East Coast Hockey League Weekend Notes

By Ron Valerino

Here are some notes on the Johnstown Chiefs, Richmond Renegades, Louisiana IceGators, Florida Everblades, Dayton Bombers, and the Pee Dee Pride.

Johnstown Chiefs:
Eric Schneider leads the ECHL in goals scored (9), and is tied for second in the league in power play goals (4).
Both of Chad Onufrechuk’s goals have come in the shootout.
The last time the Chiefs had a three game winning streak was 1/27/01-2/2/01.
Jeff Sullivan is ranked 6th on the Chiefs all-time penalty minute list with 547 PIM.
The Chiefs have not surrendered a goal in the two shootouts they have been in this season.
The Chiefs have only one power play goal in their last 15 chances.
The Chiefs are tied (Columbia) for the league lead with 26 major penalties.
Schneider is currently riding a eight game scoring streak. He has 8 goals and 3 assists during the eight games.
Four of the Chiefs five wins have come by one goal.
Tonight is the first game of a six game home stand.

Richmond Renegades:
If Rod Taylor plays tonight he will tie former Chief Bob Woods for most ECHL games played with 599. Taylor has missed the last two games.
Rookie Garrett Prosofsky leads the ‘Gades with 7 goals and 4 assists (11 PTS).
Richmond has been outshot in eight of their eleven games this season.
Former Washington Capital Brad Church was recalled earlier this week by the Portland Pirates (AHL).
The Renegades are 1-3-1 in their last five games.
Richmond’s penalty kill is ranked 23rd in the ECHL killing 47 of 60 penalties (78.3%).

Louisiana IceGators:
Louisiana IceGators left wing Shawn McNeil has been recalled for the upcoming weekend by Cincinnati of the American Hockey League, IceGators vice president of hockey operations and head coach Dave Farrish announced Wednesday. McNeil is slated to play in three games on loan for the Mighty Ducks. Farrish also announced that rookie forward Dominic Forget has been reassigned to the IceGators by the AHL’s Houston Aeros. Forget had been playing with Austin of the Central Hockey League. McNeil, 23, signed with Louisiana early in the 1999-2000 season. He posted 54 points (26g, 28a) in 62 games that season prior to a callup with Cleveland of the IHL. He played two scoreless games with the Lumberjacks.

McNeil, who saw action in two games for the Canadian National Team in 2000-01, had 81 points (36g, 45a) last season for the IceGators, playing in all 72 contests. He added 19 points (7g, 12a) in the playoffs. This season, the Pembroke, Ontario native has eight points (4g, 4a) in nine games. McNeil has a total of 143 career points (66g, 77a) in 145 career professional games.

Dayton Bombers:
Karl Goehring stopped all 37 shots faced en route to his first professional regular season shutout as the Dayton Bombers recorded their fourth straight victory, a 3-0 win over the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies at Boardwalk Hall Wednesday night.

Florida Everblades:
The Florida Everblades American Hockey League affiliate Lowell Lock Monsters have reassigned defenseman Harlan Pratt to the Everblades. Pratt has seen action in 8 games and recorded 3 assists for the Lock Monsters so far this season. He returns to Florida after playing for the Everblades during the 1999-00 season. Pratt registered 4 goals and 29 assists for 33 points in 68 games while with the Everblades during the 1999-00 season. Last season, the Redwater, Alberta native spent the entire season with the Cincinnati Cyclones in the now defunct International Hockey League where he notched 6 goals and 23 assists for 29 points in 73 games. Pratt was originally drafted in the fifth round (#124 overall) by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft. He will join the team on Thursday for the Everblades game against the Columbia Inferno.