Brad Schell of Gwinnett became the first ECHL player since 2002-03 to score 100 points when he registered an assist in the second period of a 7-2 loss at Florida on Mar. 6.
Schell had five more assists and two goals in the Gladiators next four games and he leads the league with 81 assists and 106 points in 57 games. The 106 points is the most since Buddy Smith of Arkansas had 104 points (30g-74a) in 2002-03. Schell, who averages 1.4 assists per game, needs 12 assists in Gwinnett’s last 12 games to tie the ECHL record of 93 assists set by Dan Gauthier of Knoxville in 1990-91. Schell has also played four games in the American Hockey League where he has three points (1g-2a) for Chicago.
Scott Mifsud of Gwinnett had three assists and six points last week and remains second in the league with 62 assists and 87 points in 58 games. Mifsud and Schell can become only the second teammates in ECHL history to finish first and second in assists, joining Louisiana’s Ron Handy and John De Pourcq, who led the league in 1996-97 with 67 assists and 63 assists.
Gwinnett’s Colton Fretter continues to lead ECHL rookies with 35 goals and 64 points despite missing the last 11 games after being injured on Feb. 14.
Mike Wirll of Cincinnati scored his league-leading 40th goal in a 4-1 win at Johnstown on Mar. 10. Wirll, who has a three-game goal streak (4g), has 12 games remaining and can become the first ECHL player to score 50 goals since 2000-01 when Andrew Williamson of Toledo led the league with 52 goals in 66 games. The most goals scored in the last five seasons is 49 goals by Chris Minard of Alaska in 2004-05.
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.