ECHL Today – Mar. 30

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Gwinnett Gladiators (39-21-7) at Columbia Inferno (26-32-9) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Gwinnett leads ECHL with 113 power-play goals, two shy of the ECHL record for power-play goals.
• Columbia ranks third in the ECHL on the penalty kill at home with 87.0 percent (174-for-200).
• Gladiators’ Scott Mifsud has team-leading nine assists and 13 points in nine games against Columbia.
• Inferno’s Jeff Miles has a 10-game point streak (10g-11a) and a three-game assist streak (5a).

Dayton Bombers (35-22-8) at Reading Royals (30-31-7) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Dayton is second in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 19.7 percent (35-for-178).
• Reading is 19-2-3 when leading after the second period.
Yannick Tifu leads Bombers against Reading with 12 assists and 15 points in nine games.
• Royals’ Joe Zappala has team-leading five goals and eight points in nine games against Dayton.

Toledo Storm (35-28-3) at Johnstown Chiefs (29-31-6) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Toledo ranks ninth in the ECHL with 3.03 goals against per game.
• Johnstown is 11-6-6 in one-goal games, including 3-3 in overtime and 5-3 in shootouts.
• Storm’s Logan Koopmans is 3-0-0 with a 2.30 goals-against average in three games against Johnstown.
Zbynek Hrdel leads Chiefs with four goals and eight points in eight games against Toledo.

Cincinnati Cyclones (35-26-5) at Wheeling Nailers (29-31-6) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Wheeling is on a six-game winning streak and has won seven of its last 10 games.
• Cincinnati is second in the ECHL on the penalty kill on the road with 87.5 percent (196-for-224).
• Nailers’ Jordan Cameron has team-leading seven assists and nine points in nine games against Cincinnati.
Jean-Michel Daoust leads Cyclones against Wheeling with 10 points (5g-5a) in nine games.

South Carolina Stingrays (34-25-9) at Augusta Lynx (38-26-3) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Augusta is on a five-game winning streak and has won seven out of its last 10 games.
• South Carolina is 24-6-3 when scoring first.
• Lynx’s Louis Goulet has 14 points (5g-9a) in 11 games in March.
• Stingrays’ Davis Parley is 4-1-3 with a 2.43 goals-against average in eight games against Augusta.

Florida Everblades (40-20-6) at Texas Wildcatters (38-20-9) 7:30 p.m. CT
• Texas ranks fifth in the ECHL on the power play at home with 19.3 percent (47-for-244).
• Florida is tied for sixth in the ECHL on the penalty kill on the road with 85.0 percent (176-for-207).
• Wildcatters’ Mike Bayrack has team-leading 10 points (5g-5a) in eight games against Florida.
• Everblades’ Vince Bellissimo has 15 points (7g-8a) in 13 games in March.

Victoria Salmon Kings (31-32-4) at Utah Grizzlies (22-38-7) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Victoria is on a four-game winning streak and has 15 points (6-1-3) in the last 10 games.
• Utah is 12-6-7 in one-goal games, including 1-3 in overtime and 3-4 in shootouts.
Milan Gajic leads Salmon Kings against Utah with eight assists and 11 points in six games.
Joel Irving scored Grizzlies only goal in 7-1 loss to Victoria on Mar. 28.

Long Beach Ice Dogs (24-39-3) at Idaho Steelheads (38-24-5) 7:10 p.m. MT
• Idaho won 5-2 on Mar. 28 and is 3-1-0 in season series and 21-5-4 all-time against Long Beach.
• Long Beach is 12-8-2 when scoring first.
• Steelheads’ Tuomas Mikkonen had a goal and two assists in 5-2 win on Mar. 28.
Ash Goldie leads Ice Dogs against Idaho with four goals and five points in four games.

Alaska Aces (46-15-6) at Las Vegas Wranglers (40-12-14) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Las Vegas is on a seven-game winning streak and has 15 points (7-2-1) in the last 10 games.
• Alaska is third in the ECHL with 46 points (21-9-4) on the road.
• Wranglers’ Aki Seitsonen has team-leading four goals and eight points in four games against Alaska.
• Aces’ Derek Gustafson is 6-1-1 with a 1.94 goals-against average in eight games in March.

Bakersfield Condors (40-16-11) at Fresno Falcons (34-25-8) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Bakersfield ranks second in the ECHL with 47 points (19-6-9) on the road.
• Fresno is 25-2-4 when leading after the second period.
• Condors’ Jamie Hodson is 4-0-2 with a 2.28 goals-against average in six games against Fresno.
• Falcons’ Luke Curtin ranks fourth in the ECHL with 54 assists and eighth with 74 points.

Phoenix RoadRunners (26-35-5) at Stockton Thunder (34-22-10) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Stockton is on a seven-game winning streak and has won nine out of its last 10 games.
• Phoenix ranks ninth in the ECHL on the power play with 16.8 percent (77-for-459).
• Thunder’s Colin Pepperall (6g-11a) and Brock Radunske (11g-13a) each has a 10-game point streak.
• RoadRunners rookie Olivier Latendresse has six points (3g-3a) in six games in March.

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Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Texas can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:

Texas wins OR loses in overtime/shootout OR Augusta wins

Cincinnati can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:

Cincinnati wins OR loses in overtime/shootout OR Toledo wins

Toledo can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:

Toledo wins

OR

Toledo loses in overtime/shootout AND Dayton wins AND Cincinnati wins

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.
* 328 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 183 have played their first NHL game in the last five seasons.
* 105 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.
* 25 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 Dayton left wing Riley Cote (Philadelphia on Mar. 24), 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.