ECHL Today – Mar. 22

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Gwinnett Gladiators (41-19-5) at Augusta Lynx (29-32-4) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Gladiators have won the last four meetings and are 3-0-1 on the road and 7-1-1 overall this year against Augusta.
* Chase Watson leads the Lynx against Gwinnett with six goals and nine points in nine games.
* Jeff Campbell leads the Gladiators against Augusta with 11 assists and 16 points in nine games.
* Augusta rookie Matt Christie has nine points (1g-8a) in his last six games.

Trenton Devils (25-33-7) at Reading Royals (36-22-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Royals have won the last three meetings and are 2-0-2 at home and 5-3-2 overall against the Devils this season.
* Trenton rookie Jason Smith is 4-1-0 with two shutouts and an 0.80 goals-against average in his last five starts.
* Reading’s John Murray posted a shutout in his first pro start making 38 saves in a 2-0 win at Elmira on Friday.
* Devil rookie Tony Zancanaro has nine points (5g-4a) in his last six games.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (16-41-8) at Columbia Inferno (30-26-10) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Inferno have won the last four meetings and are 3-0-0 at home and 5-1-0 overall this season against Pensacola.
* Pensacola rookie Patrick Bordeleau has four points (3g-1a) in his last five games.
* Columbia rookie Jeff Jakaitis is 3-1-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 1.75 against the Ice Pilots.
* Ice Pilot rookie Luke Erickson has five points (2g-3a) in his last five games.

Cincinnati Cyclones (49-10-5) at Wheeling Nailers (18-39-7) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Cyclones have won the last seven games and are 4-1-0 on the road and 9-1-0 overall this year against Wheeling.
* Wheeling rookie Curtis Darling recorded his first career shutout Friday making 38 saves in 1-0 win at Trenton.
* David Desharnais leads the Cyclones against Wheeling with 16 assists and 22 points in nine games.
* Rookie Aaron Clarke leads the Nailers in March with six goals and seven points in 10 games.

Dayton Bombers (27-27-10) at Elmira Jackals (37-20-7) 7:35 p.m. ET
* Jackals won 5-3 at home on Mar. 20 to improve to 2-1-1 at home and 4-2-1 overall against Dayton.
* Bomber rookie Jeremy Duchesne is 2-0-1 with a goals-against average of 1.89 in three starts against Elmira.
* Elmira rookie Ervins Mustukovs is 5-0-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 2.40 in his last five starts.
* Mike Berry leads the Bombers against Elmira with six assists and six points in seven games.

Texas Wildcatters (49-7-10) at Mississippi Sea Wolves (25-36-3) 7:05 p.m. CT
* Mississippi’s Brandon Scero scored two goals in his first professional game on Friday.
* Texas rookie defenseman Cleve Kinley has a four-game point streak (1g-4a) and a three-game assist streak (4a).
* Mississippi’s Stanislav Lascek has two game-winning goals and seven points (4g-3a) in his last five games.
* Kevin Baker (6g-4a) and Brandon Benedict (3g-7a) lead the Wildcatters in scoring against Mississippi.

Stockton Thunder (25-36-3) at Idaho Steelheads (36-22-9) 7:10 p.m. MT
* Steelheads’ John Lammers has a five-game point streak (4g-3a) and a four-game goal streak (4g).
* Stockton rookie Fredrik Johansson has four points (2g-2a) in his last three games.
* Idaho rookie Kellen Briggs is 2-0-0 with a shutout and a goals-against average of 1.00 in his last two starts.
* Thunder’s Glenn Fisher is 2-2-0 with a goals-against average of 2.26 against Idaho.

Utah Grizzlies (30-28-7) at Victoria Salmon Kings (38-21-5) 7:00 p.m. PT
* Ash Goldie leads the Salmon Kings against Utah with four goals and nine points in eight games.
* Utah’s Nathan Lawson is 2-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.19 in his last four games.
* Victoria’s Jacob Dietrich had career high two goals, one assist and three points in his second pro game on Friday.
* Grizzlies are 14-6-6 in one-goal games including 5-1 in overtime and 4-6 in shootouts.

Bakersfield Condors (20-36-9) at Fresno Falcons (39-17-8) 7:30 p.m. PT
* Fresno’s Jake Moreland is 4-1-0 with a goals-against average of 2.69 in five starts against Bakersfield.
* Bakersfield’s Steve Slonina has six points (3g-3a) in his last four games.
* Rookie Igor Gongalsky leads the Falcons against Bakersfield with seven goals and nine points in seven games.
* Condors’ Andrew Ianiero has a five-game point streak (1g-4a) and a two-game assist streak (2a).

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

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

Mississippi wins OR loses in overtime/shootout OR Columbia wins

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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.
351 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 22 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 Columbia left wing Alex Foster (Toronto on Mar. 18), 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).
• 206 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.