ECHL Today – Mar. 4

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Longest Home Winning Streak
18 – South Carolina Stingrays, Dec. 23, 1994-Mar. 19, 1995
17 – Wheeling Thunderbirds, Nov. 24, 1994-Feb. 8, 1995
15 – Louisiana IceGators, Feb. 4-Mar. 25, 2000
14 – seven times, most recent; Alaska Aces, Jan. 6, 2007 to present

Toledo Storm (29-23-1) at Johnstown Chiefs (24-24-6) 3:00 p.m. ET
* Storm won 3-0 at Toledo on Jan. 21 and is 4-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 on the road against Chiefs in 2006-07.
* Doug Andress (2g-3a) and Zbynek Hrdel (2g-3a) lead Chiefs against Toledo with five points each.
* Matt Zultek leads Toledo with three goals and six points in six games against Johnstown.
* Johnstown’s Morgan Cey is 2-1-1 with goals-against average of 2.47 in his last four games.

Florida Everblades (35-17-3) at Charlotte Checkers (29-21-3) 4:00 p.m. ET
* Everblades are 5-2-0 in season series to improve to 18-9-2 all-time against Checkers.
* Blake Bellefeuille leads Checkers against Florida with six goals and 10 points in seven games.
* Reggie Berg leads Everblades against Charlotte with six goals, eight assists and 14 points in seven games.
* Checkers’ Chris Holt is 2-1-0 with goals against of 2.29 and save percentage of .939 in last three games.

Trenton Titans (27-23-5) at Dayton Bombers (28-20-4) 5:05 p.m. ET
* Titans have won last two meetings and are 3-0-0 at Dayton and 5-2-2 overall against Bombers in 2006-07.
* Bombers’ Terry Denike is 4-0-0 with goals-against average of 1.75 in his last four starts.
* Trenton’s Joel Martin is 3-2-0 with goals-against average of 1.81 in five starts against Bombers.
* Dayton’s Yannick Tifu has nine points (3g-6a) in last two games and 15 points (4g-11a) in last six games.

Reading Royals (26-25-6) at Wheeling Nailers (21-27-5) 6:00 p.m. ET
* Royals have won last two meetings by one goal to improve to 4-5-0 against Nailers in 2006-07.
* Wheeling is 5-3-1 against Reading in 2006-07 and 27-21-5 all-time against Royals.
* Chris Bala leads Royals against Wheeling with seven goals and 13 points in eight games.
* Nailers’ Ned Havern scored in all three games (2g-2a) since being reassigned from Providence on Feb. 28.

Long Beach Ice Dogs (21-31-3) at Stockton Thunder (24-20-10) 4:00 p.m. PT
* Stockton is 3-0-0 at home and 5-2-0 overall against Ice Dogs in 2006-07.
* Long Beach has won last two meetings to improve to 6-4-2 all-time against Thunder.
* Thunder’s Cam Ellsworth is 3-1-0 with goals-against average of 2.00 against Long Beach.
* Ash Goldie has eight points in six games against Stockton, including team-leading four goals.

Cincinnati Cyclones (30-21-4) at Fresno Falcons (29-21-5) 5:00 p.m. PT
* Luke Curtin scored season-high three goals and five points in Fresno’s 5-0 win against Cyclones on Mar. 2.
* Cincinnati’s Barret Ehgoetz has five points (3g-2a) in his last two games.
* Fresno’s John Morlang has nine points (4g-5a) in his last four games.
* Cyclones’ Dov Grumet-Morris is 2-0-0 with goals-against average of 2.00 and 69 saves in last two starts.

South Carolina Stingrays (27-21-7) at Pensacola Ice Pilots (17-37-3) 6:05 p.m. CT
* Stingrays have won last two meetings to improve to 5-1-0 in 2006-07 and 17-7-2 all-time against Ice Pilots.
* Ice Pilots’ Sergei Ogorodnikov has 33 points (13g-20a) in 33 games, including two assists on Saturday.
* Matt W. Reid had a hat trick on Saturday and leads South Carolina with 22 goals.
* David Wrigley has 36 points (14g-22a) in 31 games since being acquired by Pensacola on Nov. 28.

Bakersfield Condors (32-13-10) at Alaska Aces (41-13-3) 5:05 p.m. AT
* Aces have won last three meetings at Alaska in a shootout and are 5-3-0 overall against Condors in 2006-07.
* Bakersfield is 1-0-3 at Alaska and 3-2-3 overall in 2006-07 and 14-12-5 all-time against the Aces.
* Kimbi Daniels leads the Aces against Bakersfield with nine assists and 12 points in eight games.
* Brett Lutes and Kevin St. Jacques lead the Condors against Alaska with six assists and nine points each.

Longest Home Winning Streak

18 – South Carolina Stingrays, Dec. 23, 1994-Mar. 19, 1995
17 – Wheeling Thunderbirds, Nov. 24, 1994-Feb. 8, 1995
15 – Louisiana IceGators, Feb. 4-Mar. 25, 2000
14 – seven times, most recent; Alaska Aces, Jan. 6, 2007 to present

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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.