Tied for the ECHL lead with 12 goals each, Florida’s Brian McCullough and Keith Anderson also sit atop the league in scoring with 27 points and 25 points, respectively, while linemate Brent McDonald is tied for fourth with 24 points (8g-16a).
McCullough has scored a goal in each of his last four games (five goals) as the Everblades have gone 4-0-0 to remain in first place in the Southern Division. He has scored a point in all but two games this season, a 3-2 overtime loss against Gwinnett on November 1 and a 1-0 loss at Bakersfield on November 9. McCullough opened the season scoring a goal in each of Florida’s first five games, tying him for the second-longest goal scoring streak of the season with Texas’ Bob Cunningham (seven goals) and Dayton’s Jason Deskins (five goals), and he has scored a goal in 10 of Florida’s first 15 games. McCullough is tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals, four power-play goals and six power-play assists while his 10 power-play points are also a team best.
In 2002-03 with Reading, McCullough ranked third in the ECHL with 95 points (39g-56a) and was selected to the 2003 ECHL All-Star Game, scoring a goal in the Northern Conference’s 9-3 win. It was McCullough’s second All-Star appearance as he scored a hat trick in the Northern Conference’s 9-5 loss at Little Rock, Ark. in 2001 and ranks second with four career All-Star goals and fifth in career All-Star scoring with five points (4g-1a).
The longest goal-scoring streak of the season is nine games by Anderson, who scored 11 goals from October 18 to November 9. Anderson, who scored a goal in Saturday’s 3-1 win against Florence, scored a point in each of Florida’s first 10 games (11g-10a), including 13 points (5g-8a) in the first five games. Anderson is tied for the team lead with six power-play assists while his nine power-play points tie him for second on the team with McDonald.
Anderson scored 38 points (16g-22a) in 72 regular season games and also appeared in the Kelly Cup Playoffs with Florida in 2002-03. As a rookie in 2001-02, he scored 28 points (9g-19a) in 68 regular season games and had one goal in six Kelly Cup Playoff games.
Selected in the ninth round (239th overall) by Carolina in the 1998 National Hockey League Entry Draft, McDonald leads the Everblades with 16 assists and is tied for the team lead with four power-play goals. In 2002-03, the 24-year-old McDonald scored 14 points (10g-4a) in 18 regular season games and had one goal in one Kelly Cup Playoff game with Florida while also scoring 15 points (7g-8a) in 52 regular season games with Lowell of the American Hockey League. In 2001-02, McDonald scored 32 points (12g-20a) in 69 regular season games and four points (2g-2a) in six Kelly Cup Playoff games with Florida. As a rookie with Florida in 2000-01, McDonald scored 22 points (11g-11a) in 67 regular season games and had one goal in five Kelly Cup Playoff games.