Cincinnati’s Wirll Only Six Goals Away From 50

Mike Wirll of Cincinnati scored a goal in each of his three games last week and continues to lead the ECHL with 44 goals in 66 games. If Wirll can score six goals in his remaining seven games he will become the first 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 seasons are 49 goals by Chris Minard of Alaska in 2004-05.

Idaho’s Marty Flichel, who had a pair of goals on Mar. 24, and Victoria’s Wes Goldie, who scored two goals on Mar. 23, are tied for second with 37 goals and each has six games remaining. The last time that 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 and Goldie each have six games remaining. Mike Pandolfo, who has been playing in the AHL with Lowell since Feb. 17, is fourth with 36 goals while Gwinnett rookie Colton Fretter, who has not played since being injured on Feb. 14, is fifth with 35 goals.

Despite being held without a point in two games at Texas, Brad Schell and Scott Mifsud of Gwinnett continue to lead the ECHL in assists and points. Schell is first in the league with 85 assists and 110 points in 63 games while Mifsud is second with 63 assists and 88 points in 64 games.

Schell and Mifsud can become only the second set of teammates in league history to finish first and second in assists and the fifth duo to lead the scoring race. The only time that teammates led the ECHL in assists was 1996-97 when Ron Handy and John De Pourcq of Louisiana had 67 assists and 63 assists, respectively.

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.

The scoring and assist leaders each of the past two years have been from the Alaska Aces with Scott Gomez, who had 63 assists and 86 points during the NHL lockout in 2004-05, and Alex Leavitt, who had 65 assists and 91 points last season. Leavitt’s teammate Mike Scott finished second in scoring with 87 points, marking the fourth time and the first time since 1996-97 that teammates were 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.