Today In The ECHL – March 19


Wheeling Nailers (48-14-3) at Dayton Bombers (22-37-5) 7:00 ET

* Wheeling is 8-0-0 against Dayton in 2003-04 and 52-39-6 all-time in the regular season.
* Dayton’s Jason Deskins leads the ECHL with six shorthand goals and has 9 points (4g-5a) in his last 10 games.
* Nailers’ J-F Dufour has 18 points (5g-13a) and is +10 in eight games against Dayton.
* Bombers’ Olivier Proulx has eight points (3g-5a) and is +4 in his last five games.

Peoria Rivermen (39-18-9) at Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (41-15-6) 7:05 ET

* Peoria is 1-0-2 against Atlantic City in 2003-04 after a 3-2 shootout loss on February 4.
* Bullies’ Scott Stirling leads the ECHL with a 1.84 goals against average and six shootout wins.
* Rivermen rank third in the ECHL in goals allowed with 2.48 goals per game.
* Atlantic City leads the ECHL in goals allowed wit h 2.26 goals per game.

Toledo Storm (22-32-9) at Cincinnati Cyclones (24-38-3) 7:30 ET

* Cincinnati is 4-3-1 against Toledo in 2003-04 and 13-12-3 all-time in the regular season.
* Storm’s Jim Abbott ranks seventh among ECHL rookies with 49 points (23g-26a).
* Cyclones are 11-2-0 when leading after the first period and 10-12-3 in one-goal games.
* Toledo is 13-6-5 when scoring first and 12-7-9 in one-goal games.

Greensboro Generals (35-26-1) at Florida Everblades (32-23-10) 7:30 ET

* Florida is 1-0-0 against Greensboro after a 4-3 win on November 27.
* Generals’ Jamie Hodson is 12-9-0 and ranks second in the ECHL with a .933 save percentage.
* Everblades’ Brian McCullough is tied for second in the ECHL with 77 points (36g-41a).
* Greensboro’s Geno Parrish ranks second among ECHL defensemen with 49 assists.

Reading Royals (33-22-9) at Trenton Titans (32-24-7) 7:30 ET

* Reading is 6-1-0 against Trenton in 2003-04 and 11-15-2 all-time in the regular season.
* Trenton’s Andrew Allen is 14-3-2 with a 1.97 goals against average and three shutouts in 20 home games.
* Royals’ road power play ranks third in the ECHL with 22.2 percent (40-for-180).
* Titans’ home penalty kill ranks second in the ECHL with 89.3 percent (117-for-131).

Columbia Inferno (38-19-7) at Roanoke Express (29-26-8) 7:35 ET

* Roanoke is 3-1-0 against Columbia in 2003-04 after a 4-2 win on March 4.
* Inferno’s Tim Smith leads the league with 83 points and ranks second with 54 assists.
* Express’ rookie Carl Mallette has an 11-game point streak (8g-9a) dating back to February 7.
* Columbia leads the ECHL in scoring with 3.89 goals per game.

Charlotte Checkers (31-26-7) at Augusta Lynx (27-28-7) 7:35 ET

* Charlotte is 2-1-2 against Augusta in 2003-04 after a 4-1 win on February 8.
* Lynx’ Jason Saal is 4-2-1 with a 2.23 goals against average and two shutouts in seven games in March.
* Checkers’ road penalty kill leads the ECHL with 89.7 percent (148-for-165).
* Augusta’s Louis Goulet has 14 points (6g-8a) and is +5 in his last 10 games.

Greenville Grrrowl (13-45-5) at Columbus Cottonmouths (34-23-6) 7:35 ET

* Columbus is 5-0-0 against Greenville in 2003-04 and 11-6-2 all-time in the regular season.
* Grrrowl’s Mike Nelson has eight points (2g-6a) and is +2 in his last five games.
* Cottonmouths rank second in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 88.4 percent (259-for-293).
* Greenville is 6-for-26 on the power play (23.1 percent) in seven games in March.

Florence Pride (26-30-8) at Gwinnett Gladiators (35-19-7) 7:35 ET

* Gwinnett is 3-0-0 all-time against Florence after a 2-1 shootout win on February 21.
* Pride’s Wes Goldie ranks third in the ECHL with 34 goals and is tied for third with 14 power-play goals.
* Gladiators’ Trevor Prior is 6-1-3 with a 2.34 goals against average in his last 10 games.
* Florence’s Sebastien LaPlante is 3-1-1 with a 1.78 goals against average and a shutout in his last five games.

Alaska Aces (33-26-4) at South Carolina Stingrays (35-24-3) 7:35 ET

* South Carolina is 1-0-0 all-time against Alaska after a 4-1 win on Tuesday.
* Aces rank third in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 88 percent (293-for-333).
* Curtis Huppe scored the game-winning goal and had three points (2g-1a) against Alaska on March 16.
* Alaska’s Lance Mayes is 3-1-0 with a 1.23 goals against average and a shutout in four games in March.

Mississippi Sea Wolves (37-19-7) at Louisiana IceGators (46-17-2) 7:05 CT

* Louisiana is 8-3-0 against Mississippi in 2003-04 and 38-21-8 all-time in the regular season.
* Sea Wolves defenseman Jim Baxter has 12 points (2g-10a) and is +4 in nine games against Louisiana.
* IceGators rank second in the ECHL in goals allowed with 2.31 goals per game.
* Mississippi ranks third in the ECHL in scoring with 3.56 goals per game.

Long Beach Ice Dogs (21-36-5) at Bakersfield Condors (21-34-9) 7:00 PT

* Long Beach is 5-3-0 against Bakersfield in 2003-04 after a 7-4 win on March 7.
* Condors’ Jason Ralph has 13 points (6g-7a) and is +4 in eight games against Long Beach.
* Ice Dogs’ T.J. Aceti is 4-0-0 with a 3.93 goals against average and a shutout in four games against Bakersfield.
* Bakersfield’s Paul Rosebush has a four-game goal streak (6g) dating back to March 7.

Idaho Steelheads (37-18-7) at Las Vegas Wranglers (38-19-6) 7:05 PT

* Idaho is 4-3-0 all-time against Las Vegas after a 3-1 win on December 31.
* Wranglers’ Marc Magliarditi is 17-4-1 with a 2.22 goals against average and a shutout in 23 home games.
* Steelheads’ Scott Kabotoff is 3-0-0 with a 1.92 goals against average in four games with the Steelheads.
* Las Vegas’ Dave Cousineau is tied for the ECHL rookie lead with 11 power-play goals and is tied for second among defensemen with four game-winning goals.

Fresno Falcons (19-37-6) at San Diego Gulls (40-12-10) 7:35 PT
* San Diego is 5-2-0 against Fresno in 2003-04 after a 5-4 win on March 13.
* Falcons rank second in the ECHL in penalty minutes with 26.7 penalty minutes per game.
* Gulls’ Mark Pederson leads the ECHL with 42 goals, 18 power-play goals and ranks fifth with 76 points.
* Kris Porter has six points (3g-3a) in his last five games and leads Fresno with 42 points (15g-27a)

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

Atlantic City can clinch a Kelly Cup Playoffs berth on Friday if:

Atlantic City wins OR Trenton loses

Columbia can clinch a Kelly Cup Playoffs berth on Friday if:

Columbia wins AND Charlotte loses OR

Columbia loses in overtime/shootout AND Charlotte loses in regulation

Peoria can clinch a Kelly Cup Playoffs berth on Friday if:

Peoria wins AND Trenton loses

Career Regular Season Assist Leaders
1. 460 – Chris Valicevic, 1993-2002 (590 games)
2. 458 – Louis Dumont, Mississippi, 1994-Present (625 games)

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

Most Shutouts, Season
11 – Wheeling Nailers, 2003-04
10 – Louisiana IceGators, 2001-02
9 – Jackson Bandits, 2002-03
Trenton Titans, 2000-01
Richmond Renegades, 1998-99
8 – Columbus Cottonmouths, 2003-04

Top 10 Single Season Point Increases
1. Knoxville, 50 points (44 points in 1992-93 to 94 points in 1993-94)
2. Knoxville, 49 points (48 points in 1989-90 to 97 points in 1990-91)
3. Arkansas, 43 points (39 points in 1999-2000 to 82 points in 2000-01)
4. Wheeling, 40 points (59 points in 2002-03 to 99 points in 2003-04)
5. Greensboro, 39 points (54 points in 2001-02 to 93 points in 2002-03)