North Division Heating Up With Cincinnati In First

Two road wins at Dayton and a win at home against Trenton helped Cincinnati move into first place in the North Division at 9-3-1. Reading and Elmira are both 8-5-1 and tied for second in points with 17 while Wheeling (6-3-1), Johnstown (6-5-1) and Dayton (5-5-3) are tied with 13 points.

Cincinnati welcomes Wheeling, which has won its last three games and is 5-1-1 in the last seven, on Tuesday before hosting Dayton on Friday and Saturday. Wheeling will host Dayton on Wednesday and Johnstown on Saturday while traveling to Johnstown on Friday and Trenton on Sunday.

After concluding its five-game road trip on Tuesday at Gwinnett, Elmira will return home to host Trenton on Friday, Reading on Saturday and Columbia on Sunday. The Jackals, who are 3-1-0 on their road swing, are 4-3-1 at First Arena.

Jean-Michel Daoust (7g-10a) and rookie David Desharnais (6g-11a) are tied for the Cincinnati team lead with 17 points in 13 games. Desharnais leads the ECHL in plus-minus rating with +12 while he is tied for the league rookie lead with 11 assists and second among first-year players in scoring.

In the three games last week, Daoust had four goals, including a game winner, and three assists, including two on game-winning goals. He has scored a goal in six consecutive games (7g), tying the longest streak in the ECHL this season and one game shy of the team record held by Nick Bootland, who scored a goal in seven straight games from Mar. 6-23, 2002.

The Cyclones lead the ECHL in scoring with 4.08 goals per game while ranking second in goals allowed with 2.23 per game. Cedrick Desjardins is 3-0-1 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 1.25 and a save percentage of .952 in his last four starts while Dov Grumet-Morris is 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .918 in his last three games. Desjardins is 4-1-1 and tied for the league lead with two shutouts while ranking fifth in goals-against average with 2.16 while Grumet-Morris is 5-2-0 and seventh in the ECHL with a goals-against average of 2.29.

Adam Henrich has scored the game winner in each of Wheeling’s last three victories, tying him for the ECHL lead with three game-winning goals. Henrich leads the Nailers with eight goals while his 13 points in seven games tie him for second with Paul Bissonnette (3g-10a). Sean Collins leads the Nailers and is second in the ECHL with 15 assists in 10 games.