ECHL Today – Mar. 9

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Augusta Lynx (32-24-3) at Columbia Inferno (24-26-9) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Augusta ranks third in the ECHL with 18 shorthand goals.
• Columbia has nine points (4-0-1) in the last five games.
• Lynx’s Louis Goulet (3g-3a) and Dirk Southern (2g-4a) each have six points against Columbia.
• Inferno’s Jeff Miles had a goal and an assist on Thursday to extend his goal streak to seven games (10g).

Reading Royals (27-25-6) at South Carolina Stingrays (28-23-7) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Reading is 8-2-0 in the last 10 games.
• South Carolina is third in the ECHL on the power play at home with 21.4 percent (44-for-206).
• Royals’ Chris Bala has 40 points (17g-23a).
• Stingrays’ Peter Szabo has seven points (0g-7a) in four games in March.

Dayton Bombers (29-20-4) at Cincinnati Cyclones (30-22-4) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Dayton is on a five-game unbeaten streak.
• Cincinnati is tied for fourth in the ECHL on the penalty kill at home with 86.8 percent (158-for-182).
Tim Konsorada leads Bombers with six assists and eight points in nine games against Cincinnati.
• Cyclones’ Dov Grumet-Morris is 2-0-1 with a 1.95 goals-against average in three games against Dayton.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (18-37-3) at Florida Everblades (36-17-4) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Florida is fifth in the ECHL with 3.68 goals per game.
• Pensacola is 15-3-0 when leading after the second period.
• Everblades’ Craig Kowalski is 3-0-0 with a 2.33 goals-against average in three games against Pensacola.
• Ice Pilots’ Rob Rankin has team-leading four goals and seven points in seven games against Florida.

Wheeling Nailers (22-27-6) at Johnstown Chiefs (25-25-6) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Wheeling is 10th in the ECHL on the power play on the road with 17.0 percent (26-for-153).
• Johnstown is 11-7-2 when tied after the first period.
Sean Collins leads Nailers against Johnstown with 10 assists and 13 points in nine games.
• Chiefs’ Morgan Cey is 5-3-1 with a 2.64 goals-against average in nine games against Wheeling.

Toledo Storm (29-25-1) at Trenton Titans (28-24-5) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Trenton won 4-2 at Toledo on Mar. 3 to improve to 3-4-0 this season and 26-15-3 all-time against Storm.
• Toledo ranks fourth in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 86.0 percent (326-for-379).
Scott Bertoli leads Titans with four assists and eight points in seven games against Toledo.
• Storm’s Matt Zultek has team-leading five assists and eight points in seven games against Trenton.

Bakersfield Condors (34-13-10) at Utah Grizzlies (21-31-6) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Bakersfield is second in the ECHL with 36.04 shots per game.
• Utah is 11-0-1 when leading after the second period.
Kevin St. Jacques leads Condors against Utah with 10 assists and 11 points in five games.
• Utah’s Andy Sertich is fourth among ECHL rookie defensemen with 35 points (6g-29a).

Fresno Falcons (30-22-5) at Idaho Steelheads (33-19-5) 7:10 p.m. MT
• Idaho has 16 points (7-1-2) in the last 10 games.
• Fresno leads ECHL with 20 short hand goals and has given up a league low four shot hand goals.
• Steelheads’ Marty Flichel has team-leading three assists and four points in three games against Fresno.
John Morlang leads Falcons with 23 goals.

Texas Wildcatters (34-18-9) at Las Vegas Wranglers (33-11-14) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Texas leads the ECHL with 36.87 shots per game.
• Las Vegas ranks fifth in the ECHL on the power play with 18.8 percent (70-for-372).
• Wildcatters’ Mike Bayrack is on a five-game point streak (3g-4a).
• Wranglers’ Steve Crampton has seven points (0g-7a) in four games in March.

Victoria Salmon Kings (26-31-2) at Stockton Thunder (25-21-10) 7:30 p.m. PT
• Stockton won 2-1 in overtime against Victoria on Mar. 7 to give Victoria a 2-2-2 record this year and 5-3-3 all-time against Thunder.
• Stockton ranks eighth in the ECHL on the power play at home with 18.3 percent (40-for-218).
Wes Goldie leads Salmon Kings against Stockton with eight points (4g-4a) in six games.
• Thunder’s Cam Ellsworth is 1-1-0 with a 2.19 goals-against average in three games against Victoria.

Long Beach Ice Dogs (22-31-3) at Alaska Aces (41-13-4) 7:15 p.m. AT
• Alaska allows a league-low 2.45 goals-per game.
• Long beach is 14-1-0 when leading after the second period.
• Ice Dogs’ Ash Goldie has six points (4g-2a) in three games in March.
Peter Metcalf leads Aces against Long Beach with three goals and five points in three games.

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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.
* 325 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
* 180 have played their first NHL game in the last five seasons.
* 101 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.
* 22 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 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 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) 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.