ECHL Report

By Ron Valerino


PLAYER OF THE WEEK:
Greg Pankewicz — Pensacola Ice Pilots
The 6-0 and 200-pound Pankewicz scored two goals and had five assists in
Pensacolao’s two games at Florida over the weekend, and he leads the East
Coast Hockey League with 13 assists and 17 points in seven games.

GOALIE OF THE WEEK: Tyrone Garner — Greenville Grrrowl
The 23-year-old Garner went 2-1-0 with a 1.88 goals against average and a
.950 save percentage while playing three games in three nights. He opened
the week with a 3-1 loss against Trenton on Thursday, but rebounded on
Friday making 39 saves and picking up an assist in a 4-1 win against Macon.
The 6-3 and 200-pound Garner closed out the week with 35 saves in a 4-1 win
at Richmond to improve to 4-2-1 with a 1.82 goals against average and a .942
save percentage. Garner, who was drafted in the fourth round (96th overall)
by the New York Islanders in 1996, leads the ECHL with 211 saves.

NORTHERN CONFERENCE NOTES:


ROANOKE:
The Roanoke Express lost in regulation for the first time this
season in Charlotte on Friday night, but bounced back on Saturday beating
Wheeling. The Express is now 6-1-1 and faces a home and home series against
Atlantic City this weekend. Goal scorers this week : Rick Kowalsky, Joe
Dusbabek, Bret DeCecco, Frank Novock, and Terence Tootoo.

RICHMOND: The Renegades are now 5-2 after splitting two games at home last
weekend. Rod Taylor played in his 596th career ECHL game Saturday. He can
tie the league record held by Bob Woods Sunday in Cincinnati. Taylor is 57
points away from becoming the ECHL’s all-time career scoring leader.

ATLANTIC CITY: Luke Curtin scored a pair of goals, including one on the
power play, and Shawn Degagne stopped 34 shots as the Atlantic City
Boardwalk Bullies earned their first road victory of the season, 3-2 over
the Reading Royals.

READING: The Reading Royals have acquired another player. Reading picked up
big defenseman, Philippe Lakos from the Florida Everblades for future
considerations. In four games with Florida this season, Lakos picked up six
minutes in penalties. Prior to joining Florida this season, the Toronto
Ontario native played for the Toledo Storm last season and Jacksonville in
1999-00. For Toledo, Lakos racked up almost 200 penalty minutes in 66 games.

CHARLOTTE: Former Charlotte Checker Richard Scott was called up from the
AHL’s Hartford Wolf Pack and played with the New York Rangers on Saturday
night in Boston. With the call up, Scott became the 12th former Charlotte
Checker to play in the National Hockey League. Scott, 23, played junior
hockey with the Oshawa Generals in the OHL. In his last season in Oshawa,
Scott tallied 24 points (12g, 12a) and 193 penalty minutes in 54 games. In
1999-00, his first season in Charlotte, the 6-2, 195-pound left wing
recorded 317 penalty minutes, which is the second most by any Checker in a
single season. Scott appeared in only 59 games as a Checker in his career
and ranks seventh on the Checkers’ all-time penalty minute list with 339.

PEORIA: After opening the season 0-3-1, Peoria has won its last three games
to move from the bottom of the Northwest Division up to second place, only
one point behind leader Cincinnati. The Rivermen swept their home-and-home
series against Toledo last weekend, winning 4-3 in a shootout at home on
Friday and 5-2 at Toledo on Saturday.

TOLEDO: Last weekend the Storm lost a pair of games to Peoria. The Storm’s
winless streak has now hit 5, which ties the longest winless streak in
franchise history.

DAYTON: In a relatively light week of game action, the Dayton Bombers
defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones 4-1 on Sunday night in the team’s lone ECHL
contest. With the triumph, the Bombers improved to 2-3. In addition, they
avenged a 5-2 loss at Cincinnati on October 20 in the teams’ first regular
season head-to-head encounter. Rookie forwards Preston Mizzi and Jeff
Boulanger netted their first professional goals. Rob Bonneau and Bill
McCauley also scored for the Bombers.

TRENTON: On Friday Ben Stafford recorded a hat trick as the Trenton Titans
outlasted the Columbia Inferno, 8-6, to tie the ECHL record for consecutive
season-opening wins with eight. Saturday the host South Carolina Stingrays
ended the Trenton Titans’ season-opening eight-game winning streak with a
5-3 victory.

CINCINNATI: Saturday night Yevgeny Pavlov scored twice and Eric Lavigne had
a goal and an assist as the visiting Cincinnati Cyclones defeated the
Johnstown Chiefs, 5-3. Sunday Jeff Zehr netted the only tally for the
Cyclones, who had a four-game winning streak stopped by Dayton losing 4-1.

JOHNSTOWN: The Saint John Flames announced today that left-wing Dan Carlson
has been re-assigned to the Johnstown Chiefs, the Club’s East Coast Hockey
League affiliate. Carlson began the season with Johnstown and posted 2 goals
and 3 assists for 5 points in 4 games before being recalled by Saint John on
October 20. Carlson appeared in 4 games with Saint John during his recall
and collected 2 penalty minutes.
The Flames also announced today that defenceman Philippe Roy has been
released from his Professional Tryout Agreement and will report to the
Johnstown Chiefs. Roy began the season with Saint John and collected 1
assist and 15 penalty minutes in 9 games with the Flames. Eric Schneider is
currently on a 5 game goal scoring streak. The Chiefs penalty kill is ranked
26th in the ECHL (42 of 56; 75.0%).

WHEELING: The Nailers split the weekend losing to Roanoke 4-1 on Saturday
and bouncing back with a 6-2 win over Johnstown. On Saturday Demitri
Doulebenets scored the lone Nailer goal. Sunday Bogdan Rudenko popped in 3
first period goals. Also scoring for the Nailers was Brendan Walsh, Kurt
Drummond, and Dylan Gyori. Wheeling’s power play is ranked 8th in the ECHL
(6 for 33; 18.2%). Former Pittsburgh Penguin Chris Wells has three assists
in six games with the Nailers. Brendan Walsh is tied for second in the ECHL
with 12 minor penalties. Goalie Joel Laing has started all six games for
Wheeling. Tyler MacKay has not seen any action. The Nailers only return five
members from last years team (Mike Hurley, Arpad Mihaly, J.P. Soucy, Doug
Schmidt and Joel Laing). The Nailers are only allowing 2.17 goals/game, (2nd
lowest in the ECHL).

PITTSBURGH FORGE NAHL JUNIOR A …… NEWS:
Find all the info you need on Pittsburgh’s new Junior A team at:

http://www.pittsburghforge.com/
http://www.nahl.com/

North American Hockey League perennial power, Detroit’s Compuware
Ambassadors make their first visit to Neville Island and the Pittsburgh
Forge, Friday November 2 & Saturday November 3, with both games dropping the
puck at 7:30 pm.

The Forge sit four points back of the Ambassadors in the standings, looking
to jump into first place in the Eastern Division. The task won’t be an easy
one, as Compuware brings an 11 game winning streak into town with them.
Forces will collide throughout the weekend, as the Forge put their
league-best power play (26.8 percent) up against the Ambassadors
league-leading penalty killing unit. (91.6 percent) The struggle carries
over to the other side of the puck as well, with the Ambassadors sporting
the #2 power play in the league (26.5) and the Forge the #3 penalty kill
(84.7).

Heading into the weekend, the hot hand for the Forge is Kenny Trombetta,
with 7 points (4 goals, 3 assists) in his last 4 games.

PITTSBURGH PROSPECTS STATS 2001/2002 Season ….

** Names and Stats will be updated for the 2001/2002 season **

PITTSBURGH BORN PROSPECTS STATS:

Player             POS  Team               GP   G   A  PTS  PIM
Bill Thomas        F    Cleveland NAHL     11   1   2   3    6
Carmin Posteraro   F    Capital NAHL       11   2   2   4   13
Dave Gallagher     F    Texas NAHL         10   5   2   7    2
Sean Berkstressor  F    Pittsburgh NAHL     8   0   1   1   19
Bernie Chmiel      D    Pittsburgh NAHL    12   3   3   6   15
Brian Hartman      D    Pittsburgh NAHL    14   1   0   1   12
Mike Handza        F    Pittsburgh NAHL    14   9   5  14   16
Denis Kirstein     F    Pittsburgh NAHL    12   1   2   3   27
Dylan Reese        F    Pittsburgh NAHL    13   2   4   6   24
Chris Wey          D    Pittsburgh NAHL     8   0   0   0   12
Ken Trombetta      F    Pittsburgh NAHL    14   5   7  12   32
Pat Levendusky     F    Pittsburgh NAHL     9   6   5  11    4
JB Bittner         F   Ohio State CCHA     4   1   2   3   19
R.J. Umberger      F    Ohio State CCHA     4   2   3   5    2
Jason Crain        D    Ohio State CCHA     4   1   2   3    2
Keith Stanich      D    Wayne State CHA     4   0   0   0    6
Jim Abbott         F    New Hampshire HE    4   0   3   3    2
Jamie King         D    Mercyhurst MAAC     3   0   0   0    2
Cliff Loya         D    Maine HE            6   0   1   1   14
Ryan Malone        F    St. Cloud WCHA      6   3   3   6   10
Joe Gaul           F    Dartmouth ECAC      x   x   x   x    x
Tucker Veenis      D    Colgate ECAC        4   1   0   1    0
Gabe Rehak         F    Army MAAC           2   0   0   0    4
Lou Garriton       F    Billings AWHL       6   5   0   5    2
Matt Puntureri     F    Guelph   OHL    14   0   1   1    7

                                           GPI  AVG   W  L  SOL SO   SPCT
Mike Betz          G    Ohio State CCHA    4   3.19  2  1   1   0   0.880
Tim Heneroty       G    Pittsburgh NAHL    14   2.57 11  3   0   0   0.895
Mike Polidor       G    Air Force           8   4.69  3  4   0   0   0.854
Dwight LaBrosse    G    Guelph OHL    14   3.39  7  5   2   1   0.895


** Anyone knowing of a Pittsburgh kid playing minor pro, college or Junior
A, send me an email with updates and I’ll include him in the stats **

UNTIL NEXT TIME ….. Stay Onsides