Today In The ECHL – March 16

Augusta Lynx (27-27-7) at Gwinnett Gladiators (34-19-7) 7:05 ET

* Gwinnett is 4-0-0 all-time against Augusta after a 7-2 win on December 30.
* Lynx’ Jason Saal is 4-1-1 with a 2.09 goals against average and two shutouts in six games in March.
* Gladiators’ Kevin Doell is tied for second among ECHL rookies with 26 goals and ranks third with 61 points.
* Augusta’s Terry Marchant has a four-game assist streak (4a) dating back to March 3.

Peoria Rivermen (39-17-8) at Reading Royals (31-22-9) 7:05 ET

* Reading is 2-2-1 against Peoria in 2003-04 and 4-5-1 all-time in the regular season.
* Peoria’s Levente Szuper is 6-0-0 with a 1.67 goals against average and two shutouts in six games in March.
* Royals are 0-5-1 at home in March after starting the season 21-1-3 at home.
* Rivermen rank third in the ECHL in goals allowed with 2.44 goals per game.

Alaska Aces (32-25-4) at South Carolina Stingrays (34-24-3) 7:05 ET

* First-ever meeting between South Carolina and Alaska.
* Aces rank third in the ECHL on the power play with 87.7 percent (286-for-326).
* Stingrays’ Kirk Daubenspeck is 13-6-1 with a 2.45 goals against average and two shutouts in 20 home games.
* Alaska’s Lance Mayes is 2-1-0 with a 1.34 goals against average and a shutout in three games in March.

Pensacola Ice Pilots (34-20-8) at Mississippi Sea Wolves (36-19-7) 6:05 CT

* Pensacola is 5-4-3 against Mississippi in 2003-04 after a 3-2 overtime win on March 9.
* Mississippi’s Jim Baxter leads ECHL defensemen with five power-play goals and ranks second with 60 points (16g-44a).
* Ice Pilots’ Corey Neilson ranks second in the ECHL with 53 assists and leads ECHL defensemen with 70 points.
* Sea Wolves ranks second in the ECHL in scoring with 3.55 goals per game.

Charlotte Checkers (31-25-7) at Columbia Inferno (37-19-7) 7:30 ET

* Charlotte is 2-0-1 against Columbia in 2003-04 and 5-7-1 all-time in the regular season.
* Inferno’s Tim Smith leads the ECHL with 79 points and ranks third with 52 assists.
* Checkers’ road power play leads the ECHL with 89.4 percent (143-for-160).
* Tim Smith leads the league with 79 points and ranks third with 52 assists.

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Alaska can clinch a Kelly Cup Playoffs berth on Tuesday if:

Alaska wins

OR

Alaska loses in overtime/shootout

Most Shutouts, Individual, Career
19 – Marc Magliarditi, 1997 to present
18 – Daniel Berthiaume, 1994 to present
16 – Jason Saal, 1996 to present
14 – Maxime Gingras, 1998-2003
13 – David Brumby, 1996 to present
Scott Stirling, 2000 to present
Sandy Allan, 1996-2002

Career Regular Season Assist Leaders
1. 460 – Chris Valicevic, 1993-2002 (590 games)
2. 457 – Louis Dumont, Mississippi, 1994-Present (624 games)