of 2.63.
* Aces’ Derek Gustafson is 7-0-0 with a shutout and goals-against average of 1.81 in his last seven starts.
* John Morlang leads Fresno against Alaska with three goals and three points.

Las Vegas Wranglers (37-12-14) at Long Beach Ice Dogs (23-35-3) 5:00 p.m. PT
* Ice Dogs have won both meetings at Long Beach and both in overtime (7-6 on Nov. 12 and 2-1 on Jan. 7).
* Wranglers’ Arpad Mihaly has two game-winning goals and four points (2g-2a) in his last two games.
* Mark Hurtubise (4g-1a) and Ash Goldie (2g-3a) lead Long Beach in scoring against Las Vegas.
* Las Vegas rookie Adam Cracknell has two multi-point games and five points (1g-4a) in his last four games.

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Alaska can clinch the West Division on Sunday if:

Alaska wins

OR

Alaska loses in overtime/shootout

OR

Idaho loses

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

Fresno wins

OR

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

OR

Long Beach AND Utah both lose in regulation

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

Stockton wins

AND

Utah AND Long Beach both 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.