Winning four games in five days, San Diego extended its winning streak to an ECHL season-high nine games and its home winning streak to an ECHL season-high 11 games. San Diego is 21-3-1 in its last 24 games after going 9-7-2 in its first 18 games.
The Gulls, who are 30-10-3 overall and 20-4-0 at home, lead the Western Conference and are tied for second place overall in the ECHL with 63 points. San Diego and Atlantic City, who is also 30-10-3, are three points behind ECHL leader Wheeling, with a record of 32-11-2. In the Pacific Division, the Gulls are six points ahead of second place Idaho (26-13-5), eight points ahead of third place Las Vegas (25-13-5) and 12 points ahead of fourth place Alaska (24-14-3).
After opening the week with a 5-2 win at Las Vegas on January 27, San Diego won three games in three days for the second straight week, beating Long Beach 2-1 on January 29, Idaho 3-2 in a shootout on January 30 and Bakersfield 4-2 on January 31. San Diego is 28-7-3 against the Pacific Division including an 18-1-0 home record.
San Diego will play at Idaho on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Gulls are 5-0-0 against Idaho in 2003-04, with all five games played at San Diego, and are 35-20-5 all-time in the regular season against the Steelheads.
In the last five games, Greg Barber (2g-6a), Sylvain Deschatelets (1g-6a) and Mark Pederson (5g-2a) have combined for 22 points (8g-14a) including two game-winning goals by Pederson and one game-winning goal by Deschatelets. During the current winning streak, Barber (6g-10a), Deschatelets (3g-11a) and Pederson (7g-6a) have combined for 43 points (16g-27a) including three game-winning goals by Pederson, two game-winning goals by Barber and one game-winning goal by Deschatelets.
Pederson has an ECHL season-high 18-game scoring streak in which he has scored 30 points (19g-11a) while Barber has a career-high 11-game scoring streak in which he has scored 20 points (7g-13a). Pederson leads the ECHL in goals with 30, power-play goals with 13 and shooting percentage with 26.1 percent while ranking second in game-winning goals with six and 10th in scoring with 51 points (30g-21a). Barber ranks third among ECHL rookies in scoring with 43 points (17g-26a) and fourth in assists with 26.
Trevor Koenig has won his last seven starts to improve to 22-5-3 and has lowered his goals against average from 2.48 to 2.28 while raising his save percentage from .909 to .918. Koenig leads the ECHL in shootout percentage with .853 and is tied for the league lead with four shootout wins while ranking second in wins with 22 and seventh in goals against average with 2.28.