Gladiators’ Schell On Record Pace For Assists

Tying his career-high with four assists on Feb. 3, Brad Schell of Gwinnett raised his league-leading totals to 69 assists and 88 points in 45 games.

Schell remains on pace to break the ECHL record of 93 assists set by Dan Gauthier of Knoxville in 1990-91 and is trying to become the first player to reach 100 points since 2002-03 when Buddy Smith of Arkansas led the league with 104 points and 74 assists.

Scott Mifsud of Gwinnett is second in the league with 50 assists and 67 points. Colton Fretter of the Gladiators leads ECHL rookies with 29 goals and 58 points while he is third overall in goals and tied for fifth in scoring.

The trio could become the first teammates since 1993-94 to finish ranked in the Top Five in scoring. Greensboro’s Phil Berger led the league with 139 points (56g-83a) while teammates Dan Gravelle (38g-66a) and John Young (35g-69a) tied for third with Richmond’s Darren Colbourne (69g-35a).

Schell and Mifsud could become only the second set of teammates in ECHL history to finish first and second in assists, joining Louisiana’s Ron Handy and John De Pourcq, who were first and second, respectively, with 67 and 63 assists in 1996-97.

The assist and scoring leader each of the last two years have been from the Alaska Aces. Scott Gomez had 73 assists and 86 points during the NHL lockout in 2004-05 and Alex Leavitt had 65 assists and 91 points a year ago.

Leavitt’s teammate Mike Scott was second in the league with 87 points, marking the first time since 1996-97 and only the fourth time in ECHL history that teammates have finished first and second in scoring.

South Carolina’s Ed Courtenay (54g-56a) and Mike Ross (50g-60a) tied for the lead with 110 points in 1996-97. Erie’s Scott Burfoot led the league with 97 points (29g-68a) and teammate Stephane Charbonneau was second with 91 points (50g-41a) in 1994-95. Stan Drulia of Knoxville led the league with 140 points (63g-77a) and teammate Gauthier was second with 134 points (41g-93a) in 1990-91.