Pensacola recorded its team record eighth consecutive win with a 4-3 shootout victory in front of a sellout crowd of 11,355 at Gwinnett on Saturday night. The Ice Pilots break their team record of seven straight wins set October 27-November 5, 2000. South Carolina won a league season-high 10 games from January 7-February 1 while Reading won nine games from November 14-December 9.
The win improves Pensacola to 30-11-4 and moves it atop the ECHL in wins, points (64), road wins (16) and winning percentage (.711). The Ice Pilots, who are 13-2-1 in their last 16 games, are two points ahead of Long Beach (29-13-4) and three points ahead of Bakersfield (27-11-7), which are first and second in the West Division of the National Conference. Pensacola will host Texas (9-26-8) on Friday and Saturday.
During the streak, Frederic Cloutier is 6-0-0 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 1.81 and a save percentage of .950 while All-Star rookie goaltender Todd Ford is 2-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.00 and a save percentage of .927. The 2002 ECHL Goaltender of the Year, Cloutier is 18-9-3 with a goals-against average of 2.47 and a save percentage of .925. He is tied for third in the league with three shutouts while ranking fourth in wins and saves (889). Currently on call up to St. John’s of the American Hockey League, Ford is 12-2-1 and ranks third in the league in goals-against average (2.05) and save percentage (.936).
All-Star forward Tyler Beechey leads the Ice Pilots during the streak with 11 assists and 14 points while two-time All-Star defenseman Corey Neilson is second with seven assists and 10 points. Beechey leads the ECHL with 59 points and 23 power-play points while he is tied for the lead with seven game-winning goals. Beechey is tied for second in goals (22) and power-play assists (15) and ranks second in assists (37). The 2004 ECHL Defenseman of the Year, Neilson leads league defensemen with 28 assists, 38 points and three game-winning goals while he is tied for the lead in goals with 10. Aaron Phillips has two game-winning goals and nine points (5g-4a) in the eight games while Jordan Krestanovich has a game-winning goal and eight points (4g-4a) in the last six games.