Today In The ECHL – March 23


Greenville Grrrowl (14-47-5) at Greensboro Generals (37-27-1) 7:00 ET

* Greenville is 3-3-0 against Greensboro in 2003-04 and 15-7-2 all-time in the regular season.
* Greensboro’s Jamie Hodson ranks second in the ECHL with a .931 save percentage.
* Greenville’s Mike Nelson has seven points (2g-5a) and is +3 in his last five games.
* Generals’ Geno Parrish ranks second among ECHL defensemen with 51 assists and ranks third with 59 points.

Alaska Aces (35-26-5) at Gwinnett Gladiators (36-21-7) 7:05 ET

* First-ever meeting between Alaska and Gwinnett.
* Gladiators’ Kevin Doell ranks third among ECHL rookies with 64 points (27g-37a).
* Aces rank third in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 87.8 percent (302-for-344).
* Gwinnett’s Trevor Prior is 8-3-2 with a 2.66 goals against average and a shutout in 13 home games.

Fresno Falcons (20-38-6) at Idaho Steelheads (37-20-7) 7:05 ET

* Idaho is 6-0-1 against Fresno in 2003-04 after a 7-2 win on January 17.
* Fresno’s Mike Brusseau is 4-2-0 with a 2.04 goals against average and a shutout in six games in March.
* Steelheads’ Blair Allison is 11-2-3 with a 2.09 goals against average and a shutout in 17 home games.
* Falcons rank second in the ECHL in penalty minutes with 26.4 penalty minutes per game.

Wheeling Nailers (48-14-4) at Reading Royals (33-24-9) 7:05 ET

* Wheeling is 7-0-0 against Reading in 2003-04 and 11-8-1 all-time in the regular season.
* Royals’ power play ranks fourth in the ECHL with 20.5 percent (70-for-342).
* Joe Exter is 7-1-0 with a 2.20 goals against average and two shutouts in 12 games with Wheeling.
* Reading’s Cody Rudkowsky is 13-3-1 with a 1.95 goals against average in 17 home games.

Long Beach Ice Dogs (22-38-5) at San Diego Gulls (42-13-10) 7:05 ET

* San Diego is 8-0-1 against Long Beach in 2003-04 after a 4-2 win on March 14.
* Ice Dogs’ Alex Kim has 14 points (4g-10a) in nine games in March and leads the team with 48 points (23g-25a).
* Gulls’ Sylvain Deschatelets has a 19-game point streak (11g-18a) dating back to February 10.
* Long Beach’s T.J.Aceti is 3-2-1 with a 3.09 goals against average in his last seven games.

Florence Pride (27-31-8) at South Carolina Stingrays (36-25-3) 7:05 ET

* South Carolina is 3-3-0 against Florence in 2003-04 after a 7-4 loss on March 12.
* Pride’s Sebastien LaPlante is 3-1-1 with a 2.76 goals against average and a shutout in his last five games.
* Stingrays’ Kirk Daubenspeck is 13-6-1 with a 2.45 goals against average and two shutouts in 20 home games.
* Florence’s Wes Goldie ranks third in the ECHL with 36 goals and is tied for third with 14 power-play goals.

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

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

Reading loses

Most Shutouts, Individual, Career
20 – 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, 41 points (59 points in 2002-03 to 100 points in 2003-04)
5. Greensboro, 39 points (54 points in 2001-02 to 93 points in 2002-03)