Cyclones, Devils Make North Race Interesting
Cyclones, Devils Make North Race Interesting
Tuesday, Jan. 27th, 2009
The race in the North Division is one of the tightest as only four points separate second-place Cincinnati and sixth-place Trenton.
Six of the teams in the division are in the Top 12 in the league in winning percentage led by Wheeling at 24-12-6 and 54 points. Defending Kelly Cup champion Cincinnati is in second place at 22-15-5 and 49 points followed by Johnstown at 23-16-2 and 48 points, Dayton at 21-17-5 and 47 points, Elmira at 21-18-4 and 46 points and Trenton at 21-16-3 and 45 points.
The two hottest teams are Cincinnati, which has won their last six games to improve to 8-2-0 in the last 10 games, and Trenton, which is 8-2-0 in the last 10 games and 18-5-2 in their last 25 games. The Cyclones will host Elmira on Wednesday before traveling to Dayton on Friday and Saturday while the Devils play at Elmira on Friday and Saturday.
The Nailers play at Reading on Friday before hosting Mississippi in a televised game on Saturday while Johnstown will host Mississippi on Wednesday and Friday and Reading on Saturday.
Wheeling rookie Bryan Ewing leads the league with 56 points (29g-27a) while rookie Jordan Morrison, who was called up to the American Hockey League by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Jan. 15, is tied for the league lead with 36 assists and third with 52 points. Ewing is first among rookies in goals and points and second in assists while Morrison is first in assists and second in points. Cincinnati’s Jimmy Kilpatrick (17g-19a) and Mark Van Guilder (11g-25a) are tied for sixth among league rookies in scoring and Van Guilder is third in assists.
Gerald Coleman of Trenton leads the ECHL with a goals-against average of 1.63 and a save percentage of .940. He is 14-2-1 and tied for third with three shutouts while ranking fifth in wins.
Wranglers, Condors Wear Prison Uniforms Friday
The Las Vegas Wranglers® will host the Bakersfield Condors and “Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Prison Uniform Night” this Friday.
The promotion was inspired by impeached Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was indicted in a federal investigation on a variety of charges including allegedly attempting to realize personal gain from filling the vacated Illinois Senate Seat vacated when Barack Obama was elected President of the United States.
The Wranglers jerseys on Friday will have broad, horizontal black and white stripes and an identification number that begins “ILLGOV-” followed by the player’s actual uniform number. The Condors jerseys will resemble the orange jumpsuits typically issued to prisoners and the on-ice officials will wear ‘prison guard’ jerseys.
There is also a premium seat located between the team benches now available to the highest bidder on eBay. The seat, which is actually a pair of seats, includes complimentary concessions and a replica of the Wranglers prison jersey.
National Conference - Pacific Division
* Bakersfield is second in the ECHL on the power play with 22.5 percent.
* Dave Bonk has a three-game goal streak (4g).
* Bakersfield plays at Las Vegas on Friday and Saturday.
Las Vegas Wranglers
* Steve Makway tied team record with a plus-minus rating of +5 on Sunday against Victoria.
* Defenseman Dan Spang tied team record with four assists on Sunday against Victoria.
* Las Vegas hosts Phoenix on Tuesday and Bakersfield on Friday and Saturday.
* Ontario averaged 8,224 fans the last two games including third-largest crowd of 7,916 on Sunday.
* Todd Jackson (3g-3a) and Itan Chavira (1g-3a) each have four-game point streak.
* Ontario plays at Alaska on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
* Stockton is 8-2-1 since Matt Thomas was named head coach on Dec. 29.
* Rookie James Bates has 14 points (5g-9a) in his last eight games.
* Stockton plays at Victoria on Tuesday and Wednesday and at Phoenix on Saturday.
National Conference - West Division
* Alaska is 4-0-1 in its last five games and 6-1-1 in the last eight games.
* Alaska has won the last two meetings and is 2-1-0 against Ontario.
* Alaska hosts Ontario on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
* Kris Sparre had eight points (4g-4a) in three games at Utah.
* Ben Nelson had seven assists in three games at Utah.
* Idaho returns to the ice on Feb. 4 at Bakersfield.
* Phoenix has won a season-high three consecutive road games.
* Rookie P.J. Fenton has a five-game point streak (4g-1a) including his first multiple-goal game on Sunday.
* Phoenix plays at Las Vegas on Tuesday and at Stockton on Saturday and hosts Utah on Friday.
* Utah has a point in its last eight games (2-0-6).
* Ryan Kinasewich has an eight-game point streak (7g-14a).
* Utah plays at Phoenix on Friday.
Victoria Salmon Kings
* Victoria leads the ECHL on the penalty kill on the road with 90.9 percent (100-for-110).
* Todd Ford was 2-0-0 with a shootout win and a goals-against average of 1.44 at Las Vegas last weekend.
* Victoria hosts Stockton on Tuesday and Wednesday.
American Conference - South Division
* Charlotte had second-largest crowd in team history with 11,848 at Time Warner Cable Arena on Saturday.
* Brad Ralph has a four-game point streak (2g-3a).
* Charlotte plays at Gwinnett on Friday and hosts South Carolina on Saturday.
* Kevin Baker has 11 power-play goals, tying the team record held by Reggie Berg (2007-08), Joe Blaznek (2002-03) and Tim Ferguson (1998-99).
* David Leggio has four shutouts, one shy of the team record held by Jeff Maund (2003-04) and Marc Magliarditi (1998-99).
* Florida plays at South Carolina on Friday and at Gwinnett on Saturday.
* Gwinnett is 11-5-4 when scoring the first goal.
* Jordan Fox leads the team with 14 goals, 20 assists and 34 points in 36 games.
* Gwinnett plays at South Carolina on Tuesday and hosts Charlotte on Friday and Florida on Saturday.
Mississippi Sea Wolves
* Mississippi is 2-1-0 against the North Division.
* Ryan Cruthers is fifth among ECHL rookies with 29 points and tied for fifth with 19 goals.
* Mississippi plays at Johnstown on Wednesday and Friday and at Wheeling on Saturday.
South Carolina Stingrays
* South Carolina is fourth in the ECHL on the power play with 20.2 percent (42-for-208).
* Travis Morin is tied for the league lead with 36 assists and is fourth with 48 points.
* South Carolina hosts Gwinnett on Tuesday, Florida on Friday and Charlotte on Saturday.
American Conference - North Division
* Cincinnati had second-largest crowd in history with 8,508 on Saturday.
* Ryan Nie has won first six games setting club record for most wins at start of a career.
* Cincinnati hosts Elmira on Wednesday and plays at Dayton on Friday and Saturday.
* Dayton is outscoring its opponents 52-38 in the third period and is 12-1-1 when leading after two periods.
* Mike McLean has 17 points (4g-13a) in his last 12 games.
* Dayton host Elmira on Tuesday and Cincinnati on Friday and Saturday.
* Elmira is 11-1-0 when leading after two periods.
* Chris Korchinski leads Elmira in January with seven goals and 13 points in 11 games.
* Elmira plays at Dayton on Tuesday and at Cincinnati on Wednesday and host Trenton on Friday and Saturday.
* Johnstown is 6-0-0 against Reading this season and has won the last 10 games against the Royals.
* Petr Pohl has a five-game point streak (2g-4a).
* Johnstown hosts Mississippi on Wednesday and Friday and Reading on Saturday.
* Brock Hooton has a 10-game point streak (6g-14a) and a six-game assist streak (10a).
* Kirk MacDonald has a four-game goal streak (5g) and a five-game point streak (5g-4a).
* Reading hosts Wheeling on Friday and plays at Johnstown on Saturday.
* Trenton has won eight consecutive home games, breaking the team record set Oct. 12-Nov. 23, 2001 and tied Feb. 20-Mar. 21, 2004.
* Devils are 18-5-2 in their last 25 games.
* Trenton plays at Elmira on Friday and Saturday.
* Wheeling is 19-3-4 when scoring first.
* Rookie Bryan Ewing leads the league with 56 points (29g-27a).
* Wheeling plays at Reading on Friday and hosts Mississippi on Saturday.
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