ECHL Today – Mar. 29

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Elmira Jackals (38-22-7) at Dayton Bombers (28-28-11) 7 p.m. ET
• Elmira has won the last two meetings and is 2-1-0 on the road and 5-2-1 overall against Dayton.
• Dayton is 20-15-8 when they are out shot by their opponents.
Benoit Doucet leads the Jackals against Dayton with four goals and 11 points.
Mike Berry leads the Bombers against Elmira with six assists and seven points.

Mississippi Sea Wolves (26-39-3) at Augusta Lynx (32-33-4) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Augusta is 4-1-1, including 3-0-0 at home, this season and 11-7-2 all-time against Mississippi.
• Mississippi is 18-3-0 when leading after the second period.
• Lynx’s Bobby Goepfert is 2-0-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average in two games against Mississippi.
• Sea Wolves rookie Ryan Menei is on a seven-game point streak (4g-3a).

Wheeling Nailers (20-41-7) at Reading Royals (38-24-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Reading is 6-3-0, including 3-1-0 at home, this season against Wheeling and 33-25-6 all-time against the Nailers.
• Wheeling is out scoring their opponents 6-4 in the second period in their last five games.
Dany Roussin leads the Royals against Wheeling with eight assists and 13 points.
Kevin Croxton leads the Nailers against Reading with five goals, six assists and 11 points.

Columbia Inferno (31-28-10) at South Carolina Stingrays (43-22-3) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Columbia won 4-2 at South Carolina on Mar. 16 and is 3-6-0 this season and 28-28-6 all-time against the Stingrays.
• South Carolina is 13-5-3 in one-goal games including 4-2 in overtime and 3-1 in the shootout.
Jeff Miles leads the Inferno against South Carolina with five goals and 10 points.
• Rookie Travis Morin leads the Stingrays against Columbia with nine goals and 19 points.

Cincinnati Cyclones (52-10-5) at Johnstown Chiefs (32-30-5) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Johnstown won 4-3 in a shootout on Mar. 21 and is 1-8-0 this season and 16-21-6 all-time against Cincinnati.
• Cincinnati is 11-2-3 when trailing after the first period.
Randy Rowe leads the Chiefs against Cincinnati with six points (2g-4a).
Barret Ehgoetz leads the Cyclones against Johnstown with 14 points (5g-9a).

Gwinnett Gladiators (42-21-5) at Florida Everblades (36-24-8) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Florida won 4-1 on Friday and is 1-4-0 in the season series and 14-18-6 all-time against Gwinnett.
• Gwinnett is tied for fourth in the ECHL with 45 points (21-10-3) on the road.
• Everblades’ Preston Callander recorded his second hat trick of the season on Friday against Gwinnett.
Jeff Campbell scored a goal for the Gladiators on Friday against Florida.

Charlotte Checkers (33-28-6) at Texas Wildcatters (51-7-11) 7:05 p.m. CT
• Texas won 6-2 on Friday and is 6-0-0 in the season series and 10-3-3 all-time against Charlotte.
• Charlotte is out shooting their opponents 61-47 in the first period in their last five games.
• Wildcatters’ Kevin Baker recorded his first hat trick of the season on Friday and has five goals in his last two games.
Chris Capraro scored a goal and had an assist for the Checkers on Friday against Texas.

Utah Grizzlies (30-28-9) at Bakersfield Condors (23-36-9) 7 p.m. PT
• Bakersfield won 3-1 at Utah on Feb. 16 and is 2-3-0 this season and 12-6-0 all-time against the Grizzlies.
• Utah ranks sixth in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 19.3 percent (38-for-197).
Brett Lutes leads the Condors against Utah with five assists and six points.
Ryan Kinasewich leads the Grizzlies against Bakersfield with nine points (3g-6a).

Idaho Steelheads (38-22-9) at Fresno Falcons (39-20-8) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Fresno is 5-0-0, including 2-0-0 at home, this season against Idaho and is 16-19-4 all-time against the Steelheads.
• Idaho is on a four-game winning streak.
Brady Leisenring leads the Falcons against Idaho with six assists and eight points.
Lance Galbraith leads the Steelheads against Fresno with six assists and seven points.

Victoria Salmon Kings (40-22-5) at Stockton Thunder (25-39-3) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Victoria won 7-6 at Stockton on Mar. 26 and is 6-0-0 this season and 13-2-4 all-time against the Thunder.
• Stockton is 16-3-0 when leading after the second period.
• Salmon Kings’ Ash Goldie is on a five-game point streak (6g-5a).
• Thunder’s Ryan MacMurchy has four points (3g-1a) in his last two games.

Phoenix RoadRunners (22-37-9) at Alaska Aces (40-23-5) 7:15 p.m. AT
• Alaska won 3-2 on Friday and is 5-2-0 this season and 16-3-1 all-time against Phoenix.
• Phoenix is 94.1 percent (16-for-17) on the penalty kill in their last five games.
Matt Robinson, Kimbi Daniels and Josh Soares each scored goals for the Aces on Friday against Phoenix.
Gino Guyer had two assists for the RoadRunners on Friday against Alaska.

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

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

Dayton wins

OR

Dayton 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.