ECHL Today – Nov. 23

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Columbia Inferno (6-7-2) at Reading Royals (8-6-1) 7:05 ET
• Columbia is tied for sixth in the ECHL with 3.67 goals per game.
• Reading is 3-1-1 at home this season.
• Inferno’s Jeff Miles is tied for fourth in the ECHL with 20 points (10g-10a).
Chris Blight leads the Royals with eight goals and 13 points.

Gwinnett Gladiators (9-3-1) at South Carolina Stingrays (7-6-1) 7:05 ET
• Gwinnett won 4-1 on Nov. 16 to lead series with South Carolina 1-0-0 this season and 22-8-2 all-time.
• South Carolina ranks eight in the ECHL on the power play at home with 22.9 percent (8-for-35).
• Gladiators’ Lou Dickenson leads the team with three assists and three points against Gwinnett.
Travis Morin scored the only goal for the Stingrays on Nov. 16 against Gwinnett.

Wheeling Nailers (7-4-1) at Johnstown Chiefs (7-5-1) 7:05 ET
• Johnstown won 5-4 in overtime at Wheeling on Nov. 3 to tie the season series 1-1-0.
• Wheeling ranks fourth in the ECHL on the penalty kill on the road with 91.4 percent (32-for-35).
• Chiefs’ Jean Desrochers and Andrew Martens each have four points (1g-3a) against Wheeling.
• Nailers’ Paul Bissonnette (1g-2a) and Sean Collins (3a) each have three points against Johnstown.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (2-9-1) at Florida Everblades (9-5-0) 7:30 ET
• Florida won 4-2 against Pensacola on Nov. 21 and leads season series 1-0-0 and all-time series 46-13-10.
• Pensacola is 2-1-0 when leading after the first period.
Steve Czech leads the Everblades against Pensacola with three points (1g-2a).
Bryan McGregor leads the Ice Pilots with two points (1g-1a) in one game against Florida.

Dayton Bombers (5-6-3) at Cincinnati Cyclones (10-3-1) 7:30 ET
• Cyclones have won last two games and are 3-1-0 in season series and 30-16-4 all-time against Dayton.
• Dayton’s Yannick Tifu has a four-game assist streak (7a) and a four-game point streak (1g-7a).
Matt Beaudoin leads Dayton against Cyclones with three goals and five points in four games.
David Desharnais leads Cincinnati against Bombers with six assists and nine points in four games.

Texas Wildcatters (10-2-3) at Charlotte Checkers (7-2-2) 7:35 ET
• Texas won 6-2 at Charlotte on Oct. 20 to lead season series 1-0-0 and the all-time series 5-3-3.
• Charlotte is out scoring their opponents 14-9 in the first period.
John McNabb leads Wildcatters against Charlotte with two goals and three points.
• Checkers’ Blake Bellefeuille leads the team with two assists and two points against Texas.

Trenton Devils (5-9-0) at Elmira Jackals (9-5-1) 7:35 ET
• Elmira’s Benoit Doucet had two assists as Jackals won the first meeting 4-2 at Trenton on Oct. 20.
• Devils’ rookie Joe Rooney had two points (1g-1a) against Elmira on Oct. 20.
• Rookie Pierre-Luc Faubert has three-game goal streak (3g) and leads Jackals with seven goals.
• Rookie defenseman Ryan Gunderson leads Trenton with eight assists.

Augusta Lynx (8-6-1) at Mississippi Sea Wolves (2-12-1) 7:05 CT
• Augusta won 4-0 at Mississippi on Nov. 22 to lead season series 1-0-0 and the all-time series 8-6-1.
• Mississippi is 2-0-0 when leading after the second period.
John Laliberte leads Augusta against Mississippi with two assists and is tied for the lead with two points.
• Sea Wolves’ Radek Smolenak has 10 points (4g-6a) in November.

Victoria Salmon Kings (11-3-0) at Idaho Steelheads (4-4-6) 7:10 MT
• Victoria won 4-1 at Idaho on Nov. 21 to lead the series 2-1-0 this season.
• Idaho ranks third in the ECHL on the power play at home with 29.0 percent (18-for-62).
• Salmon Kings’ Julien Ellis is 2-0-0 with a 0.99 goals-against average in two games against Idaho.
Mark Bomersback leads Steelheads with three goals and four points in three games against Victoria.

Alaska Aces (10-3-1) at Stockton Thunder (6-8-1) 7:30 PT
• Alaska won 8-5 at Stockton on Nov. 21 and is 1-0-1 this season and 12-1-1 all-time against Thunder.
• Stockton is 5-2-0 when leading after the second period.
• Aces’ Bo Cheesman and Corbin Schmidt each have three points (2g-1a) in two games against Stockton.
• Thunder’s Jacob Micflikier and Geoff Paukovich each have three points (1g-2a) against Alaska.

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Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
• 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.
333 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• There were 69 former ECHL players on NHL opening-day rosters and there have been 188 former ECHL players who have played their first game in the NHL in the past six seasons.
• 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.
• Four former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Johnstown Chiefs and Fresno Falcons goaltender Dmitri Patzold (San Jose on Oct. 7), former San Diego goaltender Tyler Weiman (Colorado on Oct. 4), former Charlotte right wing Craig Weller (Phoenix on Oct. 4) and former Phoenix RoadRunners center Daniel Winnik (Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 4).
• Record 51 former ECHL players played their first NHL game in 2005-06.
• ECHL has been represented on last seven Stanley Cup champions.
• 14 Former ECHL coaches on NHL staffs.
• ECHL has been represented on last 18 Calder Cup champions.
• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League and for the past 18 years there has been an ECHL player on the Calder Cup Champion.
• The Stockton Thunder and the City of Stockton will host the Chase Chevrolet ECHL All-Star Game presented by Jackson Rancheria and Bud Light at Stockton Arena on Jan. 23, 2008 and the Chase Chevrolet ECHL All-Star Skills Competition presented by Jackson Rancheria and Bud Light on Jan. 22, 2008.
• 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.