Today In The ECHL – March 5

Wheeling Nailers (42-13-2) at Johnstown Chiefs (34-17-6) 7:00 ET

* Johnstown is 4-1-0 against Wheeling in 2003-04 and 60-58-15 all-time in the regular season.
* Nailers rank second in the ECHL in scoring with 3.68 goals per game.
* Chiefs lead the ECHL on the penalty kill with 89.0 percent (226-for-254).
* Wheeling’s Tyler MacKay is 5-1-0 with a 1.34 goals against average and three shutouts in his last six games.

Dayton Bombers (19-33-5) at Charlotte Checkers (29-21-7) 7:30 ET

* Charlotte was 1-0-0 against Dayton in 2002-03 and is 8-3-1 all-time in the regular season.
* Dayton’s Jason Deskins is tied for second in the ECHL with four shorthand goals.
* Checkers are 10-3-2 under Derek Wilkinson, who took over on January 29.
* Bombers are 8-4-1 when leading after the first period and 13-9-5 in one-goal games.

Trenton Titans (28-21-6) at Cincinnati Cyclones (21-35-3) 7:30 ET

* Trenton in 2-0-0 against Cincinnati in 2003-04 after a 4-2 win on February 14.
* Cyclones went 1-12-1 and were outscored 49-21 in 14 games in February.
* Titans’ Matt Zultek ranks second in the ECHL with 15 power-play goals.
* Cincinnati is 9-2-0 when leading after the first period and 9-12-3 in one-goal games.

Louisiana IceGators (39-15-2) at Columbia Inferno (35-18-6) 7:30 ET

* Louisiana is 2-0-0 all-time against Columbia after a 4-1 win on January 31.
* Columbia leads the ECHL in scoring with 3.90 goals per game.
* IceGators rank second in the ECHL in goals allowed with 2.34 goals per game.
* Inferno’s Tim Smith is tied for the ECHL lead with 48 assists and 75 points.

Greensboro Generals (33-23-1) at Florence Pride (22-29-7) 7:30 ET

* Greensboro is 2-1-0 against Florence in 2003-04 after a 6-3 win on January 14.
* Florence’s Wes Goldie has a five-game point streak (2g-5a) and is tied for fourth in the ECHL with 30 goals.
* Generals’ Geno Parrish is tied for the third in the ECHL with 47 assists and ranks third among defensemen with 54 points.

San Diego Gulls (36-12-8) at Pensacola Ice Pilots (32-19-6) 7:05 CT
* First-ever meeting between San Diego and Pensacola.
* Pensacola’s Corey Neilson has seven points (2g-5a) in his last five games and leads ECHL defensemen with 63 points (16g-47a).
* Gulls’ Sylvain Deschantelets has a career-high 10-game point streak (6g-10a).
* Ice Pilots’ Brian Eklund leads the ECHL with 30 wins, 2,990 minutes and 1,779 saves.

Toledo Storm (21-27-8) at Peoria Rivermen (33-16-8) 7:05 CT

* Peoria is 5-0-2 against Toledo in 2003-04 and 49-22-5 all-time in the regular season.
* Storm’s Morten Ask leads the team with 28 assists and has seven points (3g-4a) in his last five games.
* Rivermen’s Tyler Rennette has four goals, four assists and is +4 in five games against Toledo.
* Toledo’s Jim Abbott is tied for fifth among ECHL rookies with 23 goals and ranks sixth with 47 points.

Florida Everblades (30-21-10) at Mississippi Sea Wolves (34-18-6) 7:35 CT

* Florida is 2-1-0 against Mississippi in 2003-04 after a 6-4 win on February 14.
* Sea Wolves rank third in the ECHL in scoring with 3.62 goals per game.
* Everblades’ Brian McCullough has two game-winning goals and nine points (5g-4a) in three games against Mississippi.
* Mississippi’s Steffon Walby is tied for fifth in the ECHL with 46 assists and ranks fourth with 71 points.

South Carolina Stingrays (32-21-3) at Idaho Steelheads (33-16-7) 7:05 MT

* First-ever meeting between Idaho and South Carolina.
* Stingrays’ road power play ranks second in the ECHL with 24.5 percent (34-for-139).
* Idaho’s Blair Allison is 10-0-3 with a 1.88 goals against average and a shutout in 14 home games.
* South Carolina’s Kirk Daubenspeck is 3-0-0 with a 2.27 goals against average in his last three games.