The ECHL Report

By Ron Valerino

WHEELING :
Friday, November 16

Wheeling 4 @ Reading 5
The Nailers won the first game of the season series 3-1 played in Wheeling on November 3. This was the Nailers first ever visit to Reading. The Nailers fell behind 1-0 early in the game on a Reading goal at 3:04. It didnt get easier for the Nailers as the Royals scored three more times in the first period to take a 4-0 lead after one period of play. At 2:09 of the second period the Nailers scored to get back to within three goals at 4-1. Dylan Gyori scored the Nailers goal with Mike Hurley and Dan Kopec assisting. Reading recaptured its four-goal edge with their final goal of the game at 9:42 of the second period.

Before the second period ended the Nailers were able to cut the Royals lead to two goals at 5-3 with an even strength and a power play goal. Mike Hurley scored the Nailers second point at 12:02 with Mark Moore and Bruce Watson assisting. The Nailers power play goal came at 18:58 of the second period scored by Chris Wells with the assists going to Moore and Gyori. Late in the third period the Nailers pulled their goalie for an extra attacker and scored at 19:12 to get to within one goal at 5-4. Gyori scored the goal, his second of the game, from Hurley and Wells. Joel Laing made 30 saves on 35 shots in the Nailers loss.

Saturday, November 17
Wheeling 2 @ Atlantic City 3

With the loss the night before the Nailers entered this game one game below .500 and were in danger of falling two games below .500 for the first time this season. The Nailers and the Boardwalk Bullies skated to a scoreless tie through one period of play with Atlantic City out-shooting the Nailers 17-6 during the first twenty minutes. In the second period the Nailers took a 1-0 lead on a Kurt Drummond goal at 4:30. The goal was a four on four goal as each team had a man in the penalty box. The Nailers held the one goal advantage just :43 before the Bullies tied the score on the same four on four situation.

Before the second period ended the Bullies scored a power play goal to take a 2-1 lead at the end of two periods. In the third period the Bullies scored another power play goal to take a 3-1 lead over the Nailers. Gyori scored a power play goal at 4:18 of the third period to get the Nailers to within one goal at 3-2. Assisting on the goal were Drummond and Wells. Joel Laing made 43 saves on 46 Atlantic City shots in the game.

Brophy Countdown to 1000

By going 0-2-0 this past week the Nailers are now 6-8-0 for the season and with the six wins head coach John Brophy is 30 wins away from his 1000th professional coaching victory. His total stands at 970 wins.

JOHNSTOWN : The Johnstown Chiefs (7-6-1; 15 PTS NW Div.) were not very busy last week only playing one game; a 5-4 win at home against Toledo. The Chiefs will play four games in five nights this week beginning Wednesday night at home against the Reading Royals. The Chiefs will conclude their six game home stand on Saturday night against Richmond. The Chiefs are currently tied with Cincinnati for third place in the Northwest division with 15 points.
GAME #14 JOHNSTOWN 5 – Toledo 4 Schneider Hat Trick
Chiefs Forward Eric Schneider recorded a natural hat trick in the first period which lifted the team to a 5-4 victory against the Toledo Storm on Friday night. David Gove and Chad Onufrechuk scored the other Johnstown goals while Frederic Deschenes made 29 saves for his fourth win of the season. The Chiefs out shot the Storm 36-33.
Chiefs Notes: The Chiefs are unbeaten in their last six games going 5-0-1. Friday night was Eric Schneider 3rd career hat trick in a Johnstown uniform. The Chiefs power play is ranked 27th of 29 teams in the ECHL (11 for 86; 12.8%). All three of Chad Onufrechuk’s goals have been game winners (two shootout GWG).

LOUISIANA: The IceGators rallied from a three-goal deficit in dramatic fashion Sunday night to defeat New Orleans 5-4 in a shootout to remain North American professional hockey’s only unbeaten team at 12-0-2. Shawn McNeil had a pair of goals, while Jay Murphy and Dominic Forget also scored in regulation – Forget’s goal sending the contest into overtime with 1:31 remaining. Louisiana outscored the Brass 3-1 in the shootout, with Corey Neilson’s tally the deciding score. Frederic Cloutier faced more than 40 shots for the second straight game, stopping 39 to improve to 6-0-2. Friday night, Baton Rouge used a Matt Noga penalty shot with 11 seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game, then later won in a shootout, 5-4. Thursday in Mobile, Konstantin Kalmikov had a goal and an assist in a four-goal first period as the IceGators beat the Mysticks, 4-2.

Gator Notes:
The IceGators’ 5-4 shootout win over New Orleans Sunday night extended their unbeaten streak to 14 games.

Center Cory Cyrenne and goaltender Marc Magliarditi spent time with Houston of the AHL over the weekend. Magliarditi was recalled Friday and backed up Derek Gustafson Friday night in Chicago and Saturday in Cleveland. Cyrenne was recalled following Friday night’s victory over Baton Rouge and assisted on the Aeros’ game-winning goal against Cleveland. They were back at the Cajundome two hours before Sunday’s contest versus New Orleans. While Magliarditi didn’t play, Cyrenne certainly made his presence felt, assisting on a pair of goals. Cyrenne is in the midst of a five-game point streak (4g, 7a).

With Marc Magliarditi with Houston for most of the weekend, 20-year-old rookie Frederic Cloutier played in three straight games for the first time this season. Cloutier stopped a total of 108 shots in the three games, improving his record to 6-0-2. Cloutier leads the ECHL with a 1.44 goals against average and a .956 save percentage. The tandem of Magliarditi and Cloutier is holding opponents to 1.93 goals per contest, best in the ECHL. Magliarditi is one of two goaltenders in franchise history to begin a season 6-0-0, joining Marc Delorme (9-0-0) in 1996-97.

FLORIDA : The Florida Everblades (7-4-2) defeated the Augusta Lynx (8-5-1) 4-2 in front of 6,500 on Friday night at TECO Arena. Florida center Andrew Long had a goal and an assist and goaltender Randy Petruk stopped 26 of 28 shots in the win. The Everblades (8-4-2) defeated the Lynx (8-6-1) 6-5 in overtime in front of a sell out crowd at TECO Arena (7,181) on Saturday night. With the win the Everblades moved into sixth place in the ECHL’s Southeast Division. Florida center Andrew Long netted a hat trick including the game tying goal in the third period and the game winning goal in overtime. Florida goaltender Rob Zepp stopped 31 of 36 shots and picked up his second win of the season while Lynx netminder Cris Classen stopped 23 of 29 shots. The Everblades were 3 for 7 on the power play while the Lynx went 2 for 6.

DAYTON : Preston Mizzi scored two goals in his return to the lineup after being reassigned by Syracuse of the American Hockey League, while rookie goalie Marc Kielkucki recorded his first professional shutout as the Dayton Bombers (7-4-1) won their fifth straight home game, a 4-0 victory over the Arkansas RiverBlades in front of 6,126 fans on DATV Megaphone Night at the Ervin J. Nutter Center Friday night.

The win lifted the Bombers into a tie for first place in the Northwest Division with the Johnstown Chiefs (15 points). The Bombers have played two fewer games and have recorded two fewer losses than the Chiefs. The Bombers on Saturday defeated Roanoke 3-1. The Bombers, who have 17 points, now have sole possession of first place in the Northwest Division for the first time this season. The Bombers got goals from Ben Keup, Chris Thompson, and Preston Mizzi. Karl Goehring, who is 5-0-1 in his last six starts, stopped 22 shots for the Bombers.

PEE DEE : The Pride went a perfect 4-0-0, stretching their lead in the Southeast Division to four points over both South Carolina and Macon. Pee Dee’s 10 home wins are the most in the league, and their 13 wins overall are tied with Trenton for the league high. Allen Sirois saw his seven-game goal streak come to an end Sunday against Richmond, but he did record two assists to extend his scoring streak to eight games. Over those eight games, Sirois has posted eight goals and six assists. The seven-game goal streak is the longest in the league so far this season.

Just like Sirois, Dany Bousquet has an eight-game scoring streak. With two goals Sunday against Richmond, Bousquet has five goals and 11 assists in his streak. He averaged two points per game in the four outings this week posting three goals and five assists. In his last six starts, the Sandman, Sandy Allan is 5-1-0, and has allowed just 10 goals. He has stopped 168 of 178 shots in those six starts, for a save percentage of .944. Joel Irwin recorded his second hat trick of the year on Saturday against Charlotte, and also added an assist. His hat tricks are the only two for the Pride this season, and both of them have come against Charlotte. For the week, Irwin four goals and three assists.

MISSISSIPPI : The Mississippi Sea Wolves dropped both games over the weekend at home losing 7-3 to Jackson on Friday and 4-1 against Mobile Saturday. Former Sea Wolves Sean Gillam, Mike Oliveira, John Sadowski and Wes Scanzano all came back to haunt Mississippi at the Wolves Den.

Sea Wolves Player of the Week:

Rookie defenseman Eric Lind registered two points in the two games over the weekend. The 23-year-old scored his first professional goal, a shorthanded marker on Friday’s 7-3 loss to Jackson. Lind also added an assist in the losing effort. The 6-2, 195-pound native of Stamford, CT was selected by Pittsburgh in the 9th round of the 1997 NHL Entry Draft and attended the Penguins training camp in the fall.

Sea Wolves Goaltender of the Week:

For the fourth straight week, Evan Lindsay takes the team honor. Lindsay dropped his only game by allowing three goals on 23 shots in Saturday’s 4-1 loss against Mobile. The defeat suffered by Lindsay was his first of the year (3-1). The 22-year-old is property of the Montreal Canadiens. He was selected by the Habs as their 4th choice in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.