Gwinnett rookie Colton Fretter scored a goal on Feb. 11 to extend his scoring streak to 15 games (14g-12a) while teammate Scott Mifsud had a goal and an assist to increase his scoring streak to 14 games (6g-20a).
Kevin Baker of Texas has the longest scoring streak of the season with 16 games from Oct. 20-Nov. 28 (16g-12a). Fretter’s teammate Brad Schell had a 15-game scoring streak from Nov. 25-Dec. 30 (8g-24a) while Augusta’s Ryan Lang had a 15-game streak from Dec. 22-Jan. 28 (6g-20a).
Fretter has a four-game goal streak during which he has scored seven goals, including his second career hat trick on Feb. 9 against Texas, raising his season total to 34 goals in 48 games. He is tied for the ECHL goal-scoring lead with Mike Pandolfo of Trenton and could become the first rookie since 1991-92 and only the fourth in history to lead the league in goal scoring. Darren Colbourne of Dayton had 69 goals in 64 games in 1991-92 while Bill McDougall of Erie had 80 goals in 57 games in 1989-90 and Mike Chighisola of Virginia had 45 goals in 59 games in 1988-89. Fretter leads ECHL rookies with 34 goals, 16 power-play goals and 63 points and he is second with 29 assists while he is second among all players in power-play goals and tied for third in scoring.
Mifsud is second in the league with 53 assists and 72 points in 46 games, trailing Schell, who has 73 assists and 94 points in 48 games. Schell remains on pace to surpass the ECHL record of 93 assists set by Dan Gauthier of Knoxville in 1990-91 and is trying to become the first player to reach 100 points since 2002-03 when Buddy Smith of Arkansas led the league with 104 points and 74 assists.
Schell, Mifsud and Fretter could become the first ECHL teammates since 1993-94 to finish in the Top Five in scoring. Greensboro’s Phil Berger led the league with 139 points (56g-83a) while teammates Dan Gravelle (38g-66a) and John Young (35g-69a) tied for third with Richmond’s Darren Colbourne (69g-35a).
Schell and Mifsud are trying to become only the second set of teammates in league history to finish first and second in assists, joining Louisiana’s Ron Handy and John De Pourcq, who led the ECHL with 67 and 63 assists in 1996-97.
The assist and scoring leaders each of the last two years have been from the Alaska Aces. Scott Gomez had 73 assists and 86 points during the NHL lockout in 2004-05 and Alex Leavitt had 65 assists and 91 points a year ago. Leavitt’s teammate Mike Scott was second in the league with 87 points, marking the first time since 1996-97 and only the fourth time in ECHL history that teammates have finished 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.