Columbia extended its winning streak to four games with three wins in three days and leads the ECHL and the South Division with 17 points and an 8-2-1 record. Charlotte and Gwinnett are each 5-1-1 and tied for second with 11 points, one point ahead of Augusta (4-3-2) and two points ahead of South Carolina (2-4-5).
Columbia, which plays at Greenville on Tuesday and hosts Augusta on Friday, has won its last three away games to improve to 5-1-1 on the road.
Robert Gherson has won his last three starts and is 4-0-1 and ranks fourth in the league with a goals-against average of 1.98 and a save percentage of .939 while Chris Houle has won his last two starts to improve his record to 4-2-0 with a goals-against average of 2.96 and a save percentage of .922. David Bonk leads the Inferno with eight assists and 12 points while Mike Stathopoulos leads the team with five goals and is second in scoring with 10 points.
Gwinnett, which hosts Pensacola on Tuesday and Greenville on Friday, has won its last three home games, including back-to-back wins on Friday and Saturday against Florida, to improve to 3-0-1 with the only loss being 1-0 in a shootout on opening night. Chris Durno has a six-game goal-scoring streak (7g), the longest streak in the league in 2005-06, and he leads the Gladiators with seven goals and 12 points. Sean Fields, who made 19 saves in a 5-2 win on Friday and a season-high 40 saves in a 3-1 win on Saturday, is 5-0-0 with a save percentage of .931 and he is tied for second in the league in wins while ranking third with a goals-against average of 1.98.
Charlotte, which became the last team in the league to lose in regulation when it lost 3-2 at Pensacola on Friday, is 4-1-1 on the road and will travel to Florida on Friday and Saturday. Dusty Jamieson (3g-4a) and Ryan Cuthbert (3g-4a) are tied for the Checkers scoring lead with seven points while defenseman Kenton Smith leads the team with six assists and rookie Hugh Jessiman leads in goals with four.
Augusta travels to Columbia on Friday and to Pensacola on Sunday looking to improve its road record from 1-2-2. Brian Passmore leads the Lynx with six assists and nine points and he is tied for the team goal-scoring lead with Nicolas Corbeil, Sam Ftorek and Joe Pereira, who has a goal in each of the last two games.
South Carolina will travel to Trenton on Wednesday, Johnstown on Friday and Reading on Saturday as the Stingrays look to end their six-game winless streak (0-3-3) and three-game road winless streak (0-1-2). Rookie Ty Morris leads South Carolina with eight assists and his 10 points tie him for the team scoring lead with J.F. David, who is tied for fourth among league defensemen with three goals and tied for sixth in scoring. Dave Spina leads the team with seven goals which ties him for second among league rookies and ties him for fourth overall.