ECHL Today – Mar. 26

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Wheeling Nailers (19-40-7) at Dayton Bombers (28-28-10) 7 p.m. ET
• Wheeling won 4-1 on Jan. 12 and is 4-4-1 in the season series and 79-52-16 all-time against Dayton.
• Dayton is 13-7-5 when tied after the first period.
Sean Collins leads the Nailers against Dayton with seven assists and nine points.
• Bombers’ Mike Berry has six points (1g-5a) in his last five games.

Trenton Devils (25-34-7) at Elmira Jackals (38-20-7) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Elmira has won the last two meetings and is 4-0-0 at home and 7-1-1 overall against Trenton.
• Trenton is 17-7-0 when scoring first.
Benoit Doucet leads the Jackals against Trenton with seven goals and 14 points.
• Defenseman Ryan Gunderson leads the Devils against Elmira with 10 assists and 10 points.

Mississippi Sea Wolves (26-37-3) at Columbia Inferno (30-27-10) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Columbia has won the last two meetings and is 2-2-1 in the season series and 4-3-2 all-time against Mississippi.
• Mississippi is 18-3-0 when leading after the second period.
Jeff Miles leads the Inferno against Columbia with seven points (3g-4a).
Jason Tejchma leads the Sea Wolves against Columbia with eight assists and eight points.

Gwinnett Gladiators (41-20-5) at Florida Everblades (35-23-8) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Gwinnett is 3-0-0 this season against Florida and 23-9-4 all-time against the Everblades.
• Florida ranks sixth in the ECHL with 47 points (22-5-3) at home.
• Gladiators’ Craig Kowalski is 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals-against average in three games against Florida.
• Everblades’ Derek Damon has 13 points (4g-9a) in his last 10 games.

Reading Royals (37-23-6) at Cincinnati Cyclones (50-10-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Cincinnati has won the last two meetings at home and is 5-1-1 this season and 14-10-3 all-time against Reading.
• Reading is 14-6-6 in one-goal games including 5-4 in overtime and 4-2 in the shootout.
David Desharnais leads the Cyclones against Reading with six assists and 11 points.
• Royals’ Dany Roussin has two goals, including a game-winning goal, and seven points in his last five games.

Las Vegas Wranglers (43-12-12) at Utah Grizzlies (30-28-8) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Las Vegas is 9-1-0, including 4-0-0 on the road, this season and 15-5-4 all-time against Utah.
• Utah is 5-4-2 when tied after the second period.
Peter Ferraro leads the Wranglers against Utah with 10 assists and 13 points.
• Grizzlies’ Ryan Kinasewich has 11 points (5g-6a) in his last 10 games.

Victoria Salmon Kings (39-21-5) at Stockton Thunder (25-37-3) 7 p.m. PT
• Salmon Kings are 5-0-0 this season against Stockton and 12-2-4 all-time against the Thunder.
• Stockton is 3-2-0 in their last five home games.
• Victoria’s Wes Goldie has 14 points (11g-3a) in his last 10 games.
Lance Monych leads the Thunder with 27 goals.

Phoenix RoadRunners (22-35-9) at Alaska Aces (38-23-5) 7:15 p.m. AT
• Phoenix won 5-1 at home on Mar. 2 and is 2-2-1 overall and 1-0-1 at Alaska this season.
• Alaska is 8-1-0 in their last nine home games.
Gino Guyer leads the RoadRunners against Alaska with six assists and eight points.
• Aces rookie Josh Soares is on an 11-game point streak (8g-10a).

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Johnstown can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Wednesday if:

Elmira wins in regulation

Dayton can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Wednesday if:

Dayton wins AND Elmira wins

Las Vegas can clinch the Pacific Division and National Conference on Wednesday if:

Las Vegas wins OR losses in overtime/shootout

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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.
352 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 23 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 Dayton and Elmira goaltender Dan LaCosta (Columbus on Mar. 25), 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).
• 207 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.