ECHL Today – Mar. 2

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Gwinnett Gladiators (32-17-6) at Columbia Inferno (21-26-8) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Gwinnett leads the ECHL on the power play on the road with 23.1 percent (43-for-186).
• Columbia ranks second in the ECHL on the penalty kill at home with 88.1 percent (141-for-160).
Scott Mifsud leads Gladiators against Columbia with eight assists and 12 points in six games.
• Inferno’s Owen Fussey has four points (1g-3a) in four games against Gwinnett.

Johnstown Chiefs (24-23-5) at Reading Royals (25-24-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Reading has season-high five-game win streak and season-best four-game home win streak.
• Johnstown beat Reading 5-2 on Feb. 11 and is 6-0-1 in season series and 26-17-5 all time against Royals.
• Royals’ Shawn Collymore has team-leading three assists in five games against Johnstown.
Maxime Boisclair leads Chiefs with five goals and 11 points in seven games against Reading.

Dayton Bombers (26-20-4) at Wheeling Nailers (20-26-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Dayton is 20.0 percent (4-for-20) on the power play in their last five games.
• Wheeling is 85.7 percent (24-for-28) on the penalty kill in their last five games.
Justin Maiser has seven points against Wheeling, including team-leading five assists.
Jordan Cameron leads Nailers against Dayton with four points (2g-2a).

Florida Everblades (35-16-2) at Augusta Lynx (30-23-3) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Florida ranks ninth in the ECHL on the penalty kill on the road with 84.6 percent (132-for-156).
• Augusta is 10th in the ECHL on the power play with 16.8 percent (66-for-393).
• Everblades’ Vince Bellissimo has team-leading seven assists and 10 points in three games against Augusta.
Brian Passmore leads Lynx against Florida with four assists and seven points in five games.

Trenton Titans (26-22-5) at Toledo Storm (28-22-1) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Trenton is third in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 18.4 percent (27-for-147).
• Toledo leads ECHL on the penalty kill at home with 88.2 percent (149-for-169).
• Titans’ Scott Bertoli has team-leading four assists and five points in five games against Toledo.
• Storm’s Mike Walsh (3g-2a), Matt Zultek (2g-3a) and Tim Songin (0g-5a) have five points against Trenton.

Texas Wildcatters (31-17-9) at Utah Grizzlies (20-30-5) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Utah beat Texas 5-3 on Feb. 28 in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
• Texas has 32 points (15-10-2) on the road, which ties them for fifth in the ECHL.
• Grizzlies’ Eric Nelson (1g-1a) and Jimmie Kraft (0g-2a) each have two points against Texas.
• Wildcatters’ Mike Bayrack (2g-0a) and Jonathan Paiement (0g-2a) each have two points against Utah.

Phoenix RoadRunners (24-27-5) at Las Vegas Wranglers (32-10-13) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Las Vegas won 3-2 at Phoenix on Mar. 1 and is 3-1-1 in season series and 11-1-2 all time.
• Phoenix ranks eighth in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 17.1 percent (32-for-187).
• Wranglers’ Mike McKenna is 1-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.53 against Phoenix.
Lance Monych leads RoadRunners with five assists and seven points in five games against Las Vegas.

Victoria Salmon Kings (24-31-1) at Fresno Falcons (29-20-4) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Fresno is on a four-game unbeaten streak.
• Victoria is tied for ninth in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 17.0 percent (30-for-176).
• Falcons’ Luke Curtin has team-leading seven assists and eight points in six games against Victoria.
• Salmon Kings’ Wes Goldie (2g-4a) and Milan Gajic (1g-5a) each have six points against Fresno.

Idaho Steelheads (30-18-5) at Long Beach Ice Dogs (20-30-3) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Steelheads won only meeting of season 2-1 on Oct. 20 and are 19-4-4 all-time against Ice Dogs.
Ash Goldie has six points (4g-2a) in the last two games and leads Long Beach with 54 points (26g-28a).
• Idaho’s Derek Nesbitt has three-game goal streak (4g) and four-game point streak (4g-8a).
• Ice Dogs rookie Brandon Schwartz is second on the team with 16 goals and 38 points.

Cincinnati Cyclones (28-21-4) at Stockton Thunder (24-18-10) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Thunder opens eight-game homestand and is 12-7-4 at home.
Mike Wirll has seven points (5g-2a) in seven games since being acquired by Cincinnati on Feb. 14.
• Stockton’s Nathan Martz had 14 assists in February and is sixth in the ECHL with 41 assists.
Jason Deitsch led the Cyclones in February with 12 assists and 15 points in 12 games.

Bakersfield Condors (32-13-8) at Alaska Aces (39-13-3) 7:15 p.m. AT
• Bakersfield has 15 points (6-1-3) in their last 10 games.
• Alaska has 41 points (20-6-1) at home, which ranks them third in the ECHL.
Kevin St. Jacques leads Condors against Alaska with four assists and seven points in six games.
• Aces’ Mike Scott (4g-4a) and Kimbi Daniels (3g-5a) have eight points in six games against Bakersfield.

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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.
* 322 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 177 have played their first NHL game in the last five seasons.
* 98 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.
* 19 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 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 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 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) and former Augusta goaltender Mike Wall (Anaheim on Nov. 26).
* 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.