ECHL Today – Mar. 3

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Florida Everblades (35-17-2) at Columbia Inferno (21-26-9) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Florida ranks third in the ECHL with 35 points (17-8-1) on the road.
• Columbia is 15-1-3 when leading after the second period.
Reggie Berg leads Everblades with five assists and seven points in six games against Columbia.
• Inferno’s Luke Fulghum has team-leading five assists and eight points in six games against Florida.

Dayton Bombers (27-20-4) at Reading Royals (26-24-6) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Reading won 3-2 against Johnstown on Mar. 2 to extend their winning streak to six games.
• Dayton is tied for ninth in the ECHL with 30 points (14-11-2) on the road.
Shawn Collymore leads Royals against Dayton with four assists and six points in six games.
• Bombers’ Yannick Tifu has team-leading eight assists and nine points in six games against Reading.

Johnstown Chiefs (24-24-5) at Wheeling Nailers (20-27-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Johnstown is tied for fifth in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 18.2 percent (27-for-148).
• Wheeling is 80.4 percent (45-for-56) on the penalty kill in their last 10 games.
• Chiefs’ Randy Rowe leads team with 10 points (4g-6a) in eight games against Wheeling.
Sean Collins leads the Nailers with 10 assists and 13 points in eight games against Johnstown.

Charlotte Checkers (29-20-3) at Augusta Lynx (31-23-3) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Charlotte ranks second in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 87.0 percent (308-for-354).
• Augusta is fourth in the ECHL with 3.74 goals per game.
• Checkers’ Nathan Gillies has team-leading six assists and eight points in six games against Augusta.
Mike Erickson leads Lynx against Charlotte with six points (3g-3a) in five games.

Trenton Titans (26-23-5) at Toledo Storm (29-22-1) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Toledo beat Trenton 4-3 on Mar. 2 and is 4-1-1 in season series and 18-21-4 all time.
• Trenton is 8-4-2 when tied after the second period.
• Storm’s Matt Zultek, Chris Blight and Bruce Mulherin had a goal and an assist on Mar. 2 against Trenton.
• Titans’ Scott Bertoli had two goals on Mar. 2 to lead the team with seven points (3g-4a) against Toledo.

South Carolina Stingrays (26-21-7) at Pensacola Ice Pilots (17-36-3) 7:05 p.m. CT
• South Carolina is fourth in the ECHL with 34.64 shots per game.
• Pensacola is 14-3-0 when leading after the second period.
Brendan Bernakevitch leads Stingrays with eight points (4g-4a) in five games against Pensacola.
• Ice Pilots’ Rob Rankin is on an 11-game assist streak (11a).

Texas Wildcatters (31-18-9) at Utah Grizzlies (21-30-5) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Utah beat Texas 6-2 on Mar. 2 to lead series 2-0-0.
• Texas leads the ECHL in shots per game with 36.97.
• Grizzlies’ Bill Kinkel and Jimmie Kraft each had two goals against Texas on Mar. 2.
Mike Bayrack leads Wildcatters with two goals and three points in two games against Utah.

Idaho Steelheads (31-18-5) at Long Beach Ice Dogs (20-31-3) 7:00 p.m. PT
• Idaho won 5-3 at Long Beach on Mar. 2 to lead series 2-0-0 this season and 20-4-4 all time.
• Long Beach is 25.0 percent (14-for-56) on the power play in their last 10 games.
• Steelheads’ Lance Galbraith had four assists on Mar. 2 against Long Beach.
• Ice Dogs’ Ash Goldie had a goal and an assist on Mar. 2 against Idaho.

Phoenix RoadRunners (24-28-5) at Las Vegas Wranglers (33-10-13) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Las Vegas beat Phoenix 6-2 on Mar. 2 to lead series 4-1-1 this season and 12-1-2 all time.
• RoadRunners are tied for eighth in the ECHL on the power play with 17.3 percent (71-for-410).
• Wranglers’ Shawn Limpright had season-high four points (1g-3a) on Mar. 2 against Phoenix.
• Phoenix’s Lance Monych has team-leading five assists and seven points in six games against Las Vegas.

Victoria Salmon Kings (25-31-1) at Fresno Falcons (29-21-4) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Victoria won 3-1 at Fresno on Mar. 2 to improve to 3-4-0 this season and 7-13-1 all time.
• Fresno leads the ECHL with 20 shorthand goals.
• Salmon Kings’ Julien Ellis is 3-0-0 with a 2.33 goals-against average in three games against Fresno.
Luke Curtin leads the Falcons with nine points (2g-7a) in seven games against Victoria.

Cincinnati Cyclones (29-21-4) at Stockton Thunder (24-19-10) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Cincinnati won 6-2 at Stockton on Mar. 2 in the first-ever meeting between the two teams.
• Stockton is tied for eighth in the ECHL on the power play at home with 18.1 percent (36-for-199).
• Cyclones’ Jean-Michel Daoust had two goals on Mar. 2 against Stockton.
• Thunder’s Beau Geisler and Jason Beckett each had a goal on Mar. 2 against Cincinnati.

Bakersfield Condors (32-13-9) at Alaska Aces (40-13-3) 7:15 p.m. AT
• Alaska won 3-2 in a shootout on Mar. 2 and is 4-3-0 in season series and 16-13-2 all time against Condors.
• Bakersfield ranks second in the ECHL with 36.15 shots per game.
• Aces’ Kimbi Daniels had two assists on Mar. 2 against Bakersfield.
• Condors’ Sean Venedam had a goal and an assist on Mar. 2 against Alaska.

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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.
* 323 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 178 have played their first NHL game in the last five seasons.
* 99 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.
* 20 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), former Reading left wing Shay Stephenson (Los Angeles on Mar. 1) 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.