Steelheads Off To Record Start


Bakersfield, Idaho and defending Kelly Cup champion South Carolina all extended their winning streaks and continue to lead the ECHL.

Idaho extended its winning streak to five games to improve to 16-3-1 and lead the league with 33 points and a winning percentage of .825. The Steelheads have won a team record and league season high seven road games in a row to improve 11-1-1 on the road. Idaho returns home to host Alaska on Thursday and Friday before traveling to Utah on Saturday.

The Steelheads lead the league with a goals-against average of 2.15 and are tied for second on the penalty kill with 86.0 percent (80-for-93). Idaho is 12-0-1 when it scores first and 8-0-1 in one-goal games.

Idaho’s Rejean Beauchemin is 6-1-0 with a shutout and leads the league with a goals-against average of 1.86 and a save percentage of .929 while rookie teammate Richard Bachman is second with a goals-against average of 2.12 and tied for fourth with a save percentage of 916. Bachman is 9-2-1 with a shutout and leads the league with nine wins while ranking fourth with 734 minutes.

Evan Barlow of the Steelheads is tied for second among league rookies with five power-play goals and tied for fourth with 10 goals and 20 points.

Bakersfield closed out its six-game home stand with a perfect 6-0-0 record to extend its winning streak to six games and its home winning streak to eight games. The eight consecutive home wins are a league season high and tie the team record set Mar. 14-Apr. 8, 2006 while the six wins in a row are one shy of the team mark set Mar. 4-17, 2007.

The Condors are in first place in the Pacific Division with a 14-6-0 record and are third in the league with 28 points and a winning percentage of .700. Bakersfield, which plays at Stockton on Friday and Saturday, is third in the league on the penalty kill with 86.0 percent (98-for-114) and is tied for third with a goals-against average of 2.85.

Bakersfield’s Sasha Pokulok leads league defensemen with eight goals while his 14 points tie him for fourth and his three power-play goals tie him for third.

Condors rookie Timo Pielmeier is 4-0-0 with a shootout win, a goals-against average of 1.96 and a save percentage of .933 in his last four starts. Pielmeier is 8-4-0 and tied for the league lead in shootout percentage with 1.000 while his eight wins tie him for second and his goals-against average of 2.78 is ninth.

South Carolina has won its last four games to improve to 13-6-4 and move into first place in the South Division with 30 points while Florida is 4-0-1 in its last five games and in second place at 11-7-3 and 25 points. Charlotte is 7-2-1 in its last 10 games and in third place at 11-4-2 and 24 points. The Checkers have scored 51 goals in their last 10 games and lead the league with 4.35 goals per game.

The Stingrays play at Gwinnett on Friday before hosting Elmira on Saturday and Sunday while Florida concludes its seven-game road trip with a game at Toledo on Wednesday and games at Cincinnati on Friday and Saturday. Charlotte hosts Gwinnett on Wednesday and Elmira on Friday before traveling to Gwinnett on Sunday.

Jacob Micflikier of the Everblades leads the league with 12 power-play assists and 15 power-play points and is tied for the ECHL lead with 22 assists and 31 points.