ECHL Today – Mar. 23

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Johnstown Chiefs (27-29-6) at Dayton Bombers (33-22-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Dayton has won three out of their last five games and has 14 points (6-2-2) in their last 10 games.
• Johnstown is 17-3-2 when leading after the second period.
• Bombers’ Brent Walton has team-leading five goals and eight points in five games against Johnstown.
• Chiefs’ Randy Rowe and Dmitri Tarabrin each have five points (3g-2a) in four games against Dayton.

Columbia Inferno (25-29-9) at Florida Everblades (38-20-6) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Florida is fifth in the ECHL with 3.69 goals per game.
• Columbia ranks sixth in the ECHL with 33.90 shots per game.
• Everblades’ Craig Kowalski is 3-1-1 with a 1.58 goals-against average in five games against Columbia.
Luke Fulghum leads Inferno against Florida with five assists and eight points in seven games.

Trenton Titans (31-27-5) at Wheeling Nailers (26-31-6) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Trenton is tied for seventh in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 18.0 percent (31-for-172).
• Wheeling has six points (3-2-0) in their last five games and is 5-4-1 in their last 10 games.
• Titans’ Troy Riddle (4g-4a) and Jim Henkel (2g-6a) have eight points in eight games against Wheeling.
Jordan Cameron leads Nailers against Trenton with five goals and 11 points in eight games.

Charlotte Checkers (35-24-3) at Augusta Lynx (35-26-3) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Charlotte ranks second in the ECHL in the penalty kill on the road with 88.1 percent (199-for-226).
• Augusta is sixth in the ECHL with 3.63 goals per game.
Nathan Gillies leads Checkers against Augusta with eight assists and 11 points in eight games.
Ryan Lang leads Lynx against Charlotte with five goals, six assists and 11 points in six games.

Reading Royals (30-29-6) at Toledo Storm (33-28-2) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Toledo is fourth in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 86.1 percent (358-for-416).
• Reading is 19-2-3 when leading after the second period.
• Storm’s Chris Blight and Andrew R. Martin each have six points (3g-3a) against Reading.
• Royals’ Chris Bala has seven points (2g-5a) in six games against Toledo.

Gwinnett Gladiators (38-19-7) at Texas Wildcatters (36-20-9) 7:30 p.m. CT
• Gwinnett has won four out of its last five games and is 7-2-1 in the last 10 games.
• Texas is sixth in the ECHL on the power play at home with 19.2 percent (44-for-229).
Brad Schell leads Gladiators against Texas with 10 assists and 12 points in six games.
• Wildcatters’ Kevin Baker has team-leading six points (2g-4a) in five games against Gwinnett.

Stockton Thunder (31-22-10) at Utah Grizzlies (22-35-7) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Utah is 12-6-7 in one-goal games.
• Stockton has won its last four games and is 7-1-0 in its last eight games.
• Grizzlies’ Andy Sertich has a four-game assist streak (4a) and eight points (1g-7a) in his last seven games.
Nathan Martz leads Thunder against Utah with seven assists and eight points in five games.

Alaska Aces (46-14-5) at Idaho Steelheads (35-24-5) 7:10 p.m. MT
• Idaho ranks seventh in the ECHL on the power play at home with 18.6 percent (39-for-210).
• Alaska is third in the ECHL on the penalty kill on the road with 86.4 percent (204-for-236).
• Steelheads’ Marty Flichel has three points (0g-3a) in four games against Alaska.
• Aces’ Derek Gustafson is 2-0-1 with a 1.98 goals-against average in three games against Idaho.

Las Vegas Wranglers (38-12-14) at Bakersfield Condors (40-14-10) 7:00 p.m. PT
• Las Vegas has won its last five games and has 15 points (7-2-1) in the last 10 games.
• Bakersfield ranks second in the ECHL with 3.84 goals per game.
Steve Crampton leads Wranglers against Bakersfield with four goals and six points in five games.
• Condors’ Jamie Hodson is 3-1-0 with a 1.76 goals-against average in four games against Las Vegas.

Long Beach Ice Dogs (24-36-3) at Victoria Salmon Kings (28-32-4) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Victoria is seventh in the ECHL on the power play with 17.1 percent (71-for-414).
• Long Beach ranks 10th in the ECHL with 12 shorthanded goals.
• Salmon Kings’ Wes Goldie has team-leading eight goals and 13 points in seven games against Long Beach.
Jeff Mason leads Ice Dogs against Victoria with seven points (3g-4a) in seven games.

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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.