Utah's May Is 10th Player With Nine-Game Goal Streak
Utah's May Is 10th Player With Nine-Game Goal Streak
Monday, Feb. 16th, 2009
Utah rookie Tom May has scored a goal in nine consecutive games.
He is the first player since Brett N. Smith of Phoenix, who had 10 goals from Nov. 25-Dec. 16, 2006, and only the 10th player in the last 17 years to have a nine-game goal streak.
The 23-year-old May began his streak on Jan. 16 at Ontario and he has scored nine goals, including two game winners, and 12 points (9g-3a) in the nine games. He is second on the team with 17 goals and tied for second with two game-winning goals while ranking third with 30 points in 43 games.
Mathieu Benoit of Charlotte was the last ECHL player to have a 10-game goal streak, scoring 14 goals from Dec. 23, 2000-Feb. 2, 2001. Benoit was only the second player since 1992-93 to reach the 10-game plateau.
The ECHL record is 16 games by Darren Schwartz of the Wheeling Thunderbirds, who had 25 goals from Jan. 14-Feb. 21, 1993.The second-longest streak is 13 games by Kirby Lindal of Raleigh from Dec. 12, 1992-Jan. 24, 1993 while the third-longest is 12 games by Joe Gurney of Johnstown from Nov. 6-26, 1988 and the fourth-longest is 11 games by Rick Judson of Toledo, who had 13 goals from Dec. 9, 1995-Jan. 5, 1996.
National Conference - West Division
* Alaska is 16-4-1 all-time against the RoadRunners.
* Aces are 5-2-0 against Ontario with every game decided by two goals or less.
* Alaska plays at Phoenix on Saturday and at Ontario on Sunday.
* Bryan McGregor had a goal and three assists in 4-2 win against Phoenix on Saturday.
* Kris Sparre had Idaho’s first hat trick of the season in 6-1 win at Stockton on Feb. 9.
* Steelheads host Las Vegas on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
* RoadRunners are 6-5-0 in their last 11 road games.
* John McNabb has a three-game goal streak (3g) and a three-game point streak (3g-0a).
* RoadRunners play at Las Vegas on Monday and at Ontario on Friday before hosting Alaska on Saturday.
* Rookie Rob Hennigar has scored in 12 of his last 14 games (5g-19a).
* Rookie Peter Mannino has a goals-against average of 2.08 and a save percentage of .969 in his last two games.
* Grizzlies host Bakersfield on Monday and Wednesday and Stockton on Friday and Saturday.
Victoria Salmon Kings
* Victoria leads the ECHL on the road penalty kill with 90.9 percent (110-for-121).
* Chris St. Jacques has four points (2g-2a) in his last three games.
* Victoria plays at Ontario on Wednesday and at Bakersfield on Saturday and Sunday.
National Conference - Pacific Division
* Condors have won their last three games and are 5-1-0 in their last six games.
* Chad Painchaud has an eight-game point streak (6g-5a).
* Condors play at Utah on Monday and Wednesday and host Victoria on Saturday and Sunday.
Las Vegas Wranglers
* Wranglers are 9-1-1 in their last 11 games.
* Rookie Mick Lawrence has seven assists and 12 points in his last seven games.
* Wranglers host Phoenix on Monday and play at Idaho on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
* Reign are fifth in the league in attendance with 5,393 per game.
* Kellen Briggs is 2-0-0 with an overtime win and a goals-against average of 1.49 in his last two starts.
* Reign will host Victoria on Wednesday, Phoenix on Friday and Alaska on Sunday.
* Stockton leads the ECHL in attendance with 6,269 fans per game.
* Rookie Ryan Huddy has 26 goals, three shy of the Thunder record of 29 goals by Mike Lalonde in 2005-06.
* Stockton plays at Utah on Friday and Saturday.
American Conference - North Division
* Cincinnati has been in first place longer than any other North Division team over the last three seasons (239 days).
* Cyclones are 12-4-0 in their last 16 games.
* Cincinnati hosts Dayton on Friday and Saturday.
* Bombers have won their last four games against South Division teams.
* Defenseman Greg Labenski has five goals and eight points in his last four games.
* Bombers host South Carolina on Wednesday and play at Dayton on Friday and Saturday.
* Jackals raised their attendance to 3,300 per game with 7,357 for two games last week.
* Brandon Roach leads the team in the last seven games with six points (3g-3a).
* Jackals play at Johnstown on Saturday and Sunday.
* Brett Beauchamp had his first multiple-point game with two assists on Sunday.
* Ian Keserich is 4-0-0 with a goals-against average of 1.75 in his last four starts.
* Johnstown hosts South Carolina on Friday and Elmira on Saturday and Sunday.
* Reading has held its opponent to one goal or less four times and three have been since Larry Courville was named head coach on Jan. 6.
* Kirk MacDonald has an eight-game point streak (9g-6a).
* Reading plays at Trenton on Wednesday and hosts Wheeling on Saturday and South Carolina on Sunday.
* Jeremy Akeson has five assists and seven points in his last five games.
* Brad Snetsinger has nine assists and 13 points in his last nine games.
* Devils host Reading on Wednesday, Wheeling on Friday and Sunday and South Carolina on Saturday.
* Wheeling is second in the ECHL with 3.80 goals per game.
* Rookie Elgin Reid leads league defenseman with 13 goals and is fourth with 34 points.
* Wheeling plays at Trenton on Friday and Sunday and at Reading on Saturday.
American Conference - South Division
* Mike Bayrack leads the team with 31 assists and 46 points in 45 games.
* Jeff Jakaitis had season-high 54 saves in 2-1 overtime loss at Gwinnett on Sunday.
* Checkers host Florida on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
* Everblades lead the ECHL with eight shutouts.
* Kevin Baker has a 12-game point streak (12g-12a).
* Florida plays at Charlotte on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday and at Gwinnett on Sunday.
* Gladiators are 7-2-2 all-time in specialty jerseys after 2-1 overtime win against Charlotte on Sunday.
* Scott Marchesi scored the game winner on Sunday and is tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals.
* Gwinnett plays at Mississippi on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and hosts Florida on Sunday.
Mississippi Sea Wolves
* Ryan Cruthers leads the team with 26 goals and 51 points in 47 games.
* Jeremy Hall has a four-game point streak (2g-5a) and a four-game assist streak (5a).
* Sea Wolves host Gwinnett on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.
South Carolina Stingrays
* Stingrays are tied for second in the league with 12 shorthand goals.
* Jonathan Boutin is 4-2-0 since being acquired from Victoria.
* Stingrays play at Dayton on Wednesday, at Johnstown on Friday, at Trenton on Saturday and at Reading on Sunday.
Former ECHL Player Bylsma Named Interim Penguins Coach
PITTSBURGH - The Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League announced on Sunday that they have named former ECHL player Dan Bylsma as interim head coach.
The 38 year old will coach his first game for Pittsburgh on the road on Monday against the New York Islanders, who are coached by former ECHL player and coach Scott Gordon.
The Wheeling Nailers are the ECHL affiliate of Pittsburgh of the NHL and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL. There have been 396 former ECHL players who have played in NHL including 41 who have made their debut this season and 140 in the last four years.
Former ECHL coaches working as head coaches in the NHL are Gordon and Bruce Boudreau of the Washington Capitals. Boudreau, who coached Mississippi for three seasons winning the Kelly Cup championship in 1999, was named NHL Coach of the Year in 2007-08 becoming the first former ECHL coach to receive the award. Peter Laviolette, who began his coaching career with the Wheeling Nailers, led Carolina Hurricanes to the Stanley Cup in 2006.
Bylsma has been head coach of Wilkes-Barre Scranton in the American Hockey League which is 35-16-1-2 including an active eight-game winning streak. The Penguins said that they would announce further plans for the Wilkes-Barre/Scarnton staff, which includes former ECHL player Todd Reirden as an assistant coach, on Tuesday.
Bylsma began his professional career with Greensboro in the ECHL and had 60 points (25g-35a) in 60 games as a rookie in 1992-93 and 30 points (14g-16a) in 25 games in 1993-94. Selected in the sixth round (109th overall) by the Winnipeg Jets in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Bylsma played nine seasons in the NHL with Anaheim and Los Angeles and had 62 points (19g-43a) in 429 career NHL games.
He began his coaching career as an assistant coach with Cincinnati in the AHL in 2004-05 and the following season worked as an assistant coach for the New York Islanders of the NHL before joining Wilkes-Barre/Scranton as an assistant coach in 2006-07.
Reirden played in the ECHL each of his first two professional seasons and had 60 points (9g-51a) and 145 penalty minutes in 91 regular season games and nine points (2g-7a) and 14 penalty minutes in 14 postseason games for Jacksonville, Raleigh and Tallahassee from 1994-96. He played five seasons in the NHL from 1998-2004 and had 46 points (11g-35a) and 181 penalty minutes in 183 regular season games with Atlanta, Edmonton, Phoenix and St. Louis and one assist in five Stanley Cup Playoff games with St. Louis.
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