ECHL Today – Oct. 21

Pensacola Ice Pilots (0-1-0) at Johnstown Chiefs (0-0-0) 7:00 p.m. ET
* Chiefs were one of original five teams when ECHL began in 1988-89.
* Defenseman Mario Joly scored the Ice Pilots goal on Friday.
* Randy Rowe, who was second on the team with 28 goals last season, returns for the Chiefs.
* Pensacola concludes season-opening three-game road trip on Sunday at Reading.

Trenton Titans (0-1-0) at Reading Royals (1-0-0) 7:05 p.m. ET
* Royals won home opener last season, 2-1 in overtime against Trenton after losing 3-2 to Titans in 2004-05.
* Titans have not lost back-to-back games to open the season since 2004-05.
* Yutaka Fukufuji made 35 saves in 3-2 win at Trenton as Reading won season opener for second year in row.
* John Laliberte and Troy Riddle each scored a goal for Trenton on Friday.

Columbia Inferno (1-0-0) at South Carolina Stingrays (0-1-0) 7:05 p.m. ET
* South Carolina was 17-11-8 at home in 2005-06, the fewest home wins in team’s 13-year history.
* Inferno has won its last four road season openers after 7-3 win at Augusta on Friday.
* Stingrays are 0-2 in their last two home openers, including 5-4 shootout loss to Columbia last year.
* Defenseman Mike Jarmuth (2g-1a) and rookie Alex Foster (0g-3a) led the Inferno offense in season opener.

Wheeling Nailers (0-1-0) at Charlotte Checkers (1-0-0) 7:30 p.m. ET
* Charlotte has won its last three home openers, including the last two by combined score of 17-5.
* Kurtis McLean, who led the team with 31 goals last season, had two assists for the Nailers on Friday.
* Mark Lee (1g-4a) and Dusty Jamieson (3g-1a) led Checkers offense in 10-3 win over Wheeling on Friday.
* Nailers were 23-11-2 on the road a year ago, tying the team record for road wins.

Toledo Storm (1-0-0) at Cincinnati Cyclones (1-0-0) 7:30 p.m. ET
* Cyclones returned to ice for first time since 2004 with 3-1 win over Pensacola in front of 4,358 on Friday.
* Logan Koopmans had 33 saves in 2-0 win against Dayton as Toledo won its opener for fourth straight year.
* Torry Gajda led Cincinnati with two points, assisting on game-winning goal and adding insurance goal.
* Storm was 19-15-2 on the road last season, the most road wins since team record tying 21 in 1995-96.

Texas Wildcatters (1-0-0) at Florida Everblades (0-1-0) 7:30 p.m. ET
* Wildcatters won season opener for first time in team’s three-year history with 5-2 win on Friday.
* Everblades were 23-10-3 at home a year ago, tying the team record for second most home wins.
* Kevin Baker (2g-0a) and defenseman Jean-Francois (JF) David (0g-2a) were offensive leaders for Texas.
* Defensemen Brett Peterson and Brett Carson scored Florida’s goals.

Gwinnett Gladiators (1-0-0) at Augusta Lynx (0-1-0) 7:35 p.m. ET
* Gwinnett rookie Dave Caruso made 37 saves in professional debut Friday, a 6-2 win against South Carolina.
* Lynx were 4-1-0 at home and 5-4-1 overall against Gwinnett a year ago.
* Gladiators were 21-11-4 on the road last season, setting a team record for road wins.
* Louis Goulet (1g-1a) and Ryan Lang (1g-1a) led the Lynx offense in 7-3 loss to Columbia on Friday.

Idaho Steelheads (1-0-0) at Bakersfield Condors (0-1-0) 7:00 p.m. PT
* Condors were 4-2-0 against Idaho last season and are 11-7-4 all-time against the Steelheads.
* Idaho has won its last three season openers, including the last two against Long Beach.
* Bakersfield was 24-9-3 at home a year ago, setting the team record for home wins.
* Derek Nesbitt scored game-winning power-play goal in first game wearing a Steelheads uniform.

Utah Grizzlies (0-1-0) at Phoenix RoadRunners (1-0-0) 7:11 p.m. PT
* RoadRunners improved to 2-0-0 in season openers and both victories have been against Utah.
* Grizzlies’ Rob McVicar made league opening night high 51 saves.
* Phoenix’s Jake Ortmeyer had career-high three goals and tied career-high for points (3g-0) on Friday.
* Justin Cox and Mike Wirll each scored a goal for Utah.

Victoria Salmon Kings (0-1-0) at Alaska Aces (1-0-0) 7:15 p.m. AT
* Alaska has won its last three home openers, including 5-3 on Friday, to improve to 3-1-0 in home openers.
* Victoria rookie Darryl Lloyd scored his first professional goal in season opener.
* Mike Scott, who was second on team in 2005-06 with 50 assists and 87 points, led Aces scoring (0g-3a).
* Salmon Kings return home to Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre to host Idaho on Wednesday.

Premier ‘AA’ Hockey League Fast Facts
* Affiliations with 25 of the 30 teams in the National Hockey League.
* 304 former ECHL players have played in NHL, including record 47 in 2005-06 and 158 in last five seasons.
* ECHL has been represented on last six Stanley Cup champions.
* Two NHL head coaches (Peter Laviolette & Jim Playfair) and nine assistant coaches have ECHL experience.
* Affiliations with 24 of the 27 teams in the American Hockey League.
* ECHL has been represented on last 17 Calder Cup champions.
* For each of the past four seasons, ECHL has had more players called up to AHL than all other professional leagues combined. From 2002-06 the ECHL had 1,646 call ups, involving almost 1,000 players, including 416 call ups involving 263 players last season.
* Idaho Steelheads and City of Boise will host the 15th Annual ECHL All-Star Game presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 17 and the 10th Annual ECHL All-Star Skills Competition presented by Rbk Hockey on Jan. 16 at Qwest Arena.
* ECHL and its member teams contributed more than $2.3 million for charity and relief funds in 2005-06.