Sweeping a three-game series at Victoria over the weekend, Long Beach extended its winning streak to six games. The Ice Dogs, who are 9-0-1 in their last 10 games, have improved to 18-8-3 moved into first place in the West Division of the National Conference with 39 points, one point ahead of Bakersfield (17-9-4). The current streak began on December 10 after a six-game winless streak (0-4-2) from November 24-December 4 that left the Ice Dogs at 9-8-2 and in fifth place in the division.
The six consecutive wins is an ECHL best for the Ice Dogs, who had won three games in a row twice this season after not winning three straight games in 2003-04. Long Beach has won four road games in a row, surpassing the team mark of three consecutive road wins on February 21-March 7, 2004, and four straight home games, surpassing the team record of three consecutive home wins on November 14-23, 2003.
Long Beach will conclude its current six-game road trip with games at Idaho on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. The Ice Dogs have won the last two meetings, both played at Long Beach, with the defending Kelly Cup Champions beating Idaho 3-2 in a shootout on December 27 and 3-2 on December 29. Long Beach is 2-1-0 against the Steelheads in 2004-05 after going 3-5-2 in 2003-04.
In the last 10 games, Chris Kenady leads the team with three game-winning goals and eight goals and is tied for the lead in points (13) and plus-minus rating (+11). Kenady has moved into a tie for the league lead with six game-winning goals while ranking second in the ECHL with 17 goals and 17th in scoring with 28 points.
During the winning streak, Chris Madden, who came off injured reserve on December 15, has gone 4-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.96 and a save percentage of .947 while Olivier Michaud has gone 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .942. Madden is 12-1-0 overall and leads the league with a goals-against average of 1.39 and a save percentage of .962. Madden is tied for second in the league with three shutouts and tied for third in wins.