ECHL Today – Mar. 9

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Johnstown Chiefs (28-26-5) at Trenton Devils (21-31-7) 4 p.m. ET
* Chiefs are 3-1-0 on the road and 6-2-0 overall in the season series and 36-33-11 all-time against Trenton.
* Trenton’s Jim Henkel has a five-game goal streak (6g) and a five-game point streak (6g-2a).
* Johnstown’s Ryan Nie is 4-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.92 against the Devils.
* Devils’ Stephen Wood (4g-3a) and Eric Castonguay (2g-5a) have seven points in seven games against the Chiefs.

Gwinnett Gladiators (36-18-5) at Augusta Lynx (27-26-4) 4:05 p.m. ET
* Gwinnett has won the last two meetings and is 5-1-1 in the season series and 23-14-5 all-time against the Lynx.
* Louis Goulet leads Augusta at home with 20 assists and 29 points in 27 games.
* Gladiators’ Chad Painchaud scored his first career hat trick in 8-3 win against Augusta on Saturday.
* Rookie Bobby Bolt leads the Lynx in the last 10 games with four assists and eight points.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (16-36-7) at Texas Wildcatters (46-6-9) 4:05 p.m. CT
* Texas is 9-0-0 in season series and has won the last 11 meetings to improve to 24-16-4 all-time against Pensacola.
* Rookie Adam Hobson leads the Ice Pilots in scoring the last five games with seven points (3g-4a).
* John McNabb leads the Wildcatters against Pensacola with seven goals and 15 points in nine games.
* Pensacola rookie Bryan Esner has four assists and five points in his last two games.

Reading Royals (33-19-6) at Wheeling Nailers (16-36-6) 6:05 p.m. ET
* Royals have won the last two meetings to improve to 3-1-0 at Wheeling and 5-2-0 overall in season series.
* Kevin Croxton leads the Nailers against Reading with six assists and 10 points in seven games.
* Reading’s Joe Zappala has tied the ECHL season high with an eight-game goal streak (10g).
* Sean Collins leads Wheeling at home with 25 assists and 32 points in 24 games.

Fresno Falcons (33-15-8) at Utah Grizzlies (30-23-7) 4:05 p.m. PT
* Falcons have won the last three meetings at Utah and are 3-1-0 on the road and 5-3-0 overall in the season series.
* Grizzlies’ defenseman Jeff Dwyer has a three-game point streak (1g-2a).
* Fresno’s Jake Moreland is 2-0-1 with a goals-against average of 1.72 in four games against Utah.
* Utah’s Evan Kotsopoulos has scored in each of his first two games (1g-1a) since being acquired from Bakersfield.

Victoria Salmon Kings (35-19-5) at Alaska Aces (34-20-5) 5:05 p.m. AT
* Alaska’s Mike Brown is 6-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.33 in his last six starts.
* Victoria’s Wes Goldie has a four-game goal streak (6g) and a four-game point streak (6g-0a).
* Alaska’s Brett Hemingway has two game-winning goals and eight points (4g-4a) in his last four games.
* Jordan Krestanovich leads Victoria on the road with 24 assists and 30 points in 29 games.

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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)
26 – David Desharnais, Cincinnati, Jan. 5-present (45 points)
25 – Mike Kompon, Reading, Nov. 26, 2005-Mar. 8, 2006 (40 points)

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Reading can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Sunday if:

Reading wins AND Johnstown wins

Elmira can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Sunday if:

Johnstown wins in regulation

Charlotte can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Sunday if:

Texas wins

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

Texas wins in regulation

Utah can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Sunday if:

Utah wins

Texas can clinch the South Division on Sunday if:

Texas wins AND Augusta wins

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.