ECHL Today – Mar. 8

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Wheeling Nailers (15-36-6) at Trenton Devils (21-30-7) 12 p.m. ET
• Trenton won 5-1 at Wheeling on Mar. 2 and is 5-2-1 in the season series and 34-25-7 all-time against the Nailers.
• Wheeling is 11-2-2 when leading after the second period.
Eric Castonguay leads the Devils against Wheeling with seven assists and eight points.
Kevin Croxton leads the Nailers against Trenton with four goals and eight points.

South Carolina Stingrays (36-21-3) at Columbia Inferno (27-23-10) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Columbia won 6-3 on Mar. 1 and is 2-4-0 in the season series and 27-26-6 all-time against South Carolina.
• South Carolina ranks sixth in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 19.1 percent (33-for-173).
Jeff Miles leads the Inferno against South Carolina with eight points (4g-4a).
• Stingrays’ Davis Parley is 2-1-0 with a 2.55 goals-against average in three games against Columbia.

Elmira Jackals (32-18-7) at Johnstown Chiefs (28-26-4) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Johnstown won 6-2 at Elmira on Mar. 2 and is 4-2-1 all-time against the Jackals.
• Elmira is tied for fourth in the ECHL with 37 points (16-8-5) on the road.
Ryan Garlock leads the Chiefs against Elmira with six goals and 11 points.
Benoit Doucet leads the Jackals against Johnstown with five assists and eight points.

Mississippi Sea Wolves (24-34-3) at Florida Everblades (33-20-7) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Florida won 3-2 on Friday and is 5-2-0 in the season series and 21-6-0 all-time against Mississippi.
• Mississippi is 12-4-0 when leading after the first period.
Preston Callander had two assists for the Everblades on Friday against Mississippi.
Torry Gajda had two assists for the Sea Wolves on Friday against Florida.

Reading Royals (33-19-5) at Cincinnati Cyclones (44-9-3) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Cincinnati won 5-4 on Friday and is 4-1-1 in the season series and 13-10-3 all-time against Reading.
• Reading is 13-4-5 in one-goal games, including 5-4 in overtime and 4-1 in shootouts.
• Cyclones’ David Desharnais extended his ECHL season-high point streak to 25 games (8g-36a) on Friday.
• Royals’ Joe Zappala had a goal on Friday against Cincinnati to extend his goal streak to seven games (8g).

Augusta Lynx (26-26-4) at Gwinnett Gladiators (35-18-5) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Gwinnett is 4-1-1, including 3-1-0 at home, in the season series and is 22-14-5 all-time against Augusta.
• Augusta is 20-11-3 when out shooting their opponents.
Jeff Campbell leads the Gladiators against Augusta with nine assists and 12 points.
Matt Auffrey leads the Lynx against Gwinnett with seven points (4g-3a).

Dayton Bombers (26-22-10) at Charlotte Checkers (28-24-6) 7:35 p.m. ET
• Charlotte is 3-0-0 in the season series against Dayton and is 12-5-1 all-time against the Bombers.
• Dayton is 11-4-2 when leading after the first period.
Mark Lee (3g-3a) and Bruce Graham (2g-4a) lead the Checkers against Dayton with six points each.
Mike Walsh (1g-1a) and Matt Beaudoin (2a) lead the Bombers against Charlotte with two points each.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (16-35-7) at Texas Wildcatters (45-6-9) 7:05 p.m. CT
• Texas won 7-4 on Friday and is 8-0-0 in the season series and 23-16-4 all-time against Pensacola.
• Pensacola is 7-4-2 when tied after the second period.
Troy Riddle had three goals and two assists for the Wildcatters on Friday against Pensacola.
Bryan Esner and Mathieu Roy each scored a goal and two assists for the Ice Pilots on Friday against Texas.

Idaho Steelheads (33-20-9) at Bakersfield Condors (18-32-9) 7 p.m. PT
• Idaho is 5-0-1, including 3-0-0 on the road, in the season series and is 22-10-3 all-time against Bakersfield.
• Rookie Mark Derlago leads Bakersfield with 29 goals.
Marty Flichel leads the Steelheads against Bakersfield with eight assists and 11 points.
• Condors’ Yutaka Fukufuji is 1-2-1 with a 2.67 goals-against average in five games against Idaho.

Phoenix RoadRunners (20-33-7) at Las Vegas Wranglers (37-11-12) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Las Vegas is 7-0-1, including 2-0-1 at home, in the season series and 21-2-3 all-time against Phoenix.
• Phoenix ranks fourth in the ECHL on the penalty kill on the road with 84.7 percent (150-for-177).
Tyler Mosienko leads the Wranglers against Phoenix with 10 assists and 14 points.
• RoadRunners’ Daniel Sisca has six points (4g-2a) in his last three games.

Victoria Salmon Kings (35-18-5) at Alaska Aces (33-20-5) 7:15 p.m. AT
• Alaska won 3-2 on Friday and is 4-3-0 in the season series and 28-6-4 all-time against Victoria.
• Victoria ranks fifth in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 21.2 percent (34-for-160).
Josh Soares and Peter Metcalf each had two assists for the Aces on Friday against Victoria.
Wes Goldie scored two goals for the Salmon Kings on Friday against Alaska.

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

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

Columbia wins AND Texas wins

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Longest Consecutive Point-Scoring Streak
38 – Trevor Jobe, Nashville, Dec. 19, 1992-Mar. 14, 1993 (112 points)
35 – Brian Martin, Hampton Roads, Oct. 30, 1990-Jan. 18, 1991 (points not available)
32 – Jamey Hicks, Birmingham, Dec. 30, 1997-Mar. 6, 1998 (65 points)
25 – David Desharnais, Cincinnati, Jan. 5-present (44 points)
– Mike Kompon, Reading, Nov. 26, 2005-Mar. 8, 2006 (40 points)

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.
350 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 21 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 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 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).
• 205 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.