Today In The ECHL – March 26


Augusta Lynx (29-29-7) at Greenville Grrrowl (14-49-5) 7:05 ET

* Augusta is 4-1-0 against Greenville in 2003-04 and 22-17-3 all-time in the regular season.
* Grrrowl’s Mike Nelson has 13 points (3g-10a) and is +4 in his last 10 games.
* Lynx’ Jason Saal is 6-2-1 with a 2.40 goals against average and two shutouts in his last nine games.
* Greenville is 11-15-1 when scoring first and 5-14-5 in one goal games.

Florence Pride (27-32-8) at Charlotte Checkers (31-29-8) 7:30 ET

* Florence is 2-1-1 against Charlotte in 2003-04 after a 6-1 win on March 7.
* Checkers’ penalty kill ranks third in the ECHL with 87.4 percent (285-for-326).
* Pride’s Sebastien LaPlante is 5-3-1 with a 2.77 goals against average in his last nine games.
* Charlotte is tied for the ECHL lead with 14 shorthand goals.

Reading Royals (34-24-9) at Cincinnati Cyclones (25-41-3) 7:30 ET

* Reading is 2-0-1 against Cincinnati in 2003-04 and 5-3-1 all-time in the regular season.
* Cyclones’ Jade Galbraith has a goal and four assists in two games against Reading.
* Royals’ Lars Pettersen has two goals and three assists in three games against Cincinnati.
* Cincinnati ranks 31st in the ECHL in scoring with 2.42 goals per game.

Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies (41-18-6) at Toledo Storm (23-33-10) 7:30 ET

* Atlantic City was 2-0-1 against Toledo in 2002-03 and is 7-1-2 all-time in the regular season.
* Rookie Jim Abbott leads the Storm with 26 goals and 54 points.
* Bullies’ Jon Cullen ranks third among ECHL rookies with 41 assists and ranks second with 68 points.
* Toledo’s Kris Waltze has four goals, three assists and is +3 in his last five games.

Greensboro Generals (39-27-1) at Trenton Titans (35-25-7) 7:30 ET

* Greensboro is 2-1-0 against Trenton in 2003-04 after a 6-4 win on Thursday.
* Titans’ Scott Bertoli has two goals and six points in three games against Greensboro.
* Generals’ Matt Turek has a power-play goal and five points (3g-2a) in three games against Trenton.
* Trenton’s Matt Zultek ranks second in the ECHL with 17 power-play goals.

Johnstown Chiefs (41-20-6) at Wheeling Nailers (48-15-4) 7:30 ET

* Johnstown is 5-3-0 against Wheeling in 2003-04 and 61-60-15 all-time in the regular season.
* Nailers’ Joe Exter is 7-2-0 with a 2.38 goals against average and two shutouts in 13 games.
* Chiefs rank second in the ECHL on the penalty kill with 88.4 percent (260-for-294).
* Wheeling ranks second in the ECHL in scoring with 3.63 goals per game.

Florida Everblades (34-24-10) at Roanoke Express (33-26-8) 7:30 ET

* Florida is 2-1-0 against Roanoke in 2003-04 and 4-1-1 all-time in the regular season.
* Roanoke rookie Carl Mallette has a 15-game point streak (10g-11a) dating back to February 7.
* Everblades defenseman Chris B. Thompson has a shorthand goal and five points (2g-3a) in two games against Roanoke.
* Express’ David Belitski is 6-0-1 with a 1.95 goals against average in his last seven games.

Columbia Inferno (40-20-8) at South Carolina Stingrays (37-26-3) 7:30 ET

* Columbia is 3-1-0 against South Carolina in 2003-04 after a 6-3 win on Thursday.
* South Carolina’s Mike Barrie and Curtis Huppe each have seven points (3g-4a) in their last five games.
* Inferno leads the ECHL in scoring with 3.85 goals per game.
* Stingrays’ David Brumby is 3-1-0 with a 1.96 goals against average and a shutout in seven games in March.

Columbus Cottonmouths (35-23-7) at Pensacola Ice Pilots (36-20-9) 7:05 CT

* Pensacola is 3-1-0 against Columbus in 2003-04 and 7-2-1 all-time in the regular season.
* Columbus’ Jason Tapp is tied for the ECHL lead with five shutouts and ranks third with a 2.20 goals against average.
* Ice Pilots’ Brian Eklund leads the ECHL with 34 wins, 3,421 minutes and an ECHL record 2,036 saves.
* Cottonmouths lead the ECHL on the penalty kill with 88.8 percent (271-for-305).

Dayton Bombers (25-37-5) at Peoria Rivermen (41-18-9) 7:05 CT

* Peoria is 4-3-1 against Dayton in 2003-04 and 43-25-9 all-time in the regular season.
* Bombers have a season-high four-game win streak dating back to March 17.
* Rivermen rank third in the ECHL in goals allowed with 2.47 goals per game.
* Dayton’s Janne Jokila and Olivier Proulx each have 14 points (5g-9a) in 10 games in March.

Gwinnett Gladiators (37-21-7) at Texas Wildcatters (19-41-5) 7:05 CT

* First-ever meeting between Gwinnett and Texas.
* Texas rookie John Snowden leads the team with 12 goals and 24 points in 31 home games.
* Gladiators’ Trevor Prior is 6-2-2 with a 2.00 goals against average and two shutouts in his last 10 games.
* Wildcatters are 10-3-2 when leading after the first period and 10-9-5 in one-goal games.

Louisiana IceGators (46-19-2) at Mississippi Sea Wolves (40-19-7) 7:35 CT

* Mississippi is 4-5-3 against Louisiana in 2003-04 after a 3-1 win on March 19.
* IceGators lead the ECHL on the power play with 22.4 percent (77-for-344).
* Sea Wolves rank third in the ECHL in scoring with 3.56 goals per game.
* Louisiana is tied for the ECHL lead in goals allowed with 2.34 goals per game.

San Diego Gulls (43-13-10) at Idaho Steelheads (38-20-8) 7:05 MT

* Idaho is 2-5-1 against San Diego in 2003-04 after a 3-2 overtime win on February 7.
* Gulls’ Trevor Koenig is 32-7-8 and ranks fourth in the ECHL with a 2.25 goals against average.
* Steelheads’ Blair Allison is 12-3-3 with a 2.19 goals against average and a shutout in 19 home games.
* San Diego’s Sylvain Deschatelets has a 20-game point streak (11g-21a) dating back to February 10.

Fresno Falcons (21-39-6) at Las Vegas Wranglers (41-19-6) 7:05 PT

* Fresno is 3-7-0 all-time against Las Vegas after a 1-0 win on March 7.
* Wranglers’ Marc Magliarditi is 18-4-1 with a 2.13 goals against average and two shutouts in 24 home games.
* Falcons’ Mike Brusseau is 4-2-0 with a 2.28 goals against average and a shutout in his last six games.
* Las Vegas’ Eric Schneider has two game-winning goals and 12 points (8g-4a) in five games against Fresno.

Bakersfield Condors (22-36-9) at Long Beach Ice Dogs (22-39-6) 7:30 PT

* Bakersfield is 4-2-2 against Long Beach in 2003-04 and 20-14-5 all-time in the regular season.
* Long Beach’s Alex Kim has nine points (4g-5a) in five games against Bakersfield.
* Paul Rosebush has two game-winning goals and 14 points (10g-4a) in 10 games against Long Beach.
* Ice Dogs’ T.J. Aceti is 5-1-0 with a shutout in six games against the Condors.

2004 Kelly Cup Playoffs Update

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

Mississippi wins AND Columbus loses in regulation

Wheeling can clinch the Northern Division and the Eastern Conference on Friday if:

Wheeling wins

OR

Atlantic City loses in regulation

OR

Wheeling loses in overtime/shootout AND Atlantic City loses in overtime/shootout

Columbia can clinch the Southern Division on Friday if:

Columbia wins

OR

Greensboro loses regulation

Most Shutouts, Individual, Career
20 – Marc Magliarditi, 1997 to present
18 – Daniel Berthiaume, 1994 to present
16 – Jason Saal, 1996 to present
14 – David Brumby, 1996 to present
Maxime Gingras, 1998-2003
13 – 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)

Most Minutes Played By A Goaltender, Season
3,723 – Mark Michaud, Hampton Roads, 1993-94
3,471 – Greg Hewitt, Mobile, 2001-02
3,454 – Kirk Daubenspeck, South Carolina, 2002-03
3,421 – Brian Eklund, Pensacola, 2003-04
3,408 – Jan Lasak, Hampton Roads, 1999-2000

Most Shutouts, Season
7 – Frederic Cloutier, Louisiana, 2001-02
David Brumby, Jackson, 1999-2000
Maxime Gingras, Richmond, 1998-99
5 – several players, most recently by:
Jason Tapp, Columbus, 2003-04
Derek Gustafson, Louisiana, 2003-04

Most Wins By A Goaltender, Season
38 – Mark Michaud, Hampton Roads, 1993-94
36 – Kirk Daubenspeck, South Carolina, 2002-03
Jan Lasak, Hampton Roads, 1999-2000
Doug Bonner, Louisiana, 1997-98
Marc Delorme, Louisiana, 1996-97
35 – Darryl Paquette, Hampton Roads, 1996-97
Jeff Salajko, Columbus, 1996-97
34 – Brian Eklund, Pensacola, 2003-04

Most Wins, Season
56 – Louisiana IceGators, 2001-02
53 – Florida Everblades, 1999-2000
51 – Pee Dee Pride, 1998-99
50 – Trenton Titans, 2000-01
48 – Wheeling, 2003-04
Peoria Rivermen, 2002-03
Toledo Storm, 1995-96

Most Home Wins, Season
30 – Louisiana IceGators, 2001-02
29 – Pee Dee Pride, 1998-99
Toledo Storm, 2002-03
28 – several teams, most recently by:
San Diego, 2003-04