ECHL Today – Mar. 7

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Dayton Bombers (26-21-10) at Columbia Inferno (26-23-10) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Columbia is 17-1-2 when leading after the second period.
• Dayton is 86.5 percent (50-for-58) on the penalty kill in their last 10 games.
• Inferno defenseman Patrick Wellar has five points (1g-4a) in his last four games.
• Bombers defenseman Greg Labenski has three points (1g-2a) in his last three games.

Wheeling Nailers (15-35-6) at Johnstown Chiefs (27-26-4) 7:05 p.m. ET
• Johnstown is 6-3-0, including 2-1-0 at home, this season and is 69-63-15 all-time against Wheeling.
• Wheeling is 13-9-4 when scoring first.
Jean Desrochers leads the Chiefs against Wheeling with nine assists and 14 points.
• Nailers’ Kevin Croxton has six points (1g-5a) in his last five games.

Mississippi Sea Wolves (24-33-3) at Florida Everblades (32-20-7) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Florida is 4-2-0, including 2-0-0 at home, this season and is 20-6-0 all-time against Mississippi.
• Mississippi is out scoring their opponents 5-1 in the first period in their last five games (3-2-0).
Derek Damon leads the Everblades against Mississippi with seven assists and 10 points.
Jason Tejchma leads the Sea Wolves against Florida with six points (3g-3a).

Reading Royals (33-18-5) at Cincinnati Cyclones (43-9-3) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Reading won 5-3 on Jan. 13 and is 2-3-0 in the season series and 13-11-1 all-time against Cincinnati.
• Cincinnati leads the ECHL with 47 points (22-3-3) at home.
Brock Hooton leads the Royals against Cincinnati with four assists and six points.
• Rookie Thomas Beauregard leads the Cyclones against Reading with five goals and eight points.

Elmira Jackals (31-18-7) at Trenton Devils (21-29-7) 7:30 p.m. ET
• Elmira is 6-1-1, including 2-1-1 on the road, against Trenton.
• Trenton is 13-6-0 when scoring first.
Benoit Doucet (5g-6a) and Pierre-Luc Faubert (3g-8a) lead the Jackals against Trenton with 11 points each.
• Rookie defenseman Ryan Gunderson leads the Devils against Elmira with eight assists and eight points.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (16-34-7) at Texas Wildcatters (44-6-9) 7:30 p.m. CT
• Texas is 7-0-0 this season against Pensacola and is 22-16-4 all-time against the Ice Pilots.
• Pensacola is 4-1-1 in their last six games.
John McNabb leads the Wildcatters against Pensacola with seven goals and 13 points.
Mathieu Roy leads the Ice Pilots against Texas with five assists and six points.

Fresno Falcons (32-15-8) at Utah Grizzlies (30-22-7) 7:05 p.m. MT
• Fresno won 4-3 in overtime on Mar. 5 and is 4-3-1 in the season series and 11-8-1 all-time against Utah.
• Utah is tied for fourth in the ECHL with 3.49 goals per game.
• Falcons’ Jake Moreland is 1-0-1 with a 2.01 goals-against average in three games against Utah.
Scott Burt leads the Grizzlies against Fresno with five assists and nine points.

Bakersfield Condors (17-32-9) at Las Vegas Wranglers (37-11-11) 7:05 p.m. PT
• Las Vegas is 6-2-0, including 2-0-0 at home, in the season series and is 29-10-1 all-time against Bakersfield.
• Bakersfield is 10-1-2 when leading after the second period.
Adam Cracknell (7g-2a) and Tyler Mosienko (3g-6a) lead the Wranglers against Bakersfield with nine points each.
Andrew Ianiero leads the Condors against Las Vegas with six assists and seven points.

Idaho Steelheads (33-19-9) at Stockton Thunder (23-32-3) 7:30 p.m. PT
• The Steelheads won 6-2 on Jan. 30 and are 2-2-0 in the season series and 10-7-2 all-time against Stockton.
• Stockton is 16-7-0 when leading after the first period and 16-3-0 when leading after the second period.
Marty Flichel leads Idaho against Stockton with six points (2g-4a) and is on a six-game point streak (3g-10a).
• Thunder’s Ryan MacMurchy has seven points in his last six games (4g-3a).

Victoria Salmon Kings (35-17-5) at Alaska Aces (32-20-5) 7:15 p.m. AT
• Victoria is 3-1-2, including 2-1-0 on the road, in the season series and is 10-24-3 all-time against Alaska.
• Alaska has won its last two games and is 11-1-0 in their last 12 games.
Ash Goldie leads the Salmon Kings against Alaska with seven goals and 10 points.
Josh Soares leads the Aces and ranks third among ECHL rookies with 63 points (25g-38a).

Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Alaska can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:

Alaska wins


Las Vegas wins in regulation


Alaska loses in overtime/shootout AND Las Vegas wins in overtime/shootout

Utah can clinch a berth in the Kelly Cup Playoffs on Friday if:

Utah wins AND Las Vegas wins in regulation

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Longest Consecutive Point-Scoring Streak
38 – Trevor Jobe, Nashville, Dec. 19, 1992-Mar. 14, 1993 (112 points)
35 – Brian Martin, Hampton Roads, Oct. 30, 1990-Jan. 18, 1991 (points not available)
32 – Jamey Hicks, Birmingham, Dec. 30, 1997-Mar. 6, 1998 (65 points)
25 – Mike Kompon, Reading, Nov. 26, 2005-Mar. 8, 2006 (40 points)
24 – David Desharnais, Cincinnati, Jan. 5-present (41 points)

Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
• Celebrating its 20th Anniversary in 2007-08, the ECHL is the third-longest tenured professional hockey league behind only the National Hockey League and the American Hockey League.
• ECHL began in 1988-89 with five teams in four states and has grown to be a coast-to-coast league with 25 teams playing 900 games in 17 states and British Columbia in 2007-08.
• The league officially changed its name to ECHL on May 19, 2003.
• Affiliations with 26 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League, marking the 11th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at least 20 teams in the NHL.
350 former ECHL players have played in NHL.
• 21 former ECHL players have made their NHL debut this season: former Peoria Rivermen and Alaska Aces goaltender Chris Beckford-Tseu (St. Louis on Feb. 21), former Florida Everblades center David Brine (Florida on Feb. 2), former Idaho Steelheads right wing B.J. Crombeen (Dallas on Jan. 19), former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Kevin Doell (Atlanta on Jan. 4), former Alaska defenseman Zack FitzGerald (Vancouver on Feb. 5), former Fresno goaltender Thomas Greiss (San Jose on Jan. 14), former Roanoke Express and Wheeling Nailers left wing Jason Jaffray (Vancouver on Dec. 12), former Wheeling Nailers left wing Joe Jensen (Carolina on Feb. 18), former Toledo Storm goaltender Drew MacIntyre (Vancouver on Dec. 13), former San Diego Gulls left wing Cody McLeod (Colorado on Dec. 19), former Alaska Aces and Pensacola Ice Pilots center Chris Minard (Pittsburgh on Jan. 21), former Columbia Inferno center Brandon Nolan (Carolina on Dec. 22), former Johnstown Chiefs and Fresno Falcons goaltender Dmitri Patzold (San Jose on Oct. 7), former Gwinnett Gladiators and Louisiana IceGators left wing Pascal Pelletier (Boston on Jan. 17), former Reading Royals goaltender Jonathan Quick (Los Angeles on Dec. 6), former Stockton Thunder left wing Liam Reddox (Edmonton on Dec. 7), former Gwinnett Gladiators left wing Colin Stuart (Atlanta on Dec. 29), former Columbus Chill, Richmond Renegades and Trenton Titans left wing Pete Vandermeer (Phoenix on Feb. 10), former San Diego goaltender Tyler Weiman (Colorado on Oct. 4), former Charlotte Checkers right wing Craig Weller (Phoenix on Oct. 4) and former Phoenix RoadRunners center Daniel Winnik (Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 4).
• 205 former ECHL players have played their first game in the NHL in the past seven seasons, including 94 since 2005-06.
• Twenty-six former ECHL players made their NHL debut in 2006-07, including two who played in both the ECHL and the NHL as goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji played for Reading and Los Angeles while defenseman Bryan Young skated for Stockton and Edmonton. Dave McKee played for Augusta and dressed for five games as the backup goaltender for Stanley Cup champion Anaheim.
• ECHL has been represented on last seven Stanley Cup champions.
• There are 15 coaches in the NHL who have ECHL experience including former Wheeling coach Peter Laviolette, who is head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes, and former Mississippi coach Bruce Boudreau, who is head coach of the Washington Capitals.
• ECHL has affiliations with 26 of the 29 teams in the American Hockey League, marking the seventh consecutive season that it has had affiliations with 20 or more teams in the AHL.
• ECHL has been represented on last 18 Calder Cup champions.
• In the last five seasons the ECHL has had more call-ups to the AHL than all other professional leagues combined with over 2,000 call-ups involving more than 1,000 players since 2002-03.
ECHL and its member teams contributed nearly $3 million for charity and relief funds in 2006-07.
• Further information on the ECHL is available from its website at