ECHL Today – Mar. 31

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Dayton Bombers (36-22-8) at Johnstown Chiefs (30-31-6) 7:00 p.m. ET
• Dayton leads series 6-2-1 this season and is 69-43-17 all time against Johnstown.
• Johnstown is 17-11-3 when scoring first.
• Bombers’ Joe Cullen has nine points (4g-5a) in nine games against Johnstown.
• Chiefs’ Ryan Munce is 1-1-0 with a 2.27 goals-against average in three games against Dayton.

Columbia Inferno (27-32-9) at Charlotte Checkers (38-25-3) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Charlotte leads series 5-2-0 this season and is 21-19-3 all time against Columbia.
• Columbia is ninth in the ECHL with 33.69 shots per game.
Blake Bellefeuille has team-leading nine points (3g-6a) in six games against Columbia.
• Inferno’s Owen Fussey (6g-4a) and Bryan Rodney (2g-8a) each have 10 points in their last 10 games.

Cincinnati Cyclones (35-27-5) at Wheeling Nailers (30-31-6) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Wheeling won 5-4 against Cincinnati on Friday to lead series 6-4-0 this season and 26-10-2 overall.
• Cincinnati is third in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 86.3 percent (378-for-438).
• Nailers’ Sean Collins had two goals and an assist on Friday against Cincinnati.
Jason Deitsch had a goal and two assists for the Cyclones on Friday against Wheeling.

Trenton Titans (33-29-5) at Toledo Storm (35-29-3) 7:35 p.m. PT
• Toledo is sixth in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 85.1 percent (370-for-435).
• Trenton ranks sixth in the ECHL on the power play with 18.0 percent (73-for-405).
• Storm’s Matt Zultek has team-leading 10 points (3g-7a) in nine games against Trenton.
Scott Bertoli leads Titans with six assists and 11 points in nine games against Toledo.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (19-43-6) at Gwinnett Gladiators (39-22-7) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Gwinnett scored two power-play goals on Friday tying the ECHL season record of 115 power-play goals.
• Pensacola is 16-4-1 when leading after the second period.
• Gladiators’ Scott Mifsud has 15 points (6g-9a) in eight games against Pensacola.
David Wrigley leads Ice Pilots against Gwinnett with eight assists and 11 points in seven games.

South Carolina Stingrays (35-25-9) at Augusta Lynx (38-27-3) 7:35 p.m. ET
• South Carolina won 4-1 at Augusta on Friday to lead series 5-3-2 this season and 38-21-11 overall.
• Augusta ranks third in the ECHL with 20 shorthanded goals.
• Stingrays’ Matt W. Reid had three assists on Friday against Augusta.
Garett Bembridge had the only goal for the Lynx on Friday against South Carolina.

Florida Everblades (40-21-6) at Texas Wildcatters (39-20-9) 7:05 p.m. CT
• Texas won 3-2 against Florida on Friday to lead series 6-2-1 this season and 7-4-2 overall.
• Florida ranks fifth in the ECHL with 3.67 goals per game.
• Wildcatters’ Brandin Cote had two goals on Friday against Florida.
• Everblades’ Adam Taylor and Dustin Johner each had a goal on Friday against Texas.

Victoria Salmon Kings (32-32-4) at Utah Grizzlies (22-38-8) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Victoria won 4-3 in overtime Friday and is 4-2-0 in season series and 7-8-0 all time against Utah.
• Utah is 11-0-2 when leading after the second period.
• Salmon Kings’ Kiel McLeod had a goal and two assists on Friday against Utah.
• Grizzlies’ Danny Stewart, Matt Craig and Travis Rycroft each had a goal on Friday against Victoria.

Long Beach Ice Dogs (25-39-3) at Idaho Steelheads (38-24-6) 7:10 p.m. MT
• Long Beach won 4-3 in a shootout Friday and is 2-3-0 in season series and 10-19-2 all time against Idaho.
• Idaho is second in the ECHL with 28.13 shots against per game.
• Ice Dogs’ Alexei Smirnov had two assists on Friday against Idaho.
Tuomas Mikkonen had two goals for the Steelheads on Friday against Long Beach.

Stockton Thunder (35-22-10) at Bakersfield Condors (41-16-11) 7:00 p.m. PT
• Bakersfield ranks ninth in the ECHL on the power play with 16.5 percent (86-for-521).
• Stockton is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 2.78 goals against per game.
• Condors’ Brett Lutes has 17 points (9g-8a) in 15 games in March.
• Thunder’s Brock Radunske has 28 points (13g-15a) in 14 games in March.

Alaska Aces (46-15-7) at Las Vegas Wranglers (41-12-14) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Las Vegas won 2-1 in overtime on Friday and is 5-0-0 in season series and 18-12-1 all time against Alaska.
• Alaska is 35-5-4 when scoring first.
• Wranglers’ Tyler Mosienko scored the game-winning goal and had an assist on Friday.
Joe Talbot had the only goal for the Aces on Friday against Las Vegas.

Phoenix RoadRunners (26-36-5) at Fresno Falcons (34-26-8) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Phoenix is 18-5-0 when leading after the second period.
• Fresno ranks fourth in the ECHL with 2.71 goals against per games.
• RoadRunners’ Olivier Latendresse has five points (2g-3a) in his last five games.
John Morlang leads Falcons against Phoenix with six goals and nine points in six games.

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Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

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

Cincinnati wins OR loses in overtime/shootout OR Toledo wins

Toledo can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Saturday 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.