ECHL season is underway


The ECHL’s 27th season faced off with 21 games last weekend. Of the teams who played more than game on opening weekend, three teams escaped with unblemished records.


Fort Wayne won its first two games for the first time since 2008, sweeping a home-and-home series against Indy. The Komets rallied from a 3-0 deficit after two periods on Friday, scoring four times in the final 20 minutes, before going on for a 5-4 shootout win. In its home opener on Saturday, Fort Wayne again came back from an early deficit to skate away with a 4-3 win.


Orlando got a pair of strong offensive performances on opening weekend, winning a pair of games against Greenville, 5-2 on Saturday and 3-0 on Sunday. Brad Ross recorded three goals and added an assist on Saturday while Stefan Della Rovere tallied a pair of goal in Sunday’s win. Garret Sparks stopped all 36 shots he faced on Sunday to record the shutout.


The only team to go 3-0-0 through the opening weekend is the Ontario Reign. Ontario traveled north to Alaska, and swept the Aces, becoming the first visiting team in six seasons to sweep a three-game series in Alaska. Tyler Spurgeon tallied five points (1g-4a) in the three games, while Joe Cannata earned a shutout in Saturday’s win.


Three other teams – Wheeling, Cincinnati and Evansville – opened the season with a win in their only outing of the weekend, while Florida earned points in both of its first two games, defeating South Carolina on Friday before falling in a shootout on Saturday.


Six teams which were idle on opening weekend will open their seasons this weekend as Allen, Brampton, Missouri, Quad City, Tulsa and Wichita will each play their first-ever ECHL games this weekend.