Brad Schell and Scott Mifsud of Gwinnett rank first and second in the ECHL with 85 assists and 63 assists and are trying to become only the second set of teammates in league history to finish first and second in assists. The duo would join Louisiana’s Ron Handy and John De Pourcq, who finished first and second in 1996-97 with 67 assists and 63 assists, respectively.
Schell leads the league with 110 points and Mifsud is second with 88 points. Kimbi Daniels of Alaska is third with 61 assists and fourth with 78 points while Marty Flichel of Idaho is third with 79 points.
The 85 assists and 110 points by Schell are the most assists and points since 1999-2000 when John Spoltore of Louisiana had 92 assists and 119 points. The first player since 2002-03 to score 100 points, Schell is eight assists shy of the ECHL record of 93 assists by Dan Gauthier of Knoxville in 1990-91. Schell has also played four games in the American Hockey League where he has three points (1g-2a) for Chicago.
The top five single-season point totals in ECHL history are: 161 by Trevor Jobe of Nashville in 1992-93, 148 by Bill McDougall of Erie in 1989-90, 144 by Hugo P. Belanger of Nashville in 1995-96, 140 by Stan Drulia of Knoxville in 1990-91 and 139 by Phil Berger of Greensboro in 1993-94.
Mike Wirll of Cincinnati scored his league-leading 41st goal on Mar. 14 against Reading. Wirll needs nine goals in his remaining 10 games to become the first ECHL player to score 50 goals since 2000-01 when Andrew Williamson of Toledo had 52 goals in 66 games. The most goals scored in the last five years is 49 by Chris Minard of Alaska in 2004-05.
Trenton’s Mike Pandolfo, who has been playing in the AHL with Lowell since Feb. 17, is second with 36 goals while Gwinnett’s Colton Fretter, who has not played since being injured on Feb. 14, Idaho’s Flichel and Victoria’s Wes Goldie are tied for third with 35 goals. The last time the ECHL had two 40-goal scorers was 2003-04 when San Diego’s Mark Pederson had 44 goals and Florida’s Brian McCullough had 40 goals. Flichel has nine games remaining and Goldie has eight games.
The assist and scoring leaders 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 Dan Gauthier was second with 134 points (41g-93a) in 1990-91.