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Kaylee Herndon

Kaylee Herndon

Minor League Madness Contributor

More points, less penalties; The Wolves step in, two other teams step up

Kansas City Mavericks’ Darik Angeli became the third player to record five points in one game in the 2020-21 season during the Mavericks’ 7-1 win over the Tulsa Oilers on Sunday at BOK Center (3g, 2a). During this matchup, Kansas City also set the league record for power-play goals this season (5g). 

On Wednesday, Fort Wayne Komets forward Brandon Hawkins became the first player to score four goals in one game this season. The Komets took down the Indy Fuel 6-3, outsourcing Indy 23-5 in the third period. Hawkins led both teams in registered shots (8), scoring on half of his chances. 

The Komets moved up another spot in the league ranking to second last week. All five teams who were previously in the top five remained there, with the Florida Everblades remaining on top. 

Florida plays nice 

The Florida Everblades were on their best behavior on Friday, serving zero penalty minutes in their 3-2 victory over the Orlando Solar Bears at Amway Center. This marks the 76th time in ECHL history, and the first time of the season, that a team went unpenalized. 

This comes despite the fact that three of the five league PIM leaders are on the Everblades roster. Arvin Atwal leads the league with 114. Kyle Neuber ranks fourth with 81 and Cody Sol rounds out the top five with 78. 

The Everblades went 2-1-0 overall last week against the Solar Bears, giving them a 14-6-0-1 record against the team. Florida has a history of being successful over Orlando, dominating 48-18-3-2 across the last five seasons. Overall they are ranked first in the league with a 31-11-0-2 record and a 0.727 win percentage. 

Weekly Results 

Wed, Mar. 31 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays: 5-3, F 

Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel: 6-3, F 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers: 0-2, F 

Thur, Apr. 1 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 3-2, F 

Jacksonville Icemen @ Wheeling Nailers: 3-5, F 

Utah Grizzlies @ Allen Americans: 2-3, F/SO 

Fri, Apr. 2 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 3-2, F 

South Carolina Stingrays @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 2-3, F/SO 

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel: 2-1, F 

Jacksonville Icemen @ Fort Wayne Komets: 4-5, F 

Utah Grizzlies @ Allen Americans: 0-3, F 

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks: 3-4, F 

Wichita Thunder @ Rapid City Rush: 3-1, F 

Sat, Apr. 3

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 2-4, F South Carolina Stingrays @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 4-3, F Jacksonville Icemen @ Indy Fuel: 3-2, F 

Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets: 6-3, F Utah Grizzlies @ Allen Americans: 3-2, F/SO 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers: 5-0, F 

Wichita Thunder @ Rapid City Rush: 3-2, F/OT 

Sun, Apr. 4 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers: 7-1, F 

League Leaders 

Goals: M. Huntebrinker, Florida Everblades (23) Assists: A. Beauregard, Wichita Thunder (34) 

Points: A. Beauregard, Wichita Thunder (50) 

PIM: A. Atwal, Florida Everblades (114) 

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (29) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Florida Everblades (64pts, 0.727, 31-11-0-2) 2. Fort Wayne Komets (31pts, 0.674, 14-6-2-1) 3. Wichita Thunder (59pts, 0.670, 27-12-4-1) 
  2. Allen Americans (51pts, 0.638, 24-13-2-1) 
  3. Indy Fuel (53pts, 0.631, 25-14-3-0) 
  4. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (50pts, 0.581, 20-13-8-2) 7. Utah Grizzlies (48pts, 0.558, 19-14-4-6) 
  5. South Carolina Stingrays (45pts, 0.549, 18-14-6-3) 9. Orlando Solar Bears (46pts, 0.548, 21-17-3-1) 10. Kansas City Mavericks (46pts, 0.535, 19-16-6-2) 11. Rapid City Rush (44pts, 0.500, 20-20-3-1) 
  6. Tulsa Oilers (44pts, 0.489, 20-21-3-1) 
  7. Jacksonville Icemen (38pts, 0.487, 16-17-3-3) 14. Wheeling Nailers (31pts, 0.378, 13-23-5-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Tue, Apr. 6 

*all times are Eastern 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. 

Wed, Apr. 7 

South Carolina Stingrays @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m. Fort Wayne Komets @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m. Jacksonville Icemen @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m. Kansas City Mavericks @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m.

Thu, Apr. 8 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. 

Fri, Apr. 9 

Florida Everblades @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m. Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m. 

South Carolina Stingrays @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m. Kansas City Mavericks @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. Rapid City Rush @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m. 

Utah Grizzlies @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. 

Sat, Apr. 10 

Florida Everblades @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m. Orlando Solar Bears @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m. South Carolina Stingrays @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m. Indy Fuel @ Fort Wayne Komets, 7:30 p.m. 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. Utah Grizzlies @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. 

Sun, Apr. 11 

Florida Everblades @ Jacksonville Icemen, 3:00 p.m. Kansas City Mavericks @ Allen Americans, 3:05 p.m. Orlando Solar Bears @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 3:05 p.m. South Carolina Stingrays @ Wheeling Nailers, 4:10 p.m. Indy Fuel @ Fort Wayne Komets, 5:00 p.m. 

Rapid City Rush @ Tulsa Oilers, 5:05 p.m. 

Utah Grizzlies @ Wichita Thunder, 5:05 p.m.

The Wolves step in, two other teams step up 

The Chicago Wolves replaced the Henderson Silver Knights at the top of the league, finally fully reaping the benefits of their six-game victory run. The Silver Knights fell to the Tucson Roadrunners on the road on Saturday, their fourth-ever loss and first to the team. Both Chicago and Henderson are the only teams to maintain a win percentage over 0.800 with the Wolves at 0.853 and the Silver Knights at 0.810. 

The Cleveland Monsters and San Diego Gulls both made a leap into the league’s top-ten ranks after each going undefeated last week. San Diego won all three games played, facing off against a different team each time to extend it’s streak to seven. Cleveland’s perfect 3-0 performance sent them into this week on a victory run as well. 

Fives a party 

Ian McKinnon, who has skated in five games for the Providence Bruins this season, leads the league in penalty minutes (53). McKinnon collected 46 of the 52 total PIM in two games, 27 of them in the Bruins’ 4-2 loss to the Hartford Wolf Pack on Mar. 25. 

The forward’s first game was also against Hartford, however McKinnon stayed out of the box. The 4-2 victory on Feb. 27 was the only game he has not seen penalty time for the Bruins this season. 

The only other AHL player currently above 50 PIM is Iowa Wild’s Cody McLeod (51). All of the top five in the league, aside from McKinnon, have played thirteen or more games. 

League PIM leaders 

Ian McKinnon: 53 PIM, 5 games played 

Cody McLeod: 51 PIM, 20 games played 

Brandon Baddock: 47 PIM, 17 games played 

Jeremy Gregoire: 45 PIM, 20 games played 

Evan Polei: 40 PIM, 13 games played 

McKinnon was loaned to Providence from the ECHL’s Jacksonville Icemen. He has skated for the Icemen in 16 games this season and accumulated only 67 PIM, or roughly four minutes per game. 

Weekly Results 

Mon, Mar. 29 

Stockton Heat @ Toronto Marlies: 3-4, F 

Tue, Mar. 30 

Laval Rocket @ Manitoba Moose: 3-1, F 

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars: 3-4, F/OT 

Bakersfield Condors @ San Jose Barracuda: 3-4, F 

Wed, Mar. 31 

Providence Bruins @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 3-2, F/OT 

Cleveland Monsters @ Rochester Americans: 5-1, F 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Binghamton Devils: 3-2, F/OT

Stockton Heat @ Toronto Marlies: 2-5, F 

Hershey Bears @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms: 1-4, F 

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars: 2-1, F 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Tucson Roadrunners: 3-1, F Ontario Reign @ San Diego Gulls: 2-7, F 

Thu, Apr. 1 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Chicago Wolves: 2-5, F 

Fri, Apr. 2 

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 5-2, F Stockton Heat @ Laval Rocket: 0-3, F 

Syracuse Crunch @ Rochester Americans: 6-2, F 

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars: 4-0, F 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Tucson Roadrunners: 3-1, F 

Sat, Apr. 3 

Binghamton Devils @ Hershey Bears: 2-4, F 

Providence Bruins @ Utica Comets: postponed 

Belleville Senators @ Toronto Marlies: 7-2, F 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Cleveland Monsters: 2-4, F 

Rochester Americans @ Syracuse Crunch: 5-3, F 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms: 4-5, F/SO Rockford IceHogs @ Chicago Wolves: 2-4, F 

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars: 5-2, F 

San Jose Barracuda @ San Diego Gulls: 3-7, F 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Tucson Roadrunners: 2-4, F 

Sun, Apr. 4 

San Diego Gulls @ Ontario Reign: 6-4, F 

Stockton Heat @ Laval Rocket: 2-4, F 

League Leaders 

Goals: C. Marody, Bakersfield Condors (14) 

Assists: A. Poturalski, San Diego Gulls (21) 

Points: A. Poturalski, San Diego Gulls (27) 

PIM: I. McKinnon, Providence Bruins (53) 

+/-: Z. Hayes, Henderson Silver Knights (17) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Chicago Wolves (29pts, 0.853, 14-2-0-1) 
  2. Henderson Silver Knights (34pts, 0.810, 17-4-0-0) 
  3. Providence Bruins (27pts, 0.794, 13-3-1-0) 
  4. Laval Rocket (36pts, 0.783, 17-4-1-1) 
  5. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (26pts, 0.765, 12-3-2-0) 
  6. Utica Comets (13pts, 0.722, 6-2-0-1) 
  7. Hershey Bears (26pts, 0.684, 12-5-2-0) 
  8. San Diego Gulls (32pts, 0.615, 16-10-0-0)
  9. Cleveland Monsters (17pts, 0.607, 8-5-1-0) 
  10. Rochester Americans (16pts, 0.571, 7-5-1-1) 
  11. Syracuse Crunch (17pts, 0.567, 8-6-1-0) 
  12. Grand Rapids Griffins (18pts, 0.563, 8-6-2-0) 13. Bakersfield Condors (23pts, 0.548, 11-9-0-1) 14. Toronto Marlies (21pts, 0.525, 10-9-0-1) 
  13. Texas Stars (22pts, 0.524, 10-9-2-0) 
  14. San Jose Barracuda (19pts, 0.500, 7-7-4-1) 
  15. Hartford Wolf Pack (13pts, 0.500, 6-6-1-0) 
  16. Iowa Wild (19pts, 0.475, 8-9-3-0) 
  17. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (17pts, 0.472, 6-7-3-2) 20. Colorado Eagles (16pts, 0.471, 7-8-2-0) 
  18. Stockton Heat (19pts, 0.452, 9-11-1-0) 
  19. Manitoba Moose (18pts, 0.450, 8-10-2-0) 
  20. Tucson Roadrunners (17pts, 0.405, 8-12-1-0) 24. Ontario Reign (18pts, 0.375, 8-14-2-0) 
  21. Belleville Senators (12pts, 0.375, 6-10-0-0) 
  22. Binghamton Devils (11pts, 0.344, 3-8-4-1) 
  23. Rockford IceHogs (13pts, 0.342, 6-12-1-0) 
  24. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (7pts, 0.250, 3-10-1-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Mon, Apr. 5 

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Providence Bruins, 1:00 p.m. EDT Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EDT Syracuse Crunch @ Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Tue, Apr. 6 

Stockton Heat @ Laval Rocket, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Henderson Silver Knights @ San Jose Barracuda, 5:00 p.m. PDT Bakersfield Condors @ Ontario Reign, 6:00 p.m. PDT Texas Stars @ Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. MDT 

Wed, Apr. 7 

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Hartford Wolf Pack, 1:00 p.m. EDT Hershey Bears @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EDT Chicago Wolves @ Rockford IceHogs, 6:00 p.m. CDT Belleville Senators @ Manitoba Moose, 6:00 p.m. CDT Syracuse Crunch @ Rochester Americans, 7:05 p.m. EDT Henderson Silver Knights @ San Jose Barracuda, 6:00 p.m. PDT Texas Stars @ Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. MDT 

Ontario Reign @ San Diego Gulls, 7:00 p.m. PDT 

Thu, Apr. 8 

Belleville Senators @ Manitoba Moose, 6:00 p.m. CDT Fri, Apr. 9

Rochester Americans @ Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m. EDT Laval Rocket @ Toronto Marlies, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Cleveland Monsters, 7:00 p.m. EDT Chicago Wolves @ Iowa Wild, 7:00 p.m. CDT 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Bakersfield Condors, 6:00 p.m. PDT San Diego Gulls @ Tucson Roadrunners, 7:00 p.m. MST 

Sat, Apr. 10 

Providence Bruins @ Hartford Wolf Pack, 1:00 p.m. EDT Belleville Senators @ Manitoba Moose, 2:00 p.m. CDT Laval Rocket @ Toronto Marlies, 3:00 p.m. EDT 

Binghamton Devils @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5:00 p.m. EDT Cleveland Monsters @ Rochester Americans, 6:05 p.m. EDT Rockford IceHogs @ Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m. EDT Chicago Wolves @ Iowa Wild, 6:00 p.m. CDT 

Utica Comets @ Syracuse Crunch, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Hershey Bears @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. EDT San Jose Barracuda @ Bakersfield Condors, 6:00 p.m. PDT Texas Stars @ Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. MDT 

San Diego Gulls @ Tucson Roadrunners, 7:00 p.m. MST 

Sun, Apr. 11 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Hershey Bears, 3:00 p.m. EDT Texas Stars @ Colorado Eagles, 3:05 p.m. MDT 

Binghamton Devils @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 5:05 p.m. EDT San Jose Barracuda @ Ontario Reign, 3:00 p.m. PDT

Rapid City evens the record, Florida holds on; Multi-point games are trending in AHL week 8

The Rapid City Rush have finally tipped their percentage above 0.500 after a stellar 8-1-0-1 performance in their past ten games. This hot streak handed them 17 of their 43 total points this season and raised their overall record to 20-19-2-1. The only other team to win eight games or more in their past ten is the Florida Everblades (8-2-0-0), who maintained their top spot in the league with a 0.732 win percentage and a 29-10-0-2 overall record. 

The Rush went 2-1-0 last week against the Allen Americans, with Tyler Coulter tallying a total of six points across the three games (4g, 2a). 

Five players have tallied ten or more multi-point games this season, with Kansas City Mavericks forward Brodie Reid leading the league with 12. He is followed by Rapid City Rush players Peter Quenneville and Coulter as well as Greenville Swamp Rabbits’ Samuel Jardine and South Carolina Stingrays’ Cole Ully. 

Five Below 

Only one team currently holds below a 0.500 win percentage, the Wheeling Nailers (0.329). This comes after a 1-2-0 three-in-three against the Florida Everblades where the Nailers won 6-2 on Wednesday. In the victory, the team scored two man-up and one shorthanded goal. The two-for-seven effort on the power play gave them a 28.6% success rate in game, nearly double their season-success rate (12.7%). 

The Nailers currently have the lowest combined penalty kill and power play rate in the league at 91.1%. On the flipside, the Fort Wayne Komets rank the highest at 114.2%. 

The Fort Wayne Komets, who currently rank third in the league with a 0.675 win percentage, have played Wheeling nine times since joining the league in the later wave. Fort Wayne has walked away with at least one point every time (7-0-1-1). 

Weekly Results 

Wed, Mar. 24 

Wheeling Nailers @ Florida Everblades: 6-2, F 

Rapid City Rush @ Allen Americans: 5-2, F 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder: 1-0, F 

Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies: 2-4, F 

Fri, Mar. 26 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Jacksonville Icemen: 1-3, F 

Orlando Solar Bears @ South Carolina Stingrays: 6-3, F 

Wheeling Nailers @ Florida Everblades: 2-5, F 

Indy Fuel @ Fort Wayne Komets: 0-5, F 

Rapid City Rush @ Allen Americans: 2-5, F 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder: 6-4, F 

Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies: 3-1, F 

Sat, Mar. 27

Orlando Solar Bears @ South Carolina Stingrays: 3-6, F Wheeling Nailers @ Florida Everblades: 5-3, F 

Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 4-5, F/OT Indy Fuel @ Fort Wayne Komets: 2-3, F/OT 

Rapid City Rush @ Allen Americans: 6-4, F 

Wichita Thunder @ Kansas City Mavericks: 3-2, F Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies: 3-6, F 

Sun, Mar. 28 

Orlando Solar Bears @ South Carolina Stingrays: 3-4, F Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 3-4, F Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies: 1-2, F/OT 

Indy Fuel @ Fort Wayne Komets: 3-2, F 

Wichita Thunder @ Kansas City Mavericks: 3-0, F 

League Leaders 

Goals: M. Huntebrinker, Florida Everblades (22) 

Assists: A. Beauregard, Wichita Thunder (32) 

Points: A. Beauregard, Wichita Thunder (47) 

PIM: A. Atwal, Florida Everblades (114) 

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (29) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Florida Everblades (60pts, 0.732, 29-10-0-2) 
  2. Indy Fuel (53pts, 0.679, 25-11-3-0) 
  3. Fort Wayne Komets (27pts, 0.675, 12-5-2-1) 
  4. Wichita Thunder (55pts, 0.655, 25-12-4-1) 
  5. Allen Americans (46pts, 0.622, 22-13-2-0) 
  6. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (46pts, 0.575, 18-12-8-2) 7. Orlando Solar Bears (44pts, 0.564, 20-15-3-1) 8. Utah Grizzlies (45pts, 0.563, 18-13-4-5) 
  7. South Carolina Stingrays (42pts, 0.553, 17-13-6-2) 10. Kansas City Mavericks (40pts, 0.513, 16-15-6-2) 11. Tulsa Oilers (42pts, 0.512, 19-18-3-1) 
  8. Rapid City Rush (43pts, 0.512, 20-19-2-1) 
  9. Jacksonville Icemen (36pts, 0.500, 15-15-3-3) 14. Wheeling Nailers (25pts, 0.329, 10-23-5-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Wed, Mar. 31 

*all times are Eastern 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m. Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m. 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m.

Thur, Apr. 1 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. Jacksonville Icemen @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m. Utah Grizzlies @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. 

Fri, Apr. 2 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. South Carolina Stingrays @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m. Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m. 

Jacksonville Icemen @ Fort Wayne Komets, 8:00 p.m. Utah Grizzlies @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. 

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m. Wichita Thunder @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. 

Sat, Apr. 3 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. South Carolina Stingrays @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m. Jacksonville Icemen @ Indy Fuel @ 7:05 p.m. 

Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets, 7:30 p.m. Utah Grizzlies @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m. Wichita Thunder @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. 

Sun, Apr. 4 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays, 3:05 p.m. Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m.

 

Multi-point games are trending in AHL week 8 

The San Diego Gulls extended their win streak to four games last week, the closest the team has come to their season-opening six game victory run. Their current streak is tied for second-longest in the league, trailing only the Laval Rocket, who have earned at least one point in nine straight (8-0-0-1). 

The eighteenth-place Manitoba Moose came back from a 2-goal deficit with 34 seconds left in regulation against the fourth-place Laval Rocket to win 4-3 in the shootout on Thursday. The game-tying goal was scored by David Gustafsson as the clock expired, handing him a multi-point game and his second goal of the season. 

Both Philippe Maillet of the Hershey Bears and Gemel Smith of the Syracuse Crunch tallied five-point games last week. This was Maillet’s second career five point game, the previous one was exactly three years prior on March 24, 2018. He collected five assists during the Bears’ 6-2 victory against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. 

Smith tallied his first three goals of the season for a hat trick in Syracuse’s 6-3 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins also on March 24. All Syracuse scoring happened in the first period, with Smith being involved in the first five (3g, 2a). 

Weekly Results 

Tues, Mar. 23 

Laval Rocket @ Stockton Heat: 4-2, F 

Wed, Mar. 24 

Rochester Americans @ Utica Comets: postponed 

Syracuse Crunch @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: 6-3, F 

Belleville Senators @ Toronto Marlies: 0-3, F 

Hershey Bears @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms: 6-2, F 

San Jose Barracuda @ Bakersfield Condors: 3-4, F/SO 

San Diego Gulls @ Ontario Reign: 5-3, F 

Colorado Eagles @ Henderson Silver Knights: 5-2, F 

Thur, Mar. 25 

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Providence Bruins: 4-2, F 

Texas Stars @ Cleveland Monsters: 1-3, F 

Laval Rocket @ Manitoba Moose: 3-4, F/SO 

Fri, Mar. 26 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Binghamton Devils: 3-2, F 

Hershey Bears @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: 3-1, F 

Stockton Heat @ Belleville Senators: 1-2, F 

Laval Rocket @ Manitoba Moose: 1-0, F 

Syracuse Crunch @ Rochester Americans: 4-3, F/OT 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Iowa Wild: 5-2, F 

Tucson Roadrunners @ Ontario Reign: 2-3, F/OT 

Colorado Eagles @ Henderson Silver Knights: 4-6, F 

Bakersfield Condors @ San Diego Gulls: 1-4, F

Sat, Mar. 27 

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Hartford Wolf Pack: 2-5, F Stockton Heat @ Belleville Senators: 7-1, F Texas Stars @ Cleveland Monsters: 4-3, F 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Iowa Wild: 4-5, F 

Utica Comets @ Syracuse Crunch: postponed Binghamton Devils @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms: 3-6, F Rockford IceHogs @ Chicago Wolves: 3-6, F Bakersfield Condors @ Ontario Reign: 1-3, F Colorado Eagles @ Henderson Silver Knights: 3-4, F Tucson Roadrunners @ San Diego Gulls: 1-2, F 

Sun, Mar. 28 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Hershey Bears: 1-3, F Laval Rocket @ Manitoba Moose: 5-3, F 

Texas Stars @ Cleveland Monsters: 2-5, F 

Chicago Wolves @ Rockford IceHogs: 5-4, F Utica Comets @ Rochester Americans: postponed 

League Leaders 

Goals: C. Marody, Bakersfield Condors (14) 

Assists: A. Poturalski, San Diego Gulls (16) 

Points: C. Marody, Bakersfield Condors (24) PIM: I. McKinnon, Providence Bruins (53) 

+/-: Z. Hayes, Henderson Silver Knights (18) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 1. Henderson Silver Knights (30pts, 0.833, 15-3-0-0) 2. Chicago Wolves (25pts, 0.833, 12-2-0-1) 3. Providence Bruins (23pts, 0.767, 11-3-1-0) 4. Laval Rocket (30pts, 0.750, 14-4-1-1) 

  1. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (22pts, 0.733, 10-3-2-0) 6. Utica Comets (13pts, 0.722, 6-2-0-1) 
  2. Hershey Bears (24pts, 0.706, 11-4-2-0) 
  3. Grand Rapids Griffins (18pts, 0.643, 8-4-2-0) 9. Rochester Americans (14pts, 0.636, 6-3-1-1) 10. Texas Stars (20pts, 0.588, 9-6-2-0) 
  4. Syracuse Crunch (15pts, 0.577, 7-5-1-0) 
  5. Bakersfield Condors (23pts, 0.575, 11-8-0-1) 13. San Diego Gulls (26pts, 0.565, 13-10-0-0) 14. Stockton Heat (19pts, 0.559, 9-7-1-0) 
  6. Cleveland Monsters (13pts, 0.542, 6-5-1-0) 16. Toronto Marlies (17pts, 0.500, 8-8-0-1) 
  7. San Jose Barracuda (17pts, 0.500, 6-6-4-1) 18. Manitoba Moose (18pts, 0.474, 8-9-2-0) 
  8. Colorado Eagles (16pts, 0.471, 7-8-2-0) 
  9. Hartford Wolf Pack (11pts, 0.458, 5-6-1-0)
  10. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (14pts, 0.438, 5-7-3-1) 22. Tucson Roadrunners (15pts, 0.417, 7-10-1-0) 
  11. Ontario Reign (18pts, 0.409, 8-12-2-0) 
  12. Iowa Wild (12pts, 0.375, 5-9-2-0) 
  13. Rockford IceHogs (13pts, 0.361, 6-11-1-0) 
  14. Binghamton Devils (10pts, 0.357, 3-7-3-1) 
  15. Belleville Senators (10pts, 0.333, 5-10-0-0) 
  16. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6pts, 0.273, 3-8-0-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Mon, Mar. 29 

Stockton Heat @ Toronto Marlies, 2:00 p.m. EDT 

Tue, Mar. 30 

Laval Rocket @ Manitoba Moose, 4:00 p.m. CDT 

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CDT 

Bakersfield Condors @ San Jose Barracuda, 6:00 p.m. PDT 

Wed, Mar. 31 

Providence Bruins @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 1:00 p.m. EDT Cleveland Monsters @ Rochester Americans, 6:05 p.m. EDT Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EDT Syracuse Crunch @ Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Stockton Heat @ Toronto Marlies, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Hershey Bears @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. EDT Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CDT 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Tucson Roadrunners, 6:30 p.m. MST Ontario Reign @ San Diego Gulls, 7:00 p.m. PDT 

Thu, Apr. 1 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Chicago Wolves, 2:00 p.m. CDT 

Fri, Apr. 2 

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 1:00 p.m. EDT Stockton Heat @ Laval Rocket, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Syracuse Crunch @ Rochester Americans, 7:05 p.m. EDT Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CDT 

Bakersfield Condors @ Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. MDT 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Tucson Roadrunners, 7:00 p.m. MST 

Sat, Apr. 3 

Binghamton Devils @ Hershey Bears, 1:00 p.m. EDT 

Providence Bruins @ Utica Comets, 3:00 p.m. EDT 

Belleville Senators @ Toronto Marlies, 5:00 p.m. EDT 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Cleveland Monsters, 7:00 p.m. EDT Rochester Americans @ Syracuse Crunch, 7:00 p.m. EDT Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. EDT Rockford IceHogs @ Chicago Wolves, 7”00 p.m. CDT

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CDT 

Bakersfield Condors @ Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. MDT San Jose Barracuda @ San Diego Gulls, 7:00 p.m. PDT Henderson Silver Knights @ Tucson Roadrunners, 7:00 p.m. MST 

Sun, Apr. 4 

San Diego Gulls @ Ontario Reign, 3:00 p.m. PDT Stockton Heat @ Laval Rocket, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Saturday scores Sevens; Coaches get the call, the more goals the merrier

 Four games took drastically unexpected turns on Saturday, with last-place teams putting forward stunning performances. Last-place Wheeling Nailers crushed the Wichita Thunder 7-1, the most goals Wheeling has scored in a single game this season. Just as striking, the Rapid City Rush shut out the Utah Grizzlies 7-0, their biggest single-game goal margin. Both the Nailers and Rush are last place in their respective conferences. 

The last of the triple sevens of Saturday came in a 7-6 Indy Fuel overtime victory against the Kansas City Mavericks. The Mavericks had a strong late-game rally, scoring four goals in five minutes and forcing extra time. Darik Angeli notched the third goal of his hat trick to tie the game, but the effort was not enough as Kansas City fell just over one minute into overtime. 

The South Carolina Stingrays also had an impressive performance, going 3-0 against last week’s first place Fort Wayne Komets in a three-in-three this weekend. South Carolina won by a slim 2-1 on Friday, raising their record for one-goal games to 7-0-8. Fort Wayne’s losses dropped their percentage to 0.676 and down to third place in the league. 

Testing goal-positive 

Only five teams have positive goal differentials, with the largest being the Florida Everblades at +48, who reclaimed the top spot in the league last week after posting a 3-1 record. The Everblades outscored their opponents 14-8 this week raising their overall total to 140-92. 

The other teams holding positive goal differentials are the Indy Fuel (+19), Fort Wayne Komets (+12), Wichita Thunder (+14), and the Allen Americans (+20). All five rank at the top of the league. Currently the Wheeling Nailers have the lowest goal differential at -27 and sit in last place. 

Weekly Results 

Tues, Mar. 16 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 3-0, F 

Wed, Mar. 17 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen: 2-5, F 

Tulsa Oilers @ Allen Americans: 3-2, F/OT 

Indy Fuel @ Wichita Thunder: 2-3, F 

Fri, Mar. 19 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen: 1-5, F 

Fort Wayne Komets @ South Carolina Stingrays: 1-2, F 

Florida Everblades @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 3-5, F 

Wichita Thunder @ Wheeling Nailers: 3-2, F 

Tulsa Oilers @ Allen Americans: 0-3, F 

Indy Fuel @ Kansas City Mavericks: 2-1, F/OT 

Utah Grizzlies @ Rapid City Rush: 5-4, F/SO 

Sat, Mar. 20

Fort Wayne Komets @ South Carolina Stingrays: 1-5, F Jacksonville Icemen @ Orlando Solar Bears: 1-5, F Florida Everblades @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 3-2, F/OT Wichita Thunder @ Wheeling Nailers: 1-7, F 

Indy Fuel @ Kansas City Mavericks: 7-6, F/OT Allen Americans @ Tulsa Oilers: 2-0, F 

Utah Grizzlies @ Rapid City Rush: 0-7, F 

Sun, Mar. 21 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen: 3-2, F/OT Fort Wayne Komets @ South Carolina Stingrays: 2-5, F Florida Everblades @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 5-1, F 

Wichita Thunder @ Wheeling Nailers: 6-4, F Indy Fuel @ Kansas City Mavericks: 3-6, F 

Allen Americans @ Tulsa Oilers: 3-5, F 

League Leaders 

Goals: M. Huntebrinker, Florida Everblades (20) Assists: A. Beauregard, Wichita Thunder (28) 

Points: A. Beauregard, Wichita Thunder (42) 

PIM: A. Atwal, Florida Everblades (114) 

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (25) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Florida Everblades (56pts, 0.737, 27-9-0-2) 2. Indy Fuel (50pts, 0.694, 24-10-2-0) 
  2. Fort Wayne Komets (23pts, 0.676, 10-4-2-1) 4. Wichita Thunder (51pts, 0.671, 23-10-4-1) 5. Allen Americans (44pts, 0.647, 21-11-2-0) 6. Orlando Solar Bears (42pts, 0.583, 19-13-3-1) 7. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (42pts, 0.568, 16-11-8-2) 8. South Carolina Stingrays (38pts, 0.543, 15-12-6-2) 9. Utah Grizzlies (39pts, 0.542, 15-12-4-5) 
  3. Tulsa Oilers (39pts, 0.527, 18-16-2-1) 
  4. Kansas City Mavericks (36pts, 0.514, 14-13-6-2) 12. Jacksonville Icemen (33pts, 0.500, 14-14-2-3) 13. Rapid City Rush (39pts, 0.500, 18-18-2-1) 
  5. Wheeling Nailers (23pts, 0.329, 9-21-5-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Wed, Mar. 24 

*all times are Eastern 

Jacksonville Icemen @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m. Wheeling Nailers @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m. 

Fri, Mar. 26 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m. Orlando Solar Bears @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m. Wheeling Nailers @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m. Indy Fuel @ Fort Wayne Komets, 8:00 p.m. 

Rapid City Rush @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m. 

Sat, Mar. 27 

Orlando Solar Bears @ South Carolina Stingrays, 6:05 p.m. Wheeling Nailers @ Florida Everblades, 7:00 p.m. Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m. Indy Fuel @ Fort Wayne Komets, 7:30 p.m. 

Rapid City Rush @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m. 

Sun, Mar. 28 

Orlando Solar Bears @ South Carolina Stingrays, 3:05 p.m. Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 3:05 p.m. Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies, 3:10 p.m. 

Indy Fuel @ Fort Wayne Komets, 5:00 p.m. 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder, 5:05 p.m.

 

Coaches Get the call, The More Goals the Merrier 

 

The Henderson Silver Knights continue to dominate the league, passing another week undefeated and raising their percentage to 0.867. The team tallied a 4-0 shutout win over the San Jose Barracuda on Sunday, their first of March. The Providence Bruins continued their climb towards the top, taking second place in the league after winning both games played last week and extending their streak to 7-0-1. 

Akil Thomas of the Ontario Reign tallied a hat trick in the final 3:07 of regulation play to take the game to overtime against the Bakersfield Condors on Sunday. Thomas went on to score once in the shootout and give the Reign their third victory of the week (3-1-0). 

The Reign’s sole loss of the week was handed to them by the Condors, who scored five times in the third period to secure an 8-6 victory on Saturday at Mechanics Bank Arena. Blake Christensen scored his first two goals of the season in the third, notching goals five minutes apart. 

Coaches called up 

Hartford Wolf Pack head coach Kris Knoblauch served as acting head coach for the New York Rangers during Wednesday’s 9-0 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. Associate head coach Gord Murphy was also behind the bench. 

This was the first time over the course of the season that AHL coaches were called up to the NHL due to COVID-19 protocols. 

Weekly Results 

Mon, Mar. 15 

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Providence Bruins: 2-5, F 

Belleville Senators @ Laval Rocket: 2-3, F 

Tues, Mar. 16 

Rockford Icehogs @ Grand Rapids Griffins: 2-1, F/OT 

Colorado Eagles @ Texas Stars: 5-4, F/OT 

Bakersfield Condors @ San Jose Barracuda: 3-2, F/OT 

Ontario Reign @ Tucson Roadrunners: 5-1, F 

Wed, Mar. 17 

Binghamton Devils @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms: postponed 

Colorado Eagles @ Texas Stars: 4-3, F/OT 

Bakersfield Condors @ San Jose Barracuda: 3-4, F 

Ontario Reign @ Tucson Roadrunners: 6-2, F 

Thurs, Mar. 18 

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 3-4, F/OT 

Laval Rocket @ Stockton Heat: 4-3, F/OT 

Fri, Mar. 19

Chicago Wolves @ Grand Rapids Griffins: postponed 

Rochester Americans @ Utica Comets: postponed 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: postponed Hershey Bears @ Binghamton Devils: 5-6, F 

Toronto Marlies @ Belleville Senators: 2-3, F 

Syracuse Crunch @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: 5-2, F 

Sat, Mar. 20 

Providence Bruins @ Hartford Wolf Pack: 6-1, F 

Toronto Marlies @ Belleville Senators: 1-5, F 

San Jose Barracuda @ Henderson Silver Knights: 2-5, F Laval Rocket @ Stockton Heat: 4-3, F 

Ontario Reign @ Bakersfield Condors: 6-8, F 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Cleveland Monsters: 5-2, F 

Utica Comets @ Syracuse Crunch: postponed 

San Diego Gulls @ Tucson Roadrunners: 2-6, F 

Sun, Mar. 21 

San Jose Barracuda @ Henderson Silver Knights: 0-4, F Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms: 4-5, F/OT Binghamton Devils @ Hershey Bears: 2-3, F/OT 

Laval Rocket @ Stockton Heat: 4-1, F 

Ontario Reign @ Bakersfield Condors: 5-4, F/SO 

Iowa Wild @ Rockford IceHogs: 5-3, F 

San Diego Gulls @ Tucson Roadrunners: 4-2, F 

League Leaders 

Goals: C. Marody, Bakersfield Condors (14) 

Assists: T. Benson, Bakersfield Condors (15) 

Points: C. Marody, Bakersfield Condors (23) 

PIM: J. Gregoire, Tucson Roadrunners (38) 

+/-: Z. Hayes, Henderson Silver Knights (17) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Henderson Silver Knights (26pts, 0.867, 13-2-0-0) 
  2. Providence Bruins (23pts, 0.821, 11-2-1-0) 
  3. Chicago Wolves (21pts, 0.808, 10-2-0-1) 
  4. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (18pts, 0.750, 8-2-2-0) 
  5. Utica Comets (13pts, 0.722, 6-2-0-1) 
  6. Laval Rocket (23pts, 0.719, 11-4-1-0) 
  7. Grand Rapids Griffins (16pts, 0.667, 7-3-2-0) 
  8. Rochester Americans (13pts, 0.650, 6-3-0-1) 
  9. Hershey Bears (18pts, 0.643, 8-4-2-0) 
  10. Texas Stars (18pts, 0.643, 8-4-2-0) 
  11. Bakersfield Condors (21pts, 0.618, 10-6-0-1) 
  12. Stockton Heat (17pts, 0.607, 8-5-1-0) 
  13. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (14pts, 0.538, 5-4-3-1) 14. San Diego Gulls (20pts, 0.500, 10-10-0-0)
  14. Manitoba Moose (16pts, 0.500, 7-7-2-0) 
  15. Colorado Eagles (14pts, 0.500, 6-6-2-0) 
  16. San Jose Barracuda (16pts, 0.500, 6-6-4-0) 
  17. Syracuse Crunch (11pts, 0.500, 5-5-1-0) 
  18. Cleveland Monsters (9pts, 0.500, 4-4-1-0) 
  19. Toronto Marlies (15pts, 0.469, 7-8-0-1) 
  20. Tucson Roadrunners (14pts, 0.438, 7-9-0-0) 
  21. Binghamton Devils (10pts, 0.417, 3-5-3-1) 
  22. Iowa Wild (10pts, 0.385, 4-7-2-0) 
  23. Ontario Reign (14pts, 0.368, 6-11-2-0) 
  24. Rockford IceHogs (11pts, 0.367, 5-9-1-0) 
  25. Hartford Wolf Pack (7pts, 0.350, 3-6-1-0) 
  26. Belleville Senators (8pts, 0.333, 4-8-0-0) 
  27. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (6pts, 0.300, 3-7-0-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Tues, Mar. 23 

Chicago Wolves @ Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m. EDT Laval Rocket @ Stockton Heat, 5:00 p.m. MDT 

Wed, Mar. 24 

Rochester Americans @ Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m. EDT Syracuse Crunch @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 7:00 p.m. EDT Belleville Senators @ Toronto Marlies, 7:00 p.m. EDT Hershey Bears @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. EDT San Jose Barracuda @ Bakersfield Condors, 6:00 p.m. PDT San Diego Gulls @ Ontario Reign, 6:00 p.m. PDT 

Colorado Eagles @ Henderson Silver Knights, 7:00 p.m. PDT 

Thur, Mar. 25 

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Providence Bruins, 1:00 p.m. EDT Texas Stars @ Cleveland Monsters, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Laval Rocket @ Manitoba Moose, 6:00 p.m. CDT 

Fri, Mar. 26 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EDT Hershey Bears @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 7:00 p.m. EDT Stockton Heat @ Belleville Senators, 7:00 p.m. EDT Laval Rocket @ Manitoba Moose, 6:00 p.m. CDT 

Syracuse Crunch @ Rochester Americans, 7:05 p.m. EDT Grand Rapids Griffins @ Iowa Wild, 7:00 p.m. CDT Tucson Roadrunners @ Ontario Reign, 6:00 p.m. PDT Colorado Eagles @ Henderson Silver Knights, 7:00 p.m. PDT Bakersfield Condors @ San Diego Gulls, 7:00 p.m. PDT 

Sat, Mar. 27 

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Hartford Wolf Pack, 1:00 p.m. EDT

Stockton Heat @ Belleville Senators, 4:00 p.m. EDT Texas Stars @ Cleveland Monsters, 7:00 p.m. EDT Grand Rapids Griffins @ Iowa Wild, 6:00 p.m. CDT Utica Comets @ Syracuse Crunch, 7:00 p.m. EDT Binghamton Devils @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. EDT Rockford IceHogs @ Chicago Wolves, 7:00 p.m. CDT Bakersfield Condors @ Ontario Reign, 5:00 p.m. PDT Colorado Eagles @ Henderson Silver Knights, 7:00 p.m. PDT Tucson Roadrunners @ San Diego Gulls, 7:00 p.m. PDT 

Sun, Mar. 28 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Hershey Bears, 1:00 p.m. EDT Laval Rocket @ Manitoba Moose, 2:00 p.m. CDT Texas Stars @ Cleveland Monsters, 4:00 p.m. EDT Chicago Wolves @ Rockford IceHogs, 4:00 p.m. CDT Utica Comets @ Rochester Americans, 5:05 p.m. EDT

Florida looks to return as Fort Wayne pulls ahead in week 14; Henderson holds on to first, Condors take over player leaderboard

The Florida Everblades are climbing their way back up the league ladder, settling comfortably into second place following a 3-0-0 week and a 0.735 win percentage. The Everblades dominated the league when play began, holding the top spot for the first month of play. The Fort Wayne Komets continue to push their lead, also having a 3-0-0 week that pushed their record to 10-1-2-1 and their percentage to 0.821. 

Last-place Wheeling Nailers crushed third-place Indy Fuel 6-0 on Tues, Mar. 9 at WesBanco Arena. The Nailers opened the game with a goal from Nick Rivera less than thirty seconds into play. The team took 37 shots total, scoring four times in the second and notching the final goal in the third frame. Goalie Alex D’Orio made 27 saves in his first professional shutout. 

On the Fast Track 

Jesse Mychan notched a hattrick in the Allen Americans’ 6-2 win over the Utah Grizzlies on Fri, Mar. 12, making him the top goal-scorer for Allen. Mychan currently has the highest goals per game average for players who have skated in ten or more games this season (0.65). He has collected points in ten of his last thirteen games played (16 pts, 8g). 

An average of 0.5 goals per game puts a player on track to score 36 goals in a full season. Mychan currently has 15 goals in 23 games played. Other players who have at least 0.5 goals per game that have skated in ten or more include Nic Pierog of the Indy Fuel (0.53), Danny Moynihan of the Tulsa Oilers (0.6), and Austin Fyten of the Wheeling Nailers (0.61). League-leader Michael Huntebrinker scores an average of exactly 0.5 goals per game. 

Light the Fuse 

The Fort Wayne Komets hold a stellar .938 win percentage when scoring first and are the only team in the league to have a percentage of over .900. The team has walked away with at least one point in every game where they netted the first goal (7-0-1-0). The only other team not to see a regulation loss when scoring first is the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (10-0-3-0, 0.885 PCT). 

The Komets are 5-0-0 at home and swept on this week’s three-game road trip to raise their away record to 5-1-2-1. The team ranks near the top of the league in goals scored per game at 3.57. 

Weekly Results 

Tues, Mar. 9 

South Carolina Stingrays @ Orlando Solar Bears: 1-4, F 

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers: 0-6, F 

Wed, Mar. 10 

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades: 2-4, F 

Tulsa Oilers @ Wichita Thunder: 2-1, F 

Thurs, Mar. 11

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Jacksonville Icemen: 1-0, F Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel: 2-1, F 

Fri, Mar. 12 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Jacksonville Icemen: 1-2, F/OT Fort Wayne Komets @ Wheeling Nailers: 3-2, F/OT South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades: 0-4, F Tulsa Oilers @ Wichita Thunder: 4-3, F/OT 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Rapid City Rush: 1-3, F Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies: 6-2, F 

Sat, Mar. 13 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades: 2-3 F/SO Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 3-6, F Fort Wayne Komets @ Wheeling Nailers: 3-2, F Tulsa Oilers @ Wichita Thunder: 4-1, F 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Rapid City Rush: 2-3, F/OT Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies: 5-4, F/OT 

Sun, Mar. 14 

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel: 1-3, F 

Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies: 1-5, F 

Wichita Thunder @ Tulsa Oilers: 2-3, F 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Rapid City Rush: 3-4, F/SO 

League Leaders 

Goals: M. Huntebrinker, Florida Everblades (17) Assists: S. Jardine, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (24) Points: Three way tie across three teams (34) 

PIM: A. Atwal, Florida Everblades (97) 

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (21) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Fort Wayne Komets (23pts, 0.821, 10-1-2-1) 2. Florida Everblades (50pts, 0.735, 24-8-0-2) 3. Indy Fuel (46pts, 0.719, 22-8-2-0) 
  2. Wichita Thunder (45pts, 0.662, 20-9-4-1) 
  3. Allen Americans (39pts, 0.650, 19-10-1-0) 
  4. Orlando Solar Bears (38pts, 0.613, 17-10-3-1) 7. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (39pts, 0.574, 15-10-7-2) 8. Utah Grizzlies (37pts, 0.544, 14-11-4-5) 
  5. Tulsa Oilers (35pts, 0.530, 16-14-2-1) 
  6. Kansas City Mavericks (32pts, 0.500, 13-13-4-2) 11. South Carolina Stingrays (32pts, 0.500, 12-12-6-2) 12. Rapid City Rush (36pts, 0.486, 17-18-2-0) 
  7. Jacksonville Icemen (28pts, 0.483, 12-13-1-3) 14. Wheeling Nailers (21pts, 0.328, 8-19-5-0)

Upcoming Games 

Tues, Mar. 16 

*all times are Eastern 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. 

Wed, Mar. 17 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m. Tulsa Oilers @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. 

Indy Fuel @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. 

Fri, Mar. 19 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m. Fort Wayne Komets @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m. Florida Everblades @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m. Wichita Thunder @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m. Tulsa Oilers @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. 

Indy Fuel @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m. Utah Grizzlies @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. 

Sat, Mar. 20 

Fort Wayne Komets @ South Carolina Stingrays, 6:05 p.m. Jacksonville Icemen @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. Florida Everblades @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m. Wichita Thunder @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m. Indy Fuel @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m. Allen Americans @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m. 

Utah Grizzlies @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. 

Sun, Mar. 21 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen, 3:00 p.m. Fort Wayne Komets @ South Carolina Stingrays, 3:05 p.m. Florida Everblades @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 3:05 p.m. Wichita Thunder @ Wheeling Nailers, 4:10 p.m. Indy Fuel @ Kansas City Mavericks, 5:05 p.m. Allen Americans @ Tulsa Oilers, 5:05 p.m.


Henderson Holds on to First, Condors Take Over Player Leaderboard


The Henderson Silver Knights saw their second loss of the season, falling 2-4 to the 26th place Ontario Reign on Saturday. Despite the loss the Silver Knights maintain their first-place spot in the league with a 0.833 win percentage. The Reign swept their games 2-0-0 this week, tripling their win tally (3-10-2-0). 

The Belleville Senators also notched their second win of the season, shutting out the Laval Rocket 3-0 on Mon, Mar. 8 (2-7-0-0). Belleville goalie Filip Gustavsson made 18 saves for his second professional shutout. Laval took revenge on Wednesday, taking down Belleville 3-1. 

The Binghamton Devils’ games were postponed due to COVID protocol this week, including a mid-game suspension of play on Wednesday against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The score was tied at one at the time of suspension. This is the first game of the season that had to be stopped due to protocol. 

Marody Points Marathon 

Cooper Marody scored all three regulation goals for the Bakersfield Condors in their 4-3 overtime victory over the San Jose Barracuda on Sun, Mar. 13. The hat trick was his second of the season – he had previously netted three in the Condors’ 5-3 win over the Ontario Reign on Sat, Mar. 6. 

Marody has points in nine straight games and leads the league in both points and goals (19pts, 12g). He averages 1.46 points per game and the hat trick gave him his third multi-goal game of the season. 

Six + a shutout for Swayman 

Providence Bruins goalie Jeremy Swayman posted his first professional shutout on Wednesday, kicking off his career with a perfect 7-0-0 record. Swayman made 25 saves in the 3-0 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and holds a 0.942 save percentage and 1.57 goals against average. 

The Bruins have climbed the league rankings to third and are ranked first in the Atlantic Division. The team is on a six-game point streak and looks to continue it into next week when they face off against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Mon, Mar. 15. 

Weekly Results 

Mon, Mar. 8 

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Providence Bruins: 3-2, F/OT 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: 4-3, F/OT 

Laval Rocket @ Belleville Senators: 0-3, F 

Stockton Heat @ Manitoba Moose: 6-5, F/OT 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Colorado Eagles: postponed 

Tues, Mar. 9 

San Diego Gulls @ San Jose Barracuda: 2-4, F

Wed, Mar. 10 

Providence Bruins @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 3-0, F 

Laval Rocket @ Belleville Senators: 3-1, F 

Stockton Heat @ Manitoba Moose: 3-2, F/OT 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Binghamton Devils: suspended after first (1-1) Rochester Americans @ Utica Comets: 2-3, F/SO 

San Diego Gulls @ Bakersfield Condors: 1-3, F 

Thurs, Mar. 11 

Stockton Heat @ Manitoba Moose: 2-1, F 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Rockford IceHogs: 3-1, F 

Fri, Mar. 12 

Hartford Wolfpack @ Providence Bruins: 2-5, F 

Laval Rocket @ Toronto Marlies: 3-4, F 

Colorado Eagles @ Texas Stars: 2-4, F 

San Jose Barracuda @ Bakersfield Condors: 1-4, F 

Tucson Roadrunners @ Ontario Reign: 3-5, F 

Sat, Mar. 13 

Stockton Heat @ Manitoba Moose: 2-4, F 

Rockford IceHogs @ Grand Rapids Griffins: 2-1, F/OT Chicago Wolves @ Iowa Wild: 4-0, F 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Syracuse Crunch: 0-3, F Utica Comets @ Rochester Americans: postponed 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Ontario Reign: 2-4, F 

Colorado Eagles @ Texas Stars: 5-3, F 

San Jose Barracuda @ Bakersfield Condors: 3-4, F/OT Tucson Roadrunners @ San Diego Gulls: 4-1, F 

Sun, Mar. 14 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Hershey Bears: 4-1, F 

Chicago Wolves @ Iowa Wild: 6-2, F 

Henderson Silver Knights @ San Diego Gulls: 3-2, F 

Toronto Marlies @ Laval Rocket: 4-5, F/SO 

League Leaders 

Goals: C. Marody, Bakersfield Condors (12) 

Assists: T. Benson, Bakersfield Condors (12) 

Points: C. Marody, Bakersfield Condors (19) 

PIM: MJ. Gregoire, Tucson Roadrunners (38) 

+/-: T. Gaudet, Toronto Marlies (14) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Henderson Silver Knights (20pts, 0.833, 10-2-0-0) 
  2. Chicago Wolves (21pts, 0.808, 10-2-0-1) 
  3. Providence Bruins (19pts, 0.792, 9-2-1-0) 
  4. Stockton Heat (16pts, 0.727, 8-3-0-0)
  5. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (16pts, 0.727, 7-2-2-0) 6. Utica Comets (13pts, 0.722, 6-2-0-1) 
  6. Texas Stars (16pts, 0.667, 8-4-0-0) 
  7. Hershey Bears (16pts, 0.667, 7-3-2-0) 
  8. Grand Rapids Griffins (13pts, 0.650, 6-3-1-0) 10. Rochester Americans (13pts, 0.650, 6-3-0-1) 11. Laval Rocket (15pts, 0.625, 7-4-1-0) 
  9. Bakersfield Condors (16pts, 0.615, 8-5-0-0) 
  10. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (13pts, 0.591, 5-3-2-1) 14. Cleveland Monsters (9pts, 0.563, 4-3-1-0) 
  11. San Jose Barracuda (13pts, 0.542, 5-4-3-0) 
  12. Toronto Marlies (15pts, 0.536, 7-6-0-1) 
  13. San Diego Gulls (18pts, 0.529, 9-8-0-0) 
  14. Manitoba Moose (16pts, 0.500, 7-7-2-0) 
  15. Tucson Roadrunners (12pts, 0.500, 6-6-0-0) 
  16. Syracuse Crunch (9pts, 0.450, 4-5-1-0) 
  17. Colorado Eagles (10pts, 0.417, 4-6-2-0) 
  18. Hartford Wolf Pack (6pts, 0.375, 3-5-0-0) 
  19. Binghamton Devils (7pts, 0.350, 2-5-2-1) 
  20. Rockford IceHogs (9pts, 0.346, 4-8-1-0) 
  21. Iowa Wild (8pts, 0.333, 3-7-2-0) 
  22. Ontario Reign (8pts, 0.267, 3-10-2-0) 
  23. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (4pts, 0.250, 2-6-0-0) 28. Belleville Senators (4pts, 0.222, 2-7-0-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Mon, Mar. 15 

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Providence Bruins, 1:00 p.m. EDT Belleville Senators @ Laval Rocket, 5:00 p.m. EDT 

Tues, Mar. 16 

Rockford Icehogs @ Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m. EDT Colorado Eagles @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CDT 

Bakersfield Condors @ San Jose Barracuda, 6:00 p.m. PDT Ontario Reign @ Tucson Roadrunners, 6:30 p.m. MST 

Wed, Mar. 17 

Binghamton Devils @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. EDT Syracuse Crunch @ Rochester Americans, 7:05 p.m. EDT Colorado Eagles @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CDT 

Bakersfield Condors @ San Jose Barracuda, 6:00 p.m. PDT Ontario Reign @ Tucson Roadrunners, 6:30 p.m. MST 

Thurs, Mar. 18 

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 1:00 p.m. EDT Laval Rocket @ Stockton Heat, 6:00 p.m. MDT 

Fri, Mar. 19

Chicago Wolves @ Grand Rapids Griffins, 6:00 p.m. EDT Iowa Wild @ Rockford IceHogs, 6:00 p.m. CDT 

Rochester Americans @ Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 7:00 p.m. EDT Hershey Bears @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Toronto Marlies @ Belleville Senators, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

Sat, Mar. 20 

Providence Bruins @ Hartford Wolf Pack, 1:00 p.m. EDT Toronto Marlies @ Belleville Senators, 3:00 p.m. EDT 

San Jose Barracuda @ Henderson Silver Knights, 1:00 p.m. PDT Laval Rocket @ Stockton Heat, 2:00 p.m. MDT 

Ontario Reign @ Bakersfield Condors, 3:00 p.m. PDT 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Cleveland Monsters, 7:00 p.m. EDT Iowa Wild @ Rockford IceHogs, 6:00 p.m. CDT 

Utica Comets @ Syracuse Crunch, 7:00 p.m. EDT 

San Diego Gulls @ Tucson Roadrunners, 5:00 p.m. MST 

Sun, Mar. 21 

San Jose Barracuda @ Henderson Silver Knights, 12:00 p.m. PDT Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 3:05 p.m. EDT Binghamton Devils @ Hershey Bears, 4:00 p.m. EDT 

Laval Rocket @ Stockton Heat, 2:00 p.m. MDT 

Ontario Reign @ Bakersfield Condors, 3:00 p.m. PDT 

San Diego Gulls @ Tucson Roadrunners, 5:00 p.m. MST

KOmets lock down the fort in week 13, AHL opens March with standings shift

The Fort Wayne Komets have quickly climbed the ladder to first in the league, rebounding after a rocky beginning. The team went undefeated this week lifting their win percentage to 0.773 and record to 7-1-2-1, pushing past the Indy Fuel. Fort Wayne is looking to continue its eight-game point streak into next week, slated to take on Indy to defend the top spot. 

Three games on Saturday pulled attendance of over 3,000, and all five gave the best league average attendance this season. The day pushed the season average up to 2,162. The home arenas that welcomed more than 3,000 fans belonged to the Rapid City Rush (3,713), the South Carolina Stingrays (3,520), and the Komets (3,040). 

Not a lot of goals 

Sunday’s matchup between the Kansas City Mavericks and Wichita Thunder settled a 0-0 score in a shootout. Both Brodie Reid and Adam Brady netted goals in the three rounds, locking in a 1-0 victory for the Mavericks. Matt Ginn made 37 saves for his sixth professional and first shutout of the 2020-21 season. Pushing the game to extra time extended the Thunder’s point streak to five games (4-0-0-1). 

The shutout was one of four this week with the Wichita Thunder being involved in two. The largest score margin went to the Indy Fuel, who locked down their net to send the Wheeling Nailers packing 6-0 on Wednesday. 

During the Mavericks-Thunder game, a penalty shot was awarded to Beau Starrett, who failed to put the puck past Kansas City goalie Matt Ginn. The shot was one of eleven that have been awarded this season. Only three chances have been successful. 

Rushed 

Tyler Coulter took over the league lead in points last week, collecting five points across the Rapid City Rush’s four games. The six-foot-one forward holds an even 1.00 points per game average, also leading the Rush in assists (19) and power play goals (5). 

Rapid City ranks second-to-last in the league standings with a 14-18-2 and more importantly a 0.441 win percentage. The team split their weekly results 2-1-1-0 and went 2-1-0 against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits. This was the first time the Rush faced off against the Swamp Rabbits this season. Coulter is one of three Rapid City players to collect four points against Greenville across the three games. 

Weekly Results 

Tues, Mar. 2 

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder: 4-5, F/OT 

Wed, Mar. 3 

Jacksonville Icemen @ South Carolina Stingrays: 1-2, F/SO 

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel: 0-6, F 

Utah Grizzlies @ Allen Americans: 3-5, F 

Fri, Mar. 5 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 0-3, F

Jacksonville Icemen @ South Carolina Stingrays: 3-5, F Kansas City Mavericks @ Indy Fuel: 5-4, F/OT Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets: 2-4, F Utah Grizzlies @ Wichita Thunder: 0-3, F 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Rapid City Rush: 8-5, F 

Sat, Mar. 6 

Jacksonville Icemen @ South Carolina Stingrays: 4-2, F Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 2-5, F Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets: 3-5, F Utah Grizzlies @ Wichita Thunder: 3-4, F 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Rapid City Rush: 1-2, F 

Sun, Mar. 7 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 2-5, F Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder: 1-0, F/SO Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Rapid City Rush: 1-2, F/OT 

League Leaders 

Goals: N. Pierog, Indy Fuel (16) 

Assists: S. Jardine, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (23) Points: T. Coulter, Rapid City Rush (32) 

PIM: C. Fraser, South Carolina Stingrays (87) +/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (22) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Fort Wayne Komets (17pts, 0.773, 7-1-2-1) 2. Indy Fuel (44pts, 0.759, 21-6-2-0) 
  2. Wichita Thunder (44pts, 0.733, 20-6-3-1) 
  3. Florida Everblades (44pts, 0.710, 21-8-0-2) 5. Allen Americans (35pts, 0.648, 17-9-1-0) 
  4. Orlando Solar Bears (35pts, 0.603, 16-10-3-0) 7. South Carolina Stingrays (32pts, 0.552, 12-9-6-2) 8. Utah Grizzlies (34pts, 0.548, 13-10-3-5) 
  5. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (34pts, 0.548, 13-10-6-2) 10. Kansas City Mavericks (30pts, 0.517, 13-12-3-1) 11. Jacksonville Icemen (25pts, 0.481, 11-12-1-2) 12. Tulsa Oilers (27pts, 0.466, 12-14-2-1) 
  6. Rapid City Rush (30pts, 0.441, 14-18-2-0) 14. Wheeling Nailers (18pts, 0.321, 7-17-4-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Tues, Mar. 9 

*all times are Eastern 

South Carolina Stingrays @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m.

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m. 

Wed, Mar. 10 

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m. Tulsa Oilers @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. 

Thurs, Mar. 11 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m. Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m. 

Fri, Mar. 12 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m. Fort Wayne Komets @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m. South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m. Tulsa Oilers @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m. 

Sat, Mar. 13 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades, 7:00 p.m. Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m. Fort Wayne Komets @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m. Tulsa Oilers @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m. 

Sun, Mar. 14 

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel, 3:05 p.m. 

Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies, 3:10 p.m. 

Wichita Thunder @ Tulsa Oilers, 5:05 p.m. 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Rapid City Rush, 6:05 p.m.

 

AHL opens March with standings shift

 

The Henderson Silver Knights lock in on top and the Providence Bruins knock the Chicago Wolves down another peg on the leaderboard as the AHL opens up March. 

Continuing to shine, the Henderson Silver Knights are the only team to see only one loss this season, leading the league with a 10-1-0-0 record and a 0.909 win percentage. The team swept the Colorado Eagles in back-to-back games but will have a break until they play again, as their Monday, March 8 game against the Eagles was postponed. 

The Bakersfield Condors went undefeated last week, rebounding from a rocky 2-5-0-0 beginning to even out their record 5-5-0-0. The Condors demolished the San Jose Barracuda 6-0 on Wednesday at Mechanics Bank Arena, the widest shutout margin of the season and the only shutout of the week. 

Half and half 

Four teams including Bakersfield have an evenly split record, blocking up spots 20-23 in the league standings. The Toronto Marlies, Manitoba Moose, and Tucson Roadrunners all hold the even 0.500 win percentage and have played at least ten times. 

There is a gap between the block of four and the teams on either side. The Colorado Eagles, who rank 24th, have a 0.400 win percentage and the San Jose Barracuda hold a 0.556 percentage. 

The Tucson Roadrunners took a steep fall after being the second-to-last undefeated team in the league in February. Tucson dropped all three games played against the Texas Stars last week, struggling to stop a four-game losing skid. 

Hat trick for Henderson 

Gage Quinney scored the first hat trick in Henderson Silver Knights’ franchise history on Friday, March 5. The goals locked in a 4-2 Henderson victory over the Colorado Eagles at the Budweiser Events Center. 

Quinney scored a full strength goal early in the third period to give Henderson a 2-1 lead. The next two goals – one short handed and one empty net goal – came 13 seconds apart with less than two minutes of play remaining to complete the hat trick and give the Silver Knights the two-goal margin. 

Weekly Results 

Tues, Mar. 2 

Providence Bruins @ Hartford Wolf Pack: 4-2, F 

Wed, Mar. 3 

Syracuse Crunch @ Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins: 2-1, F/SO 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Rockford IceHogs: 9-4, F 

Stockton Heat @ Belleville Senators: 4-1, F 

Manitoba Moose @ Toronto Marlies: 2-4, F 

Hershey Bears @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms: 3-4, F 

Utica Comets @ Rochester Americans: 2-4, F 

Texas Stars @ Tucson Roadrunners: 5-2, F

San Jose Barracuda @ Bakersfield Condors: 0-6, F 

San Diego Gulls @ Ontario Reign: 5-4, F/OT 

Thurs, Mar. 4 

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Providence Bruins: 1-4, F 

Fri, Mar. 5 

Manitoba Moose @ Belleville Senators: 3-1, F 

Stockton Heat @ Toronto Marlies: 5-1, F 

Cleveland Monsters @ Chicago Wolves: 4-3, F/SO 

Texas Stars @ Tucson Roadrunners: 5-2, F 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Colorado Eagles: 4-2, F San Jose Barracuda @ San Diego Gulls: 5-1, F 

Sat, Mar. 6 

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Hershey Bears: 1-4, F 

Manitoba Moose @ Belleville Senators: 6-2, F 

Stockton Heat @ Toronto Marlies: 4-3, F 

Cleveland Monsters @ Chicago Wolves: 3-1, F 

Ontario Reign @ Bakersfield Condors: 3-5, F 

Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Binghamton Devils: 6-3, F Iowa Wild @ Rockford IceHogs: 2-3, F 

Rochester Americans @ Syracuse Crunch: 4-2, F 

Texas Stars @ Tucson Roadrunners: 4-2, F 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Colorado Eagles: 4-1, F San Jose Barracuda @ San Diego Gulls: 2-3, F/OT 

Sun, Mar. 7 

Binghamton Devils @ Hershey Bears: 3-4, F/OT 

Iowa Wild @ Rockford IceHogs: 3-4, F/OT 

Bakersfield Condors @ Ontario Reign: 5-1, F 

League Leaders 

Goals: C. Marody, Bakersfield Condors / R. Pitlick, Chicago Wolves (8) Assists: A. Poturalski, San Diego Gulls (10) 

Points: C. Marody, Bakersfield Condors / N. Todd, Manitoba Moose (13) PIM: M. Pospisil, Stockton Heat (31) 

+/-: T. Gaudet, Toronto Marlies (12) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Henderson Silver Knights (20pts, 0.909, 10-1-0-0) 
  2. Providence Bruins (14pts, 0.778, 7-2-0-0) 
  3. Chicago Wolves (17pts, 0.773, 8-2-0-1) 
  4. Hershey Bears (16pts, 0.727, 7-2-2-0) 
  5. Stockton Heat (10pts, 0.714, 5-2-0-0) 
  6. Texas Stars (14pts, 0.700, 7-3-0-0) 
  7. Laval Rocket (11pts, 0.688, 5-2-1-0)
  8. Utica Comets (11pts, 0.688, 5-2-0-1) 
  9. Rochester Americans (12pts, 0.667, 6-3-0-0) 
  10. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (12pts, 0.667, 5-2-1-1) 11. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (12pts, 0.667, 5-2-2-0) 
  11. San Diego Gulls (18pts, 0.643, 9-5-0-0) 
  12. Grand Rapids Griffins (10pts, 0.625, 5-3-0-0) 
  13. Cleveland Monsters (9pts, 0.563, 4-3-1-0) 
  14. San Jose Barracuda (10pts, 0.556, 4-3-2-0) 
  15. Toronto Marlies (12pts, 0.500, 6-6-0-0) 
  16. Manitoba Moose (12pts, 0.500, 6-6-0-0) 
  17. Bakersfield Condors (10pts, 0.500, 5-5-0-0) 
  18. Tucson Roadrunners (10pts, 0.500, 5-5-0-0) 
  19. Colorado Eagles (8pts, 0.400, 3-5-2-0) 
  20. Iowa Wild (8pts, 0.400, 3-5-2-0) 
  21. Syracuse Crunch (7pts, 0.389, 3-5-1-0) 
  22. Binghamton Devils (7pts, 0.350, 2-5-2-1) 
  23. Hartford Wolf Pack (4pts, 0.333, 2-4-0-0) 
  24. Rockford IceHogs (7pts, 0.318, 3-7-1-0) 
  25. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (4pts, 0.286, 2-5-0-0) 
  26. Ontario Reign (4pts, 0.154, 1-10-2-0) 
  27. Belleville Senators (2pts, 0.143, 1-6-0-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Mon, Mar. 8 

Hartford Wolfpack @ Providence Bruins, 1:00 p.m. EST 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5:00 p.m. EST Laval Rocket @ Belleville Senators, 7:00 p.m. EST 

Stockton Heat @ Manitoba Moose, 6:00 p.m. CST 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. MST 

Tues, Mar. 9 

San Diego Gulls @ San Jose Barracuda, 6:00 p.m. PST 

Wed, Mar. 10 

Providence Bruins @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 1:00 p.m. EST Laval Rocket @ Belleville Senators, 7:00 p.m. EST 

Stockton Heat @ Manitoba Moose, 6:00 p.m. CST 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EST Rochester Americans @ Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m. EST 

San Diego Gulls @ Bakersfield Condors, 6:00 p.m. PST 

Thurs, Mar. 11 

Stockton Heat @ Manitoba Moose, 6:00 p.m. CST 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Rockford IceHogs, 6:00 p.m. CST Fri, Mar. 12

Hartford Wolfpack @ Providence Bruins, 1:00 p.m. EST Cleveland Monsters @ Rochester Americans, 6:05 p.m. EST Laval Rocket @ Toronto Marlies, 7:00 p.m. EST 

Hershey Bears @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EST Syracuse Crunch @ Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m. EST 

Colorado Eagles @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CST 

San Jose Barracuda @ Bakersfield Condors, 6:00 p.m. PST Tucson Roadrunners @ Ontario Reign, 6:00 p.m. PST 

Sat, Mar. 13 

Stockton Heat @ Manitoba Moose, 2:00 p.m. CST 

Rockford IceHogs @ Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m. EST Chicago Wolves @ Iowa Wild, 6:00 p.m. CST 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Syracuse Crunch, 7:00 p.m. EST Binghamton Devils @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. EST Utica Comets @ Rochester Americans, 7:05 p.m. EST Henderson Silver Knights @ Ontario Reign, 5:00 p.m. PST Colorado Eagles @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CST 

San Jose Barracuda @ Bakersfield Condors, 6:00 p.m. PST Tucson Roadrunners @ San Diego Gulls, 7:00 p.m. PST 

Sun, Mar. 14 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Hershey Bears, 3:00 p.m. EST Chicago Wolves @ Iowa Wild, 3:00 p.m. CST 

Henderson Silver Knights @ San Diego Gulls, 3:00 p.m. CST Toronto Marlies @ Laval Rocket, 7:00 p.m. EST

Everblades retake the lead, Wheeling tosses utah; Rockford sees their 1st victory, 2 goal game trends

The Florida Everblades reclaimed the top spot in the league rankings, knocking the Indy Fuel down a peg. The Everblades walked away with at least one point in every game played last week and were the first team to pass twenty wins this season. 

The Fuel fell consecutively to the Fort Wayne Komets over the weekend. The Komets scored three short-handed goals in their 8-1 win on Saturday. Forward Zach Pochiro scored twice in the match, extending his game point-streak to six. Two games earlier Pochiro scored a hat trick in Fort Wayne’s 6-2 victory over the Wheeling Nailers. 

Fort Wayne has made a quick climb up the leaderboard after joining in on the season, taking third place with a .722 win percentage and a 5-1-2-1 record. 

Boxing ring 

The Wheeling Nailers and the Utah Grizzlies dropped the gloves with under ten seconds left in Sunday’s game at WesBanco Arena. The fight ended with the goalies involved, with Wheeling’s François Brassard taking down Utah’s Kevin Carr at center ice. 

The 148 total penalty minutes that were handed out during the 6-1 Nailers win was the most minutes accumulated during a single ECHL game this season. 106 penalty minutes were earned in the final ten seconds. 

Before the throwdown the Grizzlies were the least penalized team in the league. 

Weekly Results 

Tues, Feb. 23 

Wichita Thunder @ Kansas City Mavericks: 4-3, F/OT 

Wed, Feb. 24 

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers: 4-1, F 

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades: 3-4, F 

Thurs, Feb. 25 

Allen Americans @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 1-4, F 

Fri, Feb. 26 

Jacksonville Icemen @ Orlando Solar Bears: 2-3, F 

Allen Americans @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 5-4, F 

Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel: 2-3, F 

Utah Grizzlies @ Wheeling Nailers: 2-5, F 

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades: 5-6, F/SO 

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks: 3-1, F 

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder: 5-4, F/OT

Sat, Feb. 27 

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades: 4-3, F/SO Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen: 2-3, F/OT Allen Americans @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 4-6, F Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel: 8-1, F 

Utah Grizzlies @ Wheeling Nailers: 4-3, F 

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks: 1-3, F Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder: 3-2, F 

Sun, Feb. 28 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen: 4-1, F Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel: 3-0, F 

Utah Grizzlies @ Wheeling Nailers: 1-6, F 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers: 5-1, F Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder: 1-3, F 

League Leaders 

Goals: N. Pierog, Indy Fuel (15) 

Assists: S. Jardine, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (22) Points: B. Reid, Kansas City Mavericks (31) 

PIM: M. McKee, Tulsa Oilers (86) 

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (24) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Florida Everblades (44pts, 0.786, 21-5-0-2) 2. Indy Fuel (41pts, 0.759, 20-6-1-0) 
  2. Fort Wayne Komets (13pts, 0.722, 5-1-2-1) 4. Wichita Thunder (37pts, 0.712, 17-6-3-0) 5. Allen Americans (33pts, 0.635, 16-9-1-0) 6. Utah Grizzlies (34pts, 0.607, 13-7-3-5) 
  3. Orlando Solar Bears (29pts, 0.558, 13-10-3-0) 8. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (31pts, 0.554, 12-9-5-2) 9. South Carolina Stingrays (28pts, 0.538, 10-8-6-2) 10. Kansas City Mavericks (26pts, 0.481, 11-12-3-1) 11. Jacksonville Icemen (22pts, 0.478, 10-11-1-1) 12. Tulsa Oilers (27pts, 0.466, 12-14-2-1) 
  4. Rapid City Rush (25pts, 0.417, 12-17-1-0) 14. Wheeling Nailers (18pts, 0.360, 7-14-4-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Tues, Mar. 2 

*all times are Eastern 

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. Wed, Mar. 3

Jacksonville Icemen @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m. Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m. 

Utah Grizzlies @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. 

Fri, Mar. 5 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. Jacksonville Icemen @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m. Kansas City Mavericks @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m. Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets, 8:00 p.m. Utah Grizzlies @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. 

Sat, Mar. 6 

Jacksonville Icemen @ South Carolina Stingrays, 6:05 p.m. Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets, 7:30 p.m. Utah Grizzlies @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. 

Sun, Mar. 7 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 3:00 p.m. Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder, 5:05 p.m. Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Rapid City Rush, 6:05 p.m.

 

Rockford sees their first victory, two-goal games trend 

 

The Chicago Wolves shared the wealth on Sunday night as seventeen of their eighteen players who skated collected at least one point in the 8-4 victory over the Grand Rapids Griffins. This closely followed the Wolves’ first loss of the season – a 4-1 loss to the Griffins on Friday. 

The loss leaves no team undefeated and allowed the Henderson Silver Knights to tie the Wolves for first in the league each with a .889 win percentage (8-1-0). Henderson climbed the league rankings after sweeping the San Diego Gulls 3-0-0. 

The Rockford IceHogs saw their first victory last week, defeating the Cleveland Monsters 3-2 on Tues, Feb. 23. The win was enough to keep them out of last place, trailed only by the Ontario Reign. 

Goals on goals 

Two-goal games trended over the past week with players turning up the intensity on the ice and on the scoresheets. 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms forward Max Willman tallied his first two-goal game in his AHL career in the team’s 5-4 win over the Binghamton Devils on Wednesday. He went on to have a second two-goal effort on Saturday, helping the Phantoms get a 5-4 overtime edge over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Willman scored five goals in the three-game span and has tallied six goals total this season. 

Calen Addison also had a multi-goal effort, scoring his first two professional goals in the Iowa Wilds’ 5-3 win over the Texas Stars on Friday at the H-E-B Center. His first pro goal tied the game at three and then Addison went on to give the Wild a 4-3 lead with a second goal about ten minutes later. 

Jamieson Reese was the only player of seventeen who collected points to score twice in the Chicago Wolves’ 8-1 victory on Sunday. 

Clune gets the Toronto C 

The Toronto Marlies announced Rich Clune as the franchise’s ninth captain on Monday, Mar. 1. Clune has served as a Marlies alternate captain for five seasons and has appeared in twenty playoff games for the team, including when Toronto lifted the Calder Cup in 2018. He has played 172 games with the Marlies across six seasons, collecting 45 points total (20g, 25a). 

Clune was picked in the third round of the 2005 NHL draft by the Dallas Stars and has played over 600 AHL and NHL games since being drafted. 

Weekly Results 

Mon, Feb. 22 

Manitoba Moose @ Laval Rocket: 3-2, F/OT 

Cleveland Monsters @ Rockford IceHogs,: 7-3, F 

Tues, Feb. 23 

Cleveland Monsters @ Rockford IceHogs: 2-3, F

Toronto Marlies @ Stockton Heat: 5-1, F 

Wed. Feb. 24 

Hershey Bears @ Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins: 2-4, F Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Binghamton Devils: 5-4, F/OT Manitoba Moose @ Laval Rocket: 4-2, F 

Rochester Americans @ Syracuse Crunch 

Toronto Marlies @ Stockton Heat: 2-4, F 

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars 

Tucson Roadrunners @ Colorado Eagles: 1-3, F 

San Diego Gulls @ Henderson Silver Knights: 2-4, F 

Thurs, Feb. 25 

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Providence Bruins: 3-2, F Bakersfield Condors @ San Jose Barracuda 

Fri, Feb. 26 

Toronto Marlies @ Stockton Heat: 1-8, F 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins: 2-4, F Manitoba Moose @ Laval Rocket: 3-4, F 

Hershey Bears @ Binghamton Devils: 6-3, F 

Chicago Wolves @ Grand Rapids Griffins: 1-4, F 

Rochester Americans @ Utica Comets: 2-7, F 

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars: 5-3, F 

San Diego Gulls @ Henderson Silver Knights: 2-3, F 

Tucson Roadrunners @ Colorado Eagles: 4-3, F/OT 

Sat, Feb. 27 

Providence Bruins @ Hartford Wolf Pack: 4-2, F 

Manitoba Moose @ Laval Rocket: 1-2, F 

Binghamton Devils @ Hershey Bears: 0-3, F 

San Diego Gulls @ Henderson Silver Knights: 2-4, F 

Rockford IceHogs @ Cleveland Monsters: 3-6, F 

Utica Comets @ Syracuse Crunch: 4-2, F 

Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms: 5-4, F/OT Ontario Reign @ San Jose Barracuda: 3-6, F 

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars: 2-3, F 

Tucson Roadrunners @ Colorado Eagles: 0-1, F 

Sun, Feb. 28 

Rockford IceHogs @ Cleveland Monsters: 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Chicago Wolves: 4-8, F 

Ontario Reign @ San Jose Barracuda: 1-3, F 

League Leaders 

Goals: R. Pitlick, Chicago Wolves (8) 

Assists: J. Davies, Chicago Wolves (9) 

Points: S. Jarvis, Chicago Wolves (11)

PIM: J. Keane Chicago Wolves (25) 

+/-: T. Graovac, Manitoba Moose (11) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Chicago Wolves (16pts, 0.889, 8-1-0-0) 
  2. Henderson Silver Knights (16pts, 0.889, 8-1-0-0) 3. Utica Comets (11pts, 0.786, 5-1-0-1) 
  3. Hershey Bears (12pts, 0.750, 5-1-2-0) 
  4. Providence Bruins (10pts, 0.714, 5-2-0-0) 
  5. Tucson Roadrunners (10pts, 0.714, 5-2-0-0) 
  6. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (10pts, 0.714, 4-1-2-0) 8. Laval Rocket (11pts, 0.688, 5-2-1-0) 
  7. Rochester Americans (8pts, 0.667, 4-2-0-0) 
  8. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (9pts, 0.643, 4-2-1-0) 11. San Diego Gulls (14pts, 0.636, 7-4-0-0) 
  9. San Jose Barracuda (7pts, 0.583, 3-2-1-0) 
  10. Grand Rapids Griffins (8pts, 0.571, 4-3-0-0) 
  11. Texas Stars (8pts, 0.571, 4-3-0-0) 
  12. Toronto Marlies (8pts, 0.500, 4-4-0-0) 
  13. Manitoba Moose (8pts, 0.500, 4-4-0-0) 
  14. Colorado Eagles (8pts, 0.500, 3-3-2-0) 
  15. Stockton Heat (4pts, 0.500, 2-2-0-0) 
  16. Iowa Wild (7pts, 0.438, 3-4-1-0) 
  17. Cleveland Monsters (5pt, 0.417, 2-3-1-0) 
  18. Hartford Wolf Pack (4pts, 0.400, 2-3-0-0) 
  19. Binghamton Devils (6pts, 0.375, 2-4-1-1) 
  20. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (4pts, 0.333, 2-4-0-0) 
  21. Bakersfield Condors (4pts, 0.286, 2-5-0-0) 
  22. Syracuse Crunch (3pts, 0.250, 1-4-1-0) 
  23. Belleville Senators (2pts, 0.250, 1-3-0-0) 
  24. Rockford IceHogs (3pts, 0.188, 1-6-1-0) 
  25. Ontario Reign (3pts, 0.150, 1-8-1-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Tues, Mar. 2 

Providence Bruins @ Hartford Wolf Pack, 1:00 p.m. EST 

Wed, Mar. 3 

Syracuse Crunch @ Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5:00 p.m. EST Grand Rapids Griffins @ Rockford IceHogs, 6:00 p.m. CST Hershey Bears @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. EST Utica Comets @ Rochester Americans, 7:05 p.m. EST Texas Stars @ Tucson Roadrunners @ 6:30 p.m. MST San Jose Barracuda @ Bakersfield Condors, 6:00 p.m. PST San Diego Gulls @ Ontario Reign, 6:00 p.m. PST

Thurs, Mar. 4 

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Providence Bruins, 1:00 p.m. EST 

Fri, Mar. 5 

Cleveland Monsters @ Chicago Wolves, 7:00 p.m. CST Texas Stars @ Tucson Roadrunners @ 7:00 p.m. MST Henderson Silver Knights @ Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. MST San Jose Barracuda @ San Diego Gulls @ 7:00 p.m. PST 

Sat, Mar. 6 

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 1:00 p.m. EST Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Hershey Bears, 1:00 p.m. EST Cleveland Monsters @ Chicago Wolves, 3:00 p.m. CST Ontario Reign @ Bakersfield Condors, 3:00 p.m. PST Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EST Iowa Wild @ Rockford IceHogs, 6:00 p.m. CST 

Rochester Americans @ Syracuse Crunch, 7:00 p.m. EST Texas Stars @ Tucson Roadrunners, 7:00 p.m. MST 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. MST San Jose Barracuda @ San Diego Gulls @ 7:30 p.m. PST 

Sun, Mar. 7 

Binghamton Devils @ Hershey Bears, 4:00 p.m. EST Iowa Wild @ Rockford IceHogs, 4:00 p.m. CST 

Bakersfield Condors @ Ontario Reign, 3:00 p.m. PST

Brampton bows out, Fort Wayne Clears their way; Final AHL teams begin play

The top-ranked Indy Fuel’s four-game win streak was snapped on Friday but quickly rebooted, shutting out the  Greenville Swamp Rabbits 4-0 back to back over the weekend, and will start the week 2-0-0. The pair of shutouts were the first of the season for both Fuel goalies Dan Bakala and Billy Christopoulos.

The Fort Wayne Komets saw their first wins of the season this week, bouncing back from a rocky start. The Komets swept the Nailers in a three-in-three weekend set at home after taking a loss to the Indy Fuel on Wednesday. Matt Murphy scored his first professional goal on Saturday, pushing Fort Wayne forward to their 4-2 win. The team scored first in all three of their victories.

Three Kansas City Mavericks games were cancelled this week. The cancellations give the Allen Americans over one week off after seeing a 4-2 victory on Monday, Feb. 15. The Americans return to play on Thursday, taking on the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The Mavericks returned on Sunday, Feb. 21 and fell to the Wichita Thunder 2-1 at INTRUST Bank Arena. 

2021-22 season briefing 

The league has set Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 as opening day for the 2021-22 season. It is planned to run through Sunday, April 17, 2022. 

The ECHL Board of Governors alongside the Professional Hockey Players’ Association announced on Thursday that any player originally signed with one of the teams who chose a voluntary suspension in 2020-21 and went on to sign with an active team will have his player rights reverted back to the original team’s protected list. Any player who was given a qualifying offer by a team that chose suspension but did not sign that offer will be a free agent for the 2021-22 season. 

Brampton waves goodbye

The Brampton Beast have withdrawn from the league, effective at the end of the 2020-21 season. All players whose ECHL rights belong to Brampton will be declared free agents at the end of the season. 

The Beast joined the ECHL in 2014 from the now-defunct Central Hockey League (CHL). During their time in the ECHL the Beast held an overall record of 184-196-42 and saw postseason play in both 2016-17 and 2018-19. 

Brampton’s all-time leaders

Goals: David Vallorani (101)

Assists: Brandon Marino (156)

Points: David Vallorani (248)

PIM: Jordan Henry (322)

Games played: Jordan Henry (287)

At the time of withdrawal the team was the ECHL affiliate for the NHL’s Ottawa Senators and the AHL’s Belleville Senators. 

Weekly Results

Mon, Feb. 15

Allen Americans @ Kansas City Mavericks: 2-4, F

Wed, Feb. 17

Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel: 1-4, F

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades: 2-3, F

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers: cancelled 

Fri, Feb. 19

South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Icemen: 2-3, F/OT

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Indy Fuel: 4-3, F

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades: 2-3, F/OT

Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets: 1-4, F

Kansas City Mavericks @ Allen Americans: cancelled 

Wichita Thunder @ Tulsa Oilers: 2-3, F/OT

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies: 3-2, F/SO

Sat, Feb. 20

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 4-1, F

South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Icemen: 3-4, F/OT

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Indy Fuel: 0-4, F

Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets: 2-4, F

Kansas City Mavericks @ Allen Americans: cancelled 

Wichita Thunder @ Tulsa Oilers: 2-1, F

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies: 4-5, F/OT

Sun, Feb. 21

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Indy Fuel: 0-4, F

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies: 3-4, F

Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets: 2-6, F

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder: 1-2, F

League Leaders

Goals: M. Huntebrinker, Florida Everblades / N. Pierog, Indy Fuel (14)

Assists: M. Register, Allen Americans (17)

Points: B. Reid, Kansas City Mavericks (27)

PIM: M. McKee, Tulsa Oilers (76)

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (27)

Team Standings (points, percentage, record)

  1. Indy Fuel (37pts, 0.804, 18-4-1-0)
  2. Florida Everblades (39pts, 0.780, 19-5-0-1)
  3. Wichita Thunder (32pts, 0.727, 15-5-2-0)
  4. Allen Americans (31pts, 0.674, 15-7-1-0)
  5. Fort Wayne Komets (8pts, 0.667, 3-1-1-1)
  6. Utah Grizzlies (32pts, 0.640, 12-5-3-5) 
  7. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (25pts, 0.540, 10-8-5-2)
  8. Orlando Solar Bears (27pts, 0.575, 11-8-1-0)
  9. South Carolina Stingrays (24pts, 0.522, 9-8-6-0)
  10. Jacksonville Icemen (20pts, 0.500, 9-9-1-1)
  11. Tulsa Oilers (25pts, 0.481, 11-12-2-1)
  12. Kansas City Mavericks (21pts, 0.457, 9-11-2-1)
  13. Rapid City Rush (21pts, 0.389, 10-16-1-0)
  14. Wheeling Nailers (14pts, 0.333, 5-12-4-0)

Upcoming Games

Tues, Feb. 23

*all times are Eastern

Wichita Thunder @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

Wed, Feb. 24

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m.

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m.

Thurs, Feb. 25

Allen Americans @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 26

Jacksonville Icemen @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Utah Grizzlies @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m.

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 27

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades, 7:00 p.m.

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Utah Grizzlies @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 28

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen, 3:00 p.m.

Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel, 3:05 p.m.

Utah Grizzlies @ Wheeling Nailers, 4:10 p.m.

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers, 5:05 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder, 5:05 p.m.

Final AHL teams begin play

The Stockton Heat opened their season with a tough 7-1 loss to the Toronto Marlies Sunday Feb. 21. Stockton was the final team to see the ice, with all 28 active teams having played at least one game. Luke Philp tallied the lone Heat goal on a man-up opportunity. Seven different Toronto players set off the goal light and scored on both power play chances. 

Connor McMichael of the Hershey Bears scored the first hat trick of the AHL season in the Bears’ 3-1 win over the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins on Saturday. It was McMichael’s first professional hat trick. McMichael and the Bears swept their opponents 2-0-0 last week. 

Two teams have yet to have their perfect penalty kill percentage cracked. Both teams – the Chicago Wolves and Lehigh Valley Phantoms –  have been shorthanded more than ten times. On the flipside, Lehigh Valley ranks 27th in power play percentage (5.9%), trailed only by the Manitoba Moose who have yet to capitalize on a man-up opportunity.

Still Going Strong 

Only two teams – the Chicago Wolves (6-0-0) and Tucson Roadrunners (4-0-0) remain undefeated midway through the first month of play. Over the past week the Wolves outscored their opponents 17-5 collectively, and hammered down on the Iowa Wild 10-2 on Saturday, Feb. 20. They are the only team to score double digit goals in a single game this season. The Tucson Roadrunners had all games in the past week postponed. 

The victory was the first time since 2007 that the Wolves have scored ten goals. On Dec. 15, 2007 Chicago took down the Iowa Stars with the same 10-2 score. 

Two teams have not seen a loss in regulation, both of which call Pennsylvania home. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms (3-0-1-0) and Hershey Bears (3-0-2-0) have only been taken down in overtime this season, with Hershey being the sole team to lose in overtime more than once this season. 

Dream to reality for D’Agostini

Goalie Andrew D’Agostini of the Toronto Marlies secured his first AHL win in his league debut on Monday, Feb. 15. The victory comes as the bright next step in a lengthy career that includes five ECHL, two SPHL, and now one AHL team. 

D’Agostini made 25 saves (2 GA) in the Toronto Marlies season opener to help secure a 3-2 victory over the Manitoba Moose at Bell MTS Place. He went on to make 26 saves the following night to notch another win and bump the Marlies to a 2-0-0 record. 

He got the nod for all five of Toronto’s games last week, leaving the week at 3-2-0. D’Agostini currently holds a 2.03 goals against average and a .925 save percentage. As of Sunday, twelve AHL goalies have played four or more games. Among those goalies, D’Agostini ranks fourth in both save percentage and goals against average. 

D’Agostini has bounced in, out, and across the ECHL since he made his short league debut with the Cincinnati Cyclones in 2013. He had also spent time in the SPHL in 2018 before getting the call back up from the Reading Royals that December. 

Weekly Results

Mon, Feb. 15

Toronto Marlies @ Manitoba Moose: 3-2, F

Tues, Feb. 16

Chicago Wolves @ Rockford IceHogs: 3-2, F

Belleville Senators @ Laval Rocket: 4-1, F

Toronto Marlies @ Manitoba Moose: 6-2, F

San Jose Barracuda @ Texas Stars: Postponed

Wed, Feb. 17

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 3-5, F

Hershey Bears @ Binghamton Devils: 2-1, F

Syracuse Crunch @ Utica Comets: 2-5, F

Colorado Eagles @ Ontario Reign: 1-2, F

Bakersfield Condors @ San Diego Gulls: 3-4, F

Thurs, Feb. 18

Toronto Marlies @ Manitoba Moose: 2-4, F

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Rockford IceHogs: 3-1, F

Utica Comets @ Rochester Americans: 3-4, F/SO

Fri, Feb. 19

San Jose Barracuda @ Tucson Roadrunners: Postponed

Providence Bruins @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 1-0, F

Toronto Marlies @ Manitoba Moose: 1-2, F

Belleville Senators @ Laval Rocket: 2-5, F

San Diego Gulls @ Bakersfield Condors: 1-5, F

Colorado Eagles @ Ontario Reign: 4-2, F

Sat, Feb. 20

Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins @ Hershey Bears: 1-3, F

Cleveland Monsters @ Grand Rapids Griffins: 1-2, F/OT

San Jose Barracuda @ Tucson Roadrunners: Postponed

Rochester Americans @ Syracuse Crunch: 3-2, F

Binghamton Devils @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms: 0-3, F

Iowa Wild @ Chicago Wolves: 2-10, F

Colorado Eagles @ San Diego Gulls: 3-7, F

Henderson Silver Knights @ Bakersfield Condors: 0-3, F

Sun, Feb. 21

Providence Bruins @ Hartford Wolf Pack: 5-2, F

Toronto Marlies @ Stockton Heat: 7-1, F

Iowa Wild @ Chicago Wolves: 1-4, F

San Jose Barracuda @ Tucson Roadrunners: Postponed

Henderson Silver Knights @ Ontario Reign: 3-2, F

League Leaders

Goals: S. Jarvis / R. Pitlick, Chicago Wolves (6)

Assists: Five way tie between three teams (7)

Points: Three way tie between two teams (9)

PIM: B. Imana, Ontario Reign / M. Lajoie, Chicago Wolves (22)

+/-: C. Fitzgerald, Chicago Wolves (9)

Team Standings (points, percentage, record)

  1. Chicago Wolves (14pts, 1.000, 7-0-0-0)
  2. Tucson Roadrunners (8pts, 1.000, 4-0-0-0)
  3. San Diego Gulls (14pts, 0.875, 7-1-0-0)
  4. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (7pts, 0.875, 3-0-1-0)
  5. Henderson Silver Knights (10pts, 0.833, 5-1-0-0)
  6. Providence Bruins (8pts, 0.800, 4-1-0-0)
  7. Rochester Americans (8pts, 0.800, 4-1-0-0)
  8. Hershey Bears (8pts, 0.800, 3-0-2-0)
  9. Laval Rocket (6pts, 0.750, 3-1-0-0)
  10. Utica Comets (7pts, 0.700, 3-1-0-1)
  11. Toronto Marlies (6pts, 0.600, 3-2-0-0)
  12. Grand Rapids Griffins (6pts, 0.600, 3-2-0-0)
  13. Texas Stars (6pts, 0.600, 3-2-0-0)
  14. Hartford Wolf Pack (4pts, 0.500, 2-2-0-0)
  15. Manitoba Moose (4pts, 0.500, 2-2-0-0)
  16. Binghamton Devils (5pts, 0.500, 2-2-0-1)
  17. Iowa Wild (5pts, 0.417, 2-3-1-0)
  18. San Jose Barracuda (3pts, 0.375, 1-2-1-0)
  19. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (3pts, 0.375, 1-2-1-0)
  20. Syracuse Crunch (3pts, 0.300, 1-3-1-0)
  21. Colorado Eagles (3pts, 0.300, 1-3-1-0)
  22. Bakersfield Condors (4pts, 0.286, 2-5-0-0)
  23. Belleville Senators (2pts, 0.250, 1-3-0-0)
  24. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (2pts, 0.200, 1-4-0-0)
  25. Ontario Reign (3pts, 0.188, 1-6-1-0)
  26. Cleveland Monsters (1pt, 0.167, 0-2-1-0)
  27. Rockford IceHogs (1pt, 0.100, 0-4-1-0)
  28. Stockton Heat (0pts, 0.000, 0-1-0-0)

Upcoming Games

Mon, Feb. 22

Manitoba Moose @ Laval Rocket, 7:00 p.m. EST

Cleveland Monsters @ Rockford IceHogs, 6:00 p.m. CST

Tues, Feb. 23

Cleveland Monsters @ Rockford IceHogs, 6:00 p.m. CST

Toronto Marlies @ Stockton Heat, 6:00 p.m. MST

Wed. Feb. 24

Hershey Bears @ Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5:00 p.m. EST

Manitoba Moose @ Laval Rocket, 7:00 p.m. EST

Rochester Americans @ Syracuse Crunch, 7:00 p.m. EST

Toronto Marlies @ Stockton Heat, 6:00 p.m. MST

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CST

Tucson Roadrunners @ Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. MST

San Diego Gulls @ Henderson Silver Knights, 7:00 p.m. PST

Thurs, Feb. 25

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Providence Bruins, 1:00 p.m. EST

Bakersfield Condors @ San Jose Barracuda, 6:00 p.m. PST

Fri, Feb. 26

Toronto Marlies @ Stockton Heat, 2:00 p.m. MST

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5:00 p.m. EST

Manitoba Moose @ Laval Rocket, 7:00 p.m. EST

Hershey Bears @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EST

Chicago Wolves @ Grand Rapids Griffins, 7:00 p.m. EST

Rochester Americans @ Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m. EST

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CST

San Diego Gulls @ Henderson Silver Knights, 6:00 p.m. PST

Tucson Roadrunners @ Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. MST

Sat, Feb. 27

Providence Bruins @ Hartford Wolf Pack, 1:00 p.m. EST

Manitoba Moose @ Laval Rocket, 4:00 p.m. EST

Binghamton Devils @ Hershey Bears, 4:00 p.m. EST

San Diego Gulls @ Henderson Silver Knights, 2:00 p.m. PST

Rockford IceHogs @ Cleveland Monsters, 7:00 p.m. EST

Utica Comets @ Syracuse Crunch, 7:00 p.m. EST

Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. EST

Ontario Reign @ San Jose Barracuda, 5:00 p.m. PST

Iowa Wild @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CST

Tucson Roadrunners @ Colorado Eagles, 7:05 p.m. MST

Sun, Feb. 28

Rockford IceHogs @ Cleveland Monsters, 1:00 p.m. EST

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Chicago Wolves, 3:00 p.m. CST

Ontario Reign @ San Jose Barracuda, 5:00 p.m. PST

Second wave for echl; FIrst full week wraps up for AHL


The second slated section of play kicked off this week with the Fort Wayne Komets being the only team to take advantage of a late start. Fort Wayne began their campaign with losses in back to back road contests against the Wheeling Nailers at Wesbanco Arena. The Komets are 0-0-1-1 after their opening weekend and will skate on home ice for the first time on Friday, Feb. 19, the first of three back-to-back contests against Nail City. 

Valentine’s Day came early for the fans of three teams who shut out their opponents on Saturday. Allen Americans goalie Jake Paterson notched his second shutout of the season, stopping 16 shots in a 3-0 victory over the Kansas City Mavericks at Cable Dahmer Arena. Les Lancaster scored twice for Allen with one of the goals being a successful penalty shot attempt midway through the third period. 

The Orlando Solar Bears rebounded from a 2-8 loss earlier in the week to shut down the Greenville Swamp Rabbits 5-0. Rookie goalie Michael Lackey made 19 saves in his first pro shutout and forward Tristin Langan assisted with three of the five goals. 

In Greenville’s victory over Orlando on Thursday Matt Bradley collected his first hat trick and tied his career-best game total of four points (3g, 1a). He previously tallied four points with a four-assist effort for the Newfoundland Growlers in a Dec. 6, 2019 matchup against the Worcester Railers.

Rapid City, who sits in last place in the league, blanked the Tulsa Oilers 2-0. Goalie Adam Carlson walled up the cage stopping 32 shots in his eighth career shutout. 

Late gamers

The Wheeling Nailers saw a shootout for the first time in 76 regular season games on Friday, taking down the Fort Wayne Komets 3-2. Austin Fyten put the nail in the coffin, scoring the only goal of the three-round skills contest. He also tallied the first goal of the game under a minute into the second period.

Four of the five Nailers’ victories have come outside of regulation, with one shootout and three overtime wins. They are one of two teams, alongside the Florida Everblades, to have an even 0.500 win percentage outside of regulation.

Last time Wheeling saw a shootout was the second to last game of the 2018-19 season where they fell to the Indy Fuel 5-4 at home. The Fuel revisited Wesbanco Arena on Sunday and sped past the Nailers 6-1. 

Weekly Results

Tues, Feb. 9

Utah Grizzlies @ Allen Americans: 1-2, F/SO

Wed, Feb. 10

Florida Everblades @ South Carolina Stingrays: 4-2, F

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel: 1-2, F/OT

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush: 5-3, F

Thurs, Feb. 11

Orlando Solar Bears @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 2-8, F

Fri, Feb. 12

Florida Everblades @ South Carolina Stingrays: 5-2, F

Fort Wayne Komets @ Wheeling Nailers: 2-3, F/SO

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush: 5-1, F

Wichita Thunder @ Utah Grizzlies: 3-2, F/SO

Sat, Feb. 13

 Florida Everblades @ South Carolina Stingrays: 5-1, F

Orlando Solar Bears @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 5-0, F

Fort Wayne Komets @ Wheeling Nailers: 3-4, F/OT

Allen Americans @ Kansas City Mavericks: 3-0, F

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush: 0-2, F

Wichita Thunder @ Utah Grizzlies: 4-2, F

Sun, Feb. 14

Jacksonville Icemen @ South Carolina Stingrays: 5-3, F

Orlando Solar Bears @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 4-1, F

Wichita Thunder @ Utah Grizzlies: 1-6, F

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers: 6-1, F

Allen Americans @ Kansas City Mavericks: 2-4, F

League Leaders

Goals: M. Huntebrinker, Florida Everblades (12)

Assists: S. Jardine, Greenville Swamp Rabbits / M. Register, Allen Americans (16)

Points: B. Reid, Kansas City Mavericks (26)

PIM: M. McKee, Tulsa Oilers (71)

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (25)

Team Standings (points, percentage, record)

  1. Indy Fuel (31pts, 0.816, 15-3-1-0)
  2. Florida Everblades (33pts, 0.750, 16-5-0-1)
  3. Wichita Thunder (27pts, 0.711, 13-5-1-0)
  4. Allen Americans (31pts, 0.705, 15-6-1-0)
  5. Utah Grizzlies (27pts, 0.614, 10-5-3-4) 
  6. Orlando Solar Bears (23pts, 0.575, 11-8-1-0)
  7. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (25pts, 0.568, 9-6-5-2)
  8. South Carolina Stingrays (22pts, 0.524, 9-8-4-0)
  9. Fort Wayne Komets (2pts, 0.500, 0-0-1-1)
  10. Tulsa Oilers (23pts, 0.479, 10-11-2-1)
  11. Kansas City Mavericks (19pts, 0.452, 8-10-2-1)
  12. Jacksonville Icemen (16pts, 0.444, 7-9-1-1)
  13. Wheeling Nailers (14pts, 0.389, 5-9-4-0)
  14. Rapid City Rush (18pts, 0.375, 9-15-0-0)

Upcoming Games

Mon, Feb. 15

*all times are Eastern

Allen Americans @ Kansas City Mavericks, 2:05 p.m.

Wed, Feb. 17

Fort Wayne Komets @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m.

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m.

Fri, Feb. 19

South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m.

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m.

Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets, 8:00 p.m.

Kansas City Mavericks @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m.

Wichita Thunder @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m.

Sat, Feb. 20

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m.

South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m.

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets, 7:30 p.m.

Kansas City Mavericks @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m.

Wichita Thunder @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m.

Sun, Feb. 21

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Indy Fuel, 3:05 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies, 3:10 p.m.

Wheeling Nailers @ Fort Wayne Komets, 5:00 p.m.

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m.

FIrst full week wraps up for AHL

Six teams remain undefeated at the end of the first full week of the 2020-21 season. All three games played on Valentine’s day went past regulation with both the Tucson Roadrunners and San Diego Gulls preserving their perfect records. Michael Bunting scored a goal thirty two seconds into overtime to give the Roadrunners the edge over the Ontario Reign, tying him for the league-lead in points (7). 

The Henderson Silver Knights, who also have yet to see a loss, currently carry a +12 goal differential, the largest goals-for gap in the league. The Silver Knights shut out the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday, one of only two shutouts in the league this week. The Texas Stars, who have scored the most goals this season, have the smallest positive goal differential at +1. 

Two of the three remaining teams that have not skated this season – Toronto Marlies and Manitoba Moose – will play each other Monday, Feb. 15. The Stockton Heat will play their first game on Feb. 21. 

A rocket-ing comeback 

Joel Teasdale scored his first pro goal and collected a total of two points in his pro debut for the Laval Rocket on Friday, Feb. 12. He had missed the entire 2019-20 season due to a knee injury. Watch Teasdale’s first goal here

The 5-1 victory for Laval over the Belleville Senators was the team’s first game of the 2020-21 season and home opener. They went on to sweep the Senators, winning with the same 5-1 score on Saturday. 

Weekly Results 

Tues, Feb. 9 

Rockford IceHogs @ Chicago Wolves: 2-5, F 

Wed, Feb. 10 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Binghamton Devils: 1-2, F/OT 

Syracuse Crunch @ Rochester Americans: 3-4, F/OT 

Ontario Reign @ San Diego Gulls: 1-2, F 

Thurs, Feb. 11 

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Providence Bruins: 4-0, F 

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Chicago Wolves: 2-4, F 

Hershey Bears @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: 3-2, F 

Fri, Feb. 12 

Rochester Americans @ Cleveland Monsters: 7-3, F 

Belleville Senators @ Laval Rocket: 1-5, F 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Bakersfield Condors: 3-1, F 

San Jose Barracuda @ Texas Stars: 5-2, F 

Tucson Roadrunners @ Ontario Reign: 5-4, F 

Sat, Feb. 13 

Providence Bruins @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers: 5-3, F 

Belleville Senators @ Laval Rocket: 1-5, F 

Utica Comets @ Binghamton Devils: 6-5, F/SO

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Cleveland Monsters: 3-1, F 

Rockford IceHogs @ Iowa Wild: 2-3, F/OT 

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Syracuse Crunch: 5-4, F San Jose Barracuda @ Texas Stars: 3-5, F 

Colorado Eagles @ San Diego Gulls: 2-3, F 

Henderson Silver Knights @ Bakersfield Condors: 3-0, F 

Sun, Feb. 14 

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Hershey Bears: 5-4, F/OT Tucson Roadrunners @ Ontario Reign: 4-3, F/OT 

Colorado Eagles @ San Diego Gulls: 2-3, F/OT 

League Leaders 

Goals: Four-way tie between four teams (4) 

Assists: T. Zegras, San Diego Gulls (5) 

Points: T. Zegras, San Diego Gulls / M. Bunting, Tucson Roadrunners (7) PIM: B. Imana, Ontario Reign (22) 

+/-: D. O’Regan, Henderson Silver Knights (7) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Henderson Silver Knights (8pts, 1.000, 4-0-0-0) 
  2. Chicago Wolves (8pts, 1.000, 4-0-0-0) 
  3. Laval Rocket (4pts, 1.000, 2-0-0-0) 
  4. San Diego Gulls (10pts, 1.000, 5-0-0-0) 
  5. Hartford Wolf Pack (4pts, 1.000, 2-0-0-0) 
  6. Tucson Roadrunners (8pts, 1.000, 4-0-0-0) 
  7. Binghamton Devils (5pts, 0.833, 2-0-0-1) 
  8. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (5pts, 0.833, 2-0-1-0) 
  9. Rochester Americans (4pts, 0.667, 2-1-0-0) 
  10. Providence Bruins (4pts, 0.667, 2-1-0-0) 
  11. Hershey Bears (4pt, 0.667, 1-0-2-0) 
  12. Utica Comets (4pts, 0.667, 2-1-0-0) 
  13. Iowa Wild (5pts, 0.625, 2-1-1-0) 
  14. Texas Stars (6pts, 0.600, 3-2-0-0) 
  15. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (3pt, 0.500, 1-1-1-0) 16. Syracuse Crunch (3pts, 0.500, 1-1-1-0) 
  16. San Jose Barracuda (3pt, 0.375, 1-2-1-0) 
  17. Grand Rapids Griffins (2pts, 0.333, 1-2-0-0) 
  18. Colorado Eagles (1pt, 0.250, 0-1-1-0) 
  19. Rockford IceHogs (1pt, 0.167, 0-2-1-0) 
  20. Ontario Reign (1pts, 0.100, 0-4-1-0) 
  21. Cleveland Monsters (0pts, 0.000, 0-2-0-0) 
  22. Belleville Senators (0pts, 0.000, 0-2-0-0) 
  23. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (0pts, 0.000, 0-3-0-0) 
  24. Bakersfield Condors (0pts, 0.000, 0-4-0-0) 
  25. Manitoba Moose (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0) 
  26. Toronto Marlies (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0) 
  27. Stockton Heat (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0)

Upcoming Games 

Mon, Feb. 15 

Toronto Marlies @ Manitoba Moose, 6:00 p.m. CST 

Tues, Feb. 16 

Chicago Wolves @ Rockford IceHogs, 6:00 p.m. CST Belleville Senators @ Laval Rocket, 7:00 p.m. EST Toronto Marlies @ Manitoba Moose, 7:00 p.m. CST San Jose Barracuda @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CST 

Wed, Feb. 17 

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 1:00 p.m. EST Hershey Bears @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EST Syracuse Crunch @ Utica Comets, 7:00 p.m. EST 

Colorado Eagles @ Ontario Reign, 6:00 p.m. PST Bakersfield Condors @ San Diego Gulls, 7:00 p.m. PST 

Thurs, Feb. 18 

Toronto Marlies @ Manitoba Moose, 6:00 p.m. CST Grand Rapids Griffins @ Rockford IceHogs, 6:00 p.m. CST Utica Comets @ Rochester Americans, 7:05 p.m. EST San Jose Barracuda @ Tucson Roadrunners, 6:30 p.m. MST 

Fri, Feb. 19 

Providence Bruins @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 1:00 p.m. EST Toronto Marlies @ Manitoba Moose, 4:00 p.m. CST Belleville Senators @ Laval Rocket, 7:00 p.m. EST Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EST San Diego Gulls @ Bakersfield Condors, 6:00 p.m. PST Colorado Eagles @ Ontario Reign, 6:00 p.m. PST 

Sat, Feb. 20 

Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins @ Hershey Bears, 1:00 p.m. EST Cleveland Monsters @ Grand Rapids Griffins, 4:00 p.m. EST San Jose Barracuda @ Tucson Roadrunners, 2:00 p.m. MST Rochester Americans @ Syracuse Crunch, 7:00 p.m. EST Binghamton Devils @ Lehigh Valley Phantoms, 7:05 p.m. EST Iowa Wild @ Chicago Wolves, 7:00 p.m. CST 

Colorado Eagles @ San Diego Gulls, 7:30 p.m. PST Henderson Silver Knights @ Bakersfield Condors, 8:00 p.m. PST 

Sun, Feb. 21 

Providence Bruins @ Hartford Wolf Pack, 1:00 p.m. EST Toronto Marlies @ Stockton Heat, 2:00 p.m. MST Iowa Wild @ Chicago Wolves, 3:00 p.m. CST 

San Jose Barracuda @ Tucson Roadrunners, 2:00 p.m. MST

Henderson Silver Knights @ Ontario Reign, 5:00 p.m. PST



AHL boots up season despite covid complications

The AHL opened their 2020-21 shortened season on Friday, with 28 teams gearing up to play. Four teams – the Henderson Silver Knights, San Diego Gulls, Tucson Roadrunners and Chicago Wolves –  had clean sweeps, walking away from the weekend 2-0. 

 

San Diego Gulls rookie Trevor Zegras took the league lead in points, scoring in both games played (2g, 3a). His goal against the Bakersfield Condors on Saturday at FivePoint Arena gave the Gulls a 4-3 edge. 



Silver Knights open strong

The Henderson Silver Knights opened their inaugural season with a 5-2 victory over the Ontario Reign on Saturday at Orleans Arena. Danny O’Regan tallied two goals and collected a total of three points in the home opener. Logan Thompson made 29 saves (2 GA). In 2019-20 Thompson protected the net for the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays with a record of 23-8-1. 

 

The team went on to claim a second win on Monday, sweeping the Ontario Reign and scoring a total of 11 goals over the weekend. The dual victories tied them for first place in the league. Henderson is tied with the Texas Stars for most goals scored (11).

 

The inaugural season opener was a reflection of the team’s NHL partner, the Vegas Golden Knights, first game in 2017 where they also claimed victory. The Knights went on the enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs their inaugural year. 



COVID impacts opening weekend

Four games, including two the first night of the season, were postponed over the opening weekend due to league COVID policy. The league replaced game opponents where possible, leading to the Rockford IceHogs playing the Chicago Wolves rather than the Cleveland Monsters on Saturday. Both Friday and Saturday’s matchups between the IceHogs and Monsters were rescheduled. 

 

Both matchups between the Hershey Bears and Binghamton Devils were postponed. The Lehigh Valley Phantoms replaced the Devils on Saturday night, allowing the Bears to host their home opener on schedule. All changes are reflected in the opening weekend results. 

 

The Charlotte Checkers, Milwaukee Admirals, and Springfield Thunderbirds chose to opt out of the 2020-21 season and will return in 2021-22. Four other teams will not play in their typical home arenas. Binghamton Devils will head to Newark, New Jersey; San Diego Gulls to Irvine, California; Ontario Reign to El Segundo, California; and the Providence Bruins to Marlborough, Massachusetts. 



Opening Weekend Results

 

Fri, Feb. 5

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Providence Bruins: 1-4, F

Hershey Bears @ Binghamton Devils: Postponed

Cleveland Monsters @ Rockford IceHogs: Postponed

Utica Comets @ Rochester Americans: 3-2, F

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Chicago Wolves: 1-3, F

Texas Stars @ Iowa Wild: 8-4, F

Bakersfield Condors @ San Diego Gulls: 1-4, F

 

Sat, Feb. 6

Cleveland Monsters @ Rockford IceHogs: Postponed

Chicago Wolves @ Rockford IceHogs: 5-4, F

Hershey Bears @ Binghamton Devils: Postponed

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Hershey Bears: 2-1, F/OT

Texas Stars @ Iowa Wild: 1-4, F

Utica Comets @ Syracuse Crunch: 1-6, F

Bakersfield Condors @ San Diego Gulls: 3-4, F

Ontario Reign @ Henderson Silver Knights: 2-5, F

 

Sun, Feb. 7

Bridgeport Sound Tigers @ Hartford Wolf Pack: 2-5, F

Tucson Roadrunners @ San Jose Barracuda: 2-1, F/OT

 

Mon, Feb. 8

Binghamton Devils @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins: 4-3, F/OT

Ontario Reign @ Henderson Silver Knights: 2-6, F

Texas Stars @ Iowa Wild: 3-2, F/OT

Tucson Roadrunners @ San Jose Barracuda: 5-3, F



League Leaders

Goals: Gabriel Dumont, Iowa Wild (3)

Assists: Six-way tie between five teams (3)

Points: Trevor Zegras, San Diego Gulls (5)

PIM: Tyrell Goulbourne, Henderson Silver Knights / Bokondji Imana, Ontario Reign (15)

+/-: Six-way tie between three teams (5)

 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record)

  1. Henderson Silver Knights (4pts, 1.000, 2-0-0-0)
  2. San Diego Gulls (4pts, 1.000, 2-0-0-0)
  3. Chicago Wolves (4pts, 1.000, 2-0-0-0)
  4. Tucson Roadrunners (4pts, 1.000, 2-0-0-0)
  5. Texas Stars (4pts, 0.667, 2-1-0-0)
  6. Iowa Wild (3pts, 0.500, 1-1-1-0)
  7. Syracuse Crunch (2pts, 1.000, 1-0-0-0)
  8. Hartford Wolf Pack (2pts, 1.000, 1-0-0-0)
  9. Providence Bruins (2pts, 1.000, 1-0-0-0)
  10. Binghamton Devils (2pts, 1.000, 1-0-0-0)
  11. Lehigh Valley Phantoms (2pts, 1.000, 1-0-0-0)
  12. Utica Comets (2pts, 0.500, 1-1-0-0)
  13. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (1pt, 0.500, 0-0-1-0)
  14. Hershey Bears (1pt, 0.500, 0-0-1-0)
  15. San Jose Barracuda (1pt, 0.250, 0-1-1-0)
  16. Ontario Reign (0pts, 0.000, 0-2-0-0)
  17. Bakersfield Condors (0pts, 0.000, 0-2-0-0)
  18. Rockford IceHogs (0pts, 0.000, 0-1-0-0)
  19. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (0pts, 0.000, 0-2-0-0)
  20. Rochester Americans (0pts, 0.000, 0-1-0-0)
  21. Grand Rapids Griffins (0pts, 0.000, 0-1-0-0)
  22. Belleville Senators (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0)
  23. Colorado Eagles (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0)
  24. Cleveland Monsters (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0)
  25. Manitoba Moose (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0)
  26. Toronto Marlies (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0)
  27. Stockton Heat (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0)
  28. Laval Rocket (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0)

 

Upcoming Games

 

Tues, Feb. 9

Rockford IceHogs @ Chicago Wolves, 2:00 p.m. CST

 

Wed, Feb. 10

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Binghamton Devils, 7:00 p.m. EST

Syracuse Crunch @ Rochester Americans, 7:05 p.m. EST

Ontario Reign @ San Diego Gulls, 7:00 p.m. PST

 

Thurs, Feb. 11

Hartford Wolf Pack @ Providence Bruins, 1:00 p.m. EST

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Chicago Wolves, 2:00 p.m. CST

Hershey Bears @ Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 5:00 p.m. EST

 

Fri, Feb. 12

Rochester Americans @ Cleveland Monsters, 7:00 p.m. EST

Henderson Silver Knights @ Bakersfield Condors, 5:00 p.m. PST

San Jose Barracuda @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CST

Tucson Roadrunners @ Ontario Reign, 6:00 p.m. PST

 

Sat, Feb. 13

Providence Bruins @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers, 1:00 p.m. EST

Utica Comets @ Binghamton Devils, 4:00 p.m. EST

Grand Rapids Griffins @ Cleveland Monsters, 4:00 p.m. EST

Rockford IceHogs @ Iowa Wild, 6:00 p.m. CST

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins @ Syracuse Crunch, 7:00 p.m. EST

San Jose Barracuda @ Texas Stars, 7:00 p.m. CST

Colorado Eagles @ San Diego Gulls, 7:00 p.m. PST

Henderson Silver Knights @ Bakersfield Condors, 8:00 p.m. PST

 

Sun, Feb. 14

Lehigh Valley Phantoms @ Hershey Bears, 1:00 p.m. EST

Tucson Roadrunners @ Ontario Reign, 1:00 p.m. PST

Colorado Eagles @ San Diego Gulls, 4:00 p.m. PST

ECHL moves into February, Playoff format announced

The Allen Americans and Wichita Thunder each made runs at the top spot but the Indy Fuel held on to number one as the league opened up another month of play. The Fuel lost for the first time in regulation at home this season on Friday, falling 2-0 to the Rapid City Rush at Indiana Farmers Coliseum. 

 

The shutout was Rush goalie David Tendeck’s second in eight days. He is the second ECHL goalie to hit two shutouts this season, tying him with Cam Johnson. Johnson has signed a two-way NHL/AHL contract for the 2020-21 season with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

 

A two-goal lead also brought the Tulsa Oilers’ nine-game losing streak to a halt  as they took down the Wheeling Nailers 4-2 at Wesbanco Arena on Friday. Adam Pleskach, who leads Tulsa in points (15) and assists (11), collected three points in the matchup. 

 

Strong starts

 

This season teams that score first tend to roll on to victory over 75% of the time. The Orlando Solar Bears are the only team to go undefeated when opening scoring (6-0-0) and three other teams have not fallen in regulation. 

 

The Wheeling Nailers are the only squad not able to clinch a win after scoring first, only tallying a single point (0-3-1-0). All other teams have collected at least ten points. 



Kelly Cup Playoffs layout released

 

The ECHL released the format and timeline for the 2021 Kelly Cup Playoffs on Thursday. The regular season is scheduled to end on Saturday, June 5 with playoffs kicking off on Monday, June 7. The Kelly Cup Champion will be decided no later than Saturday, July 3. 

 

The top four teams in each conference, determined by points percentage, will enter the postseason. All three rounds of the playoffs will be a best of five series with the higher-seeded team choosing between playing the first two or final three games at home. 

 

This is the first time in league history that the championship finals will not be a best of seven series. The last time the ECHL used a best-of-five series format was the first round of the 2012 Kelly Cup Playoffs. 

 

In both Conference semifinals the first-place team will face off against the fourth-place team and second-place will match up against third. The winners will advance to Conference finals and the champion will enter the Kelly Cup Finals.

 

Currently the Allen Americans lead the Western Conference and the Indy Fuel lead the East. 



Everybody’s in

 

COVID and players being bubbled up and down from the AHL has caused a record number of players to be used this season. As of the end of January 428 players have been used across fourteen teams and 168 games played. During the 2019-20 season a total of 546 players were used across 1,594 total games. 

 

For example, the Tulsa Oilers played 16 games by the end of January and used 34 players. The team used the same number in their 63 matchups last season.



Weekly Results

Tues, Feb. 2

*all times are Eastern

Rapid City Rush @ Kansas City Mavericks: 4-3, F/OT

 

Wed, Feb. 3

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays: 0-2, F

Wichita Thunder @ Allen Americans: 3-4, F

 

Thurs, Feb. 4

South Carolina Stingrays @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 3-4, F/OT

Tulsa Oilers @ Wheeling Nailers: 4-2, F

 

Fri, Feb. 5

Jacksonville Icemen @ South Carolina Stingrays: 4-1, F

Rapid City Rush @ Indy Fuel: 2-0, F

Tulsa Oilers @ Wheeling Nailers: 3-2, F

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades: 3-2, F/SO

Wichita Thunder @ Allen Americans: 4-3, F/OT

Utah Grizzlies @ Kansas City Mavericks: 4-2, F

 

Sat, Feb. 6

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades: 1-4, F

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Jacksonville Icemen: 1-0, F

Rapid City Rush @ Indy Fuel: 3-6, F

Utah Grizzlies @ Kansas City Mavericks: 3-2, F

Allen Americans @ Wichita Thunder: 2-5, F



League Leaders

Goals: N. Pierog, Indy Fuel (11)

Assists: S. Jardine, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (16)

Points: B. Reid, Kansas City Mavericks (24)

PIM: I. McKinnon, Jacksonville Icemen (62)

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (20)

 






Team Standings (points, percentage, record)

  1. Indy Fuel (27pts, 0.794, 13-3-1-0)
  2. Wichita Thunder (23pts, 0.719, 11-4-1-0)
  3. Florida Everblades (27pts, 0.711, 13-5-0-1)
  4. Allen Americans (27pts, 0.711, 13-5-1-0)
  5. South Carolina Stingrays (22pts, 0.647, 9-4-4-0)
  6. Utah Grizzlies (23pts, 0.639, 9-4-3-2) 
  7. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (23pts, 0.605, 8-4-5-2)
  8. Orlando Solar Bears (19pts, 0.559, 9-7-1-0)
  9. Tulsa Oilers (19pts, 0.452, 8-10-2-1)
  10. Kansas City Mavericks (17pts, 0.447, 7-9-2-1)
  11. Jacksonville Icemen (14pts, 0.412, 6-9-1-1)
  12. Rapid City Rush (16pts, 0.381, 8-13-0-0)
  13. Wheeling Nailers (9pts, 0.321, 3-8-3-0)
  14. Fort Wayne Komets (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0)



Upcoming Games

 

Tues, Feb. 9

*all times are Eastern

Utah Grizzlies @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m.

 

Wed, Feb. 10

Florida Everblades @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m.

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m.

 

Thurs, Feb. 11

Orlando Solar Bears @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

 

Fri, Feb. 12

Florida Everblades @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m.

Fort Wayne Komets @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m.

Wichita Thunder @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:05 p.m.

 

Sat, Feb. 13

 Florida Everblades @ South Carolina Stingrays, 6:05 p.m.

Orlando Solar Bears @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

Fort Wayne Komets @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m.

Wichita Thunder @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m.

 

Sun, Feb. 14

Jacksonville Icemen @ South Carolina Stingrays, 3:05 p.m.

Orlando Solar Bears @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 3:05 p.m.

Wichita Thunder @ Utah Grizzlies, 3:10 p.m.

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers, 4:10 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Kansas City Mavericks, 5:05 p.m.



Shutouts, Shootouts & Savannah hockey

Three teams hit twelve wins this week, including league-topping Indy Fuel which tallied points in both games played (1-0-1). The Allen Americans and Florida Everblades also passed ten, each only dropping one contest. The sole Americans’ loss to the Utah Grizzlies snapped a six-game win streak.

Wheeling Nailers forward Patrick Watling assisted on all four goals in the Nailers’ 4-3 overtime win at the Indy Fuel on Sunday. The four-point effort ties Watling for the most assists in a single game this season. The comeback victory tarnished the Fuel’s perfect home record (5-0-1-0). 

The Rapid City Rush’s David Tendeck and Kansas City Mavericks’ Matt Greenfield both recorded their first pro shutouts on the road on Friday. Tendeck made 27 saves in the 3-0 victory over the Wichita Thunder at INTRUST Bank Arena, handing the Rush their first road win of the season. Greenfield made 36 saves in a 1-0 edge over the Tulsa Oilers.

The Oilers dropped a second game to the Mavericks in overtime on Saturday, extending their losing streak to nine games. Kansas City went 3-0-0 this week, nearly matching their season four-win total. 

ECHL heads to Savannah

The league approved another expansion team, taking minor league hockey to Savannah, GA in 2022. The team is owned by Andy Kauffman, principal owner of the Jacksonville Icemen and will play in the soon-to-be-finished Savannah Arena. The arena will hold 7,300 fans. 

Head Count

All currently playing ECHL teams are allowing fans to attend games while following local COVID-19 policies. The average attendance of the 101 games played this season is 2,262 – just over half of the average attendance for 2019-20 games (4,327). 

The Florida Everblades average the most fans per game at 3,277, a stark contrast to the Wheeling Nailers who see an average of 937, the lowest average attendance in the league. In total, 228,467 tickets have been sold for ECHL games this season. 

Weekly Results

Wed. Jan. 27

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades: 0-3, F

Thurs. Jan. 28

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers: 3-2, F

Fri Jan. 29

Orlando Solar Bears @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 4-3, F/OT

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades: 5-1, F

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers: 1-0, F

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder: 3-0, F

Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies: 5-2, F

Sat. Jan. 30

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades: 1-4, F

Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 3-2, F/OT

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers: 5-4, F

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks: 1-2, F/OT

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder: 1-4, F

Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies: 3-2, F/SO

Sun. Jan. 31

South Carolina Stingrays @ Orlando Solar Bears: 1-4, F

Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 0-2, F

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel: 4-3, F/OT

Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies: 3-4, F

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder: 2-5, F

League Leaders

Goals: M. Huntebrinker, Florida Everblades / N. Pierog, Indy Fuel (9)

Assists: S. Jardine, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (15)

Points: M. Huntebrinker, Florida Everblades / B. Reid, Kansas City Mavericks (18)

PIM: K. Neuber, Florida Everblades (61)

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (19)

Team Standings (points, percentage, record)

  1. Indy Fuel (25pts, 0.833, 12-2-1-0)
  2. Allen Americans (24pts, 0.750, 12-4-0-0)
  3. Wichita Thunder (19pts, 0.731, 9-3-1-0)
  4. Florida Everblades (24pts, 0.706, 12-5-0-0)
  5. South Carolina Stingrays (19pts, 0.679, 8-3-3-0)
  6. Utah Grizzlies (19pts, 0.594, 7-4-3-2) 
  7. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (19pts, 0.594, 6-3-5-2)
  8. Orlando Solar Bears (17pts, 0.567, 8-6-1-0)
  9. Kansas City Mavericks (16pts, 0.500, 7-7-1-1)
  10. Jacksonville Icemen (12pts, 0.400, 5-8-1-1)
  11. Tulsa Oilers (15pts, 0.395, 6-10-2-1)
  12. Wheeling Nailers (9pts, 0.375, 3-6-3-0)
  13. Rapid City Rush (12pts, 0.333, 6-12-0-0)
  14. Fort Wayne Komets (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0)

Upcoming Games

Tues. Feb. 2

*all times are Eastern

Rapid City Rush @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

Wed. Feb. 3

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m.

Wichita Thunder @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m.

Thurs. Feb. 4

South Carolina Stingrays @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m.

Fri. Feb. 5

Jacksonville Icemen @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m.

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m.

Wichita Thunder @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m.

Utah Grizzlies @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

Sat. Feb. 6

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades, 7:00 p.m.

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Utah Grizzlies @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m.

Covid strikes hard in seventh week

Ten games were cancelled this week due to COVID, completely eliminating six teams from play. This kept the league standings nearly immobile as only the Kansas City Mavericks and Jacksonville Icemen swapping spots. 

The Indy Fuel had their six-game win streak snapped by the Wichita Thunder on Sunday but remain at the top of the league with a 0.846 winning percentage. The 2-1 loss at INTRUST Bank Arena was the first time the Fuel lost when being outshot by their opponent (5-1-0-0). Twelve of the thirteen Indy games have been decided by one goal, with the team holding a 10-2-0 record.

During Saturday’s matchup at the BOK center, Indy’s David Broll was unsuccessful on a penalty shot attempt against Tulsa Oilers goalie Roman Durny. This was the fourth penalty shot taken this season and all four attempts have failed.

The Allen Americans went 2-0-0 on their weekend road trip, taking down the Kansas City Mavericks and Tulsa Oilers. Allen goalie Justin Kapelmaster made 36 saves in his pro debut on Saturday at Cable Dahmer Arena. Connor Bleackley tallied both goals for the Americans in the 2-1 victory. 

Weekly Results

Mon. Jan. 18

Kansas City Mavericks @ Utah Grizzlies: 5-2, F

Wed. Jan. 20

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Orlando Solar Bears

Indy Fuel @ Tulsa Oilers: 3-2, F

Thurs. Jan. 21

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder

Fri. Jan. 22

Florida Everblades @ Jacksonville Icemen:

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Orlando Solar Bears:

South Carolina Stingrays @ Wheeling Nailers:

Indy Fuel @ Tulsa Oilers: 2-1, F/OT

Utah Grizzlies @ Rapid City Rush: 3-2, F

Sat. Jan. 23

Florida Everblades @ Jacksonville Icemen

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Orlando Solar Bears

South Carolina Stingrays @ Wheeling Nailers

Allen Americans @ Kansas City Mavericks: 2-1, F

Indy Fuel @ Tulsa Oilers: 4-2, F

Utah Grizzlies @ Rapid City Rush: 4-5, F/OT

Sun. Jan. 24

Florida Everblades @ Jacksonville Icemen:

South Carolina Stingrays @ Wheeling Nailers:

Allen Americans @ Tulsa Oilers: 5-0, F

Indy Fuel @ Wichita Thunder: 1-2, F

League Leaders

Goals: Seven way tie between five teams

Assists: S. Jardine, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (12)

Points: M. Huntebrinker / B. Winiecki, Florida Everblades (15)

PIM: I. McKinnon, Jacksonville Icemen (57)

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (17)

Team Standings (points, percentage, record)

  1. Indy Fuel (22pts, 0.846, 11-2-0-0)
  2. South Carolina Stingrays (17pts, 0.773, 7-1-3-0)
  3. Allen Americans (20pts, 0.769, 10-3-0-0)
  4. Wichita Thunder (15pts, 0.750, 7-2-1-0)
  5. Florida Everblades (20pts, 0.714, 10-4-0-0)
  6. Utah Grizzlies (16pts, 0.615, 6-3-3-1) 
  7. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (15pts, 0.577, 5-3-3-2)
  8. Orlando Solar Bears (13pts, 0.542, 6-5-1-0)
  9. Tulsa Oilers (14pts, 0.438, 6-8-1-1)
  10. Kansas City Mavericks (10pts, 0.385, 4-7-1-1)
  11. Jacksonville Icemen (10pts, 0.385, 4-7-1-1)
  12. Wheeling Nailers (7pts, 0.350, 2-5-3-0)
  13. Rapid City Rush (10pts, 0.333, 5-10-0-0)
  14. Fort Wayne Komets (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0)

Upcoming Games

Wed. Jan. 27

*all times are Eastern

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 28

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m.

Fri Jan. 29

Orlando Solar Bears @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m.

Kansas City Mavericks @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m.

Sat. Jan. 30

South Carolina Stingrays @ Florida Everblades, 7:00 p.m.

Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 31

South Carolina Stingrays @ Orlando Solar Bears, 3:00 p.m.

Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 3:05 p.m.

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel, 3:05 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Utah Grizzlies, 3:10 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Wichita Thunder, 5:05 p.m.

Season Schedule released, seasons expansion approved

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits extended their point streak to nine games (4-0-3-2), the ECHL approved two expansions, and the league finalized the schedule for the second wave of play this week. 

Greenville finished the week 2-0-0-1, facing off with the South Carolina Stingrays twice before taking down the Jacksonville Icemen on Sunday. Five of the six games against the Stingrays have gone past regulation, including both matchups this week. 

Kansas City took a 5-4 overtime victory against the Utah Grizzlies on Saturday, with Joel Rumpel making 26 saves in his debut for the Mavericks and handing the Grizzlies their first home loss of the season. The team tied the season record for power play goals scored in a game, with three of their four goals scored with an extra skater. 

The Florida Everblades and Orlando Solar Bears followed suit, each setting or tying a season record in their Saturday night matchup at the Amway Center. Orlando goalie Michael Lackey set the bar for saves made in the first period (20), only allowing one goal. Florida tied the record for goals in the second frame, notching three in the 6-3 victory. 

ECHL in the NHL 

The NHL kicked off a shortened season on Jan. 13 with 56 ECHL players on opening-day rosters. This is the 20th season in a row with more than 50 former ECHL players on NHL rosters on opening day. 

Notably, goalie Vitek Vanecek saw his first NHL victory in his debut with the Washington Capitals on Jan. 15 against the Buffalo Sabres. Vanecek made 30 saves in the 2-1 win and holds a .968 save percentage. He made his ECHL pro debut in 2015-16 for the South Carolina Stingrays. Vanecek collected 4 shutouts and had a 18-7-6 record. 

Next section of schedule released 

The ECHL released the schedule through April 4 alongside the Conference alignment on Friday. The schedule for the remainder of the season and the Kelly Cup Playoffs will be released at a later date. Access the ECHL season calendar for Feb. 12 through Apr. 4 here

The approved conference alignment is as follows: 

Eastern Conference – Florida Everblades, Greenville Swamp Rabbits, Indy Fuel, Jacksonville Icemen, Orlando Solar Bears, South Carolina Stingrays and Wheeling Nailers 

Western Conference – Allen Americans, Fort Wayne Komets, Kansas City Mavericks, Rapid City Rush, Tulsa Oilers, Utah Grizzlies and Wichita Thunder 

League Adds Two

The League’s Board of Governors approved two expansion teams for the 2021-22 season that will be located in Coralville, Iowa and Trois-Rivières, Quebec. 

Both expansion teams are owned by Dean MacDonald through Deacon Sports Entertainment, which owns the Newfoundland Growlers. 

Trois-Rivières will play out of Le Nouveau Colisée, a newly built arena that can hold 4,390 fans. Coralville found it’s home in Xtreme Arena which was completed in 2020 and can seat 5,100. 

Weekly Results 

Wed. Jan. 13 

*all times are Eastern 

Jacksonville Icemen @ Florida Everblades: 4-1, F 

Fri. Jan. 15 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen: 4-3, F/SO 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays: 5-4, F/OT 

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush: 4-1, F 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Utah Grizzlies: 1-4, F 

Sat. Jan. 16 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays: 3-4, F/SO 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 6-3, F 

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush: 1-3, F 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Utah Grizzlies: 5-4, F/OT 

Sun. Jan. 17 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 4-3, F/OT 

Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 1-4, F 

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush: 2-3, F 

League Leaders 

Goals: 5 way tie between three teams (7) 

Assists: S. Jardine, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (12) 

Points: M. Huntebrinker / B. Winiecki, Florida Everblades (15) 

PIM: I. McKinnon, Jacksonville Icemen (57) 

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (17) 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Indy Fuel (16pts, 0.889, 8-1-0-0) 
  2. South Carolina Stingrays (17pts, 0.773, 7-1-3-0) 
  3. Allen Americans (16pts, 0.727, 8-3-0-0) 
  4. Wichita Thunder (13pts, 0.722, 6-2-1-0) 
  5. Florida Everblades (20pts, 0.714, 10-4-0-0) 
  6. Utah Grizzlies (13pts, 0.650, 5-2-2-1) 
  7. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (15pts, 0.577, 5-3-3-2)
  8. Orlando Solar Bears (13pts, 0.542, 6-5-1-0) 9. Tulsa Oilers (13pts, 0.542, 6-5-0-1) 
  9. Jacksonville Icemen (10pts, 0.385, 4-7-1-1) 11. Kansas City Mavericks (8pts, 0.364, 3-6-1-1) 12. Wheeling Nailers (7pts, 0.350, 2-5-3-0) 
  10. Rapid City Rush (8pts, 0.308, 4-9-0-0) 
  11. Fort Wayne Komets (0pts, 0.000, 0-0-0-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Mon. Jan. 18 

*all times are Eastern 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Utah Grizzlies, 7:10 p.m. 

Wed. Jan. 20 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. Indy Fuel @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m. 

Thurs. Jan. 21 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. 

Fri. Jan. 22 

Florida Everblades @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m. Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. South Carolina Stingrays @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m. Indy Fuel @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m. 

Utah Grizzlies @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. 

Sat. Jan. 23 

Florida Everblades @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m. Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. South Carolina Stingrays @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m. Allen Americans @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m. Indy Fuel @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m. 

Utah Grizzlies @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. 

Sun. Jan. 24 

Florida Everblades @ Jacksonville Icemen, 3:00 p.m. South Carolina Stingrays @ Wheeling Nailers, 4:10 p.m. Allen Americans @ Tulsa Oilers, 5:05 p.m. 

Indy Fuel @ Wichita Thunder, 5:05 p.m.

Shutouts, shootouts, and a set second phase

The Indy Fuel took over first place in the league after winning both games last week, knocking back the long-standing Florida Everblades. Teams with the home ice advantage, including the Fuel, won thirteen of the eighteen games played over the first full week of 2021. Indy, Florida, and the Utah Grizzlies all remain undefeated at home. 

The Tulsa Oilers had overtime, shutout, and shootout wins consecutively at the BOK Center, blanking the Grizzlies 3-0 in the weekend series. The Allen Americans went 2-1-0 at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center against the Rapid City Rush, keeping them first in the league on the road. 

Extra Fuel in the Tank 

The Indy Fuel won in overtime in back-to-back games against the Greenville Swamp Rabbits at Indiana Farmers Coliseum this weekend, cementing their league lead with an 8-1-0-0 record and a win percentage of .889. All nine games played by the Indy Fuel this season have been decided by one goal and six outside of regulation time. 

Matt Marcinew scored both game-winning goals and collected seven of his 12 total points in the weekend series (3g, 4a). Nic Pierog is riding a five-game point streak (5g, 2a), adding a goal over the weekend series to take the team lead in goals with six. He tallied an assist on Marcinew’s overtime winner on Saturday. 

Goalie Dan Bakala is tied for the league lead in wins (6) and made 35 saves in Indy’s 3-2 victory on Saturday. He remains undefeated, holding a 2.39 goals against average and a 0.913 save percentage. 

One Goal Makes a Difference 

The lowest scoring games of the season were played this week with the Kansas City Mavericks and Tulsa Oilers each walking away with a 1-0 victory and their first shutouts of the season. The only other team who has allowed no goals in a game are the Florida Everblades, who lead the league with two shutouts. 

Lane Scheidl scored midway through the first period, giving the Mavericks a permanent 1-0 lead at INTRUST Bank Arena on Friday. Andrew Shortridge locked down the cage, making 39 saves. Three of Shortridge’s six ECHL wins are shutouts. 

Roman Durny shone for the Tulsa Oilers on Saturday, stopping 26 shots for his first professional shutout. Adam Pleskach tallied the sole goal of the game in the third period, handing the Oilers the 1-0 victory at the BOK Center on Saturday. 

ECHL Team Roster Finalized 

The ECHL finalized its final roster for the 2020-21 season on Tuesday, with an updated season schedule and Kelly Cup Playoff format to follow in the coming days. The Fort Wayne Komets will begin play on Feb. 12 and are the

only team to join the season in the second phase. They will join the 13 teams who began on Dec. 11 and play a 50-game schedule. 

The Toledo Walleye have opted for voluntary suspension under the ECHL’s COVID-19 policy. The Walleye will return for the 2021-22 season. All Toledo players who signed ECHL contracts for this season have been released as free agents immediately under the ECHL/PHPA Collective Bargaining Agreement. 

Weekly Results 

Tues. Jan 5 

Wichita Thunder @ Kansas City Mavericks: 8-4, F 

Wed. Jan. 6 

Wheeling Nailers @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 5-4, F/OT 

Jacksonville Icemen @ Florida Everblades: 1-4, F 

Allen Americans @ Rapid City Rush: 2-3, F 

Fri. Jan. 8 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 3-4, F 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Indy Fuel: 5-6, F/OT 

Wheeling Nailers @ South Carolina Stingrays: 2-4, F 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder: 1-0, F 

Utah Grizzlies @ Tulsa Oilers: 2-3, F/OT 

Allen Americans @ Rapid City Rush: 4-2, F 

Sat. Jan. 9 

Wheeling Nailers @ South Carolina Stingrays: 3-6, F 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen: 1-4, F 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Indy Fuel: 2-3, F/OT 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder: 1-2, F 

Utah Grizzlies @ Tulsa Oilers: 0-1, F 

Allen Americans @ Rapid City Rush: 4-2, F 

Sun. Jan 10 

Utah Grizzlies @ Tulsa Oilers: 2-3, F/SO 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder: 2-6, F 

League Leaders 

Goals: J. Mychan, Allen Americans (7) 

Assists: Four-way tie across three teams (9) 

Points: Four-way tie across three teams (13) 

PIM: I. McKinnon, Jacksonville Icemen (51) 

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (16) 

Extras 

– Florida Everblades goalie Cam Johnson is the only netminder (over 120 minutes played) with a goals against average below two (1.77). He also leads the league in shutouts with two.

– Wheeling Nailers rookie Lawton Cortnall has only scored shorthanded goals this season, leading the league with three. 

– The Rapid City Rush and Florida Everblades have not played past regulation time. 

– Allen American forward Corey Mackin collected five points across his last four games (4g, 1a). 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record) 

  1. Indy Fuel (16pts, 0.889, 8-1-0-0) 
  2. South Carolina Stingrays (14pts, 0.778, 6-1-2-0) 
  3. Florida Everblades (16pts, 0.727, 8-3-0-0) 
  4. Allen Americans (16pts, 0.727, 8-3-0-0) 
  5. Wichita Thunder (13pts, 0.722, 6-2-1-0) 
  6. Utah Grizzlies (10pts, 0.625, 4-2-1-1) 
  7. Tulsa Oilers (11pts, 0.611, 5-3-0-1) 
  8. Orlando Solar Bears (10pts, 0.556, 5-4-0-0) 
  9. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (10pts, 0.500, 3-3-3-1) 
  10. Jacksonville Icemen (7pts, 0.350, 3-6-1-0) 
  11. Wheeling Nailers (7pts, 0.350, 2-5-3-0) 
  12. Kansas City Mavericks (6pts, 0.333, 2-5-1-1) 
  13. Rapid City Rush (4pts, 0.200, 2-8-0-0) 

Upcoming Games 

Wed. Jan. 13 

*all times are Eastern 

Jacksonville Icemen @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m. 

Fri. Jan. 15 

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m. 

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m. 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m. 

Wichita Thunder @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. 

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:05 p.m. 

Sat. Jan. 16 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays, 6:05 p.m. 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. 

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m. 

Wichita Thunder @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m. 

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m. 

Kansas City Mavericks @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:05 p.m. 

Sun. Jan. 17 

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 3:00 p.m. 

Wichita Thunder @ Allen Americans, 3:05 p.m. 

Jacksonville Icemen @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 3:05 p.m. 

Tulsa Oilers @ Rapid City Rush, 6:05 p.m.

ECHL RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR

Four teams, including all three previously undefeated, had their win-streaks snapped as the ECHL rang in the new year this week. The Wheeling Nailers, who had not won a game this season, beat out the then-undefeated Indy Fuel on Dec. 31. The Kansas City Mavericks also tallied their first win of the season on Thursday, giving all teams at least one win in 2020. 

 

The Utah Grizzlies saw the biggest leap in the ECHL rankings, landing in fifth after winning three straight against the Rapid City Rush this week. The Rush sit in last place with one win, trailing the Mavericks who took down the Tulsa Oilers for their first victory. 



No team left undefeated

 

The Florida Everblades had their win-streak broken by the Jacksonville Icemen at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Monday. The Everblades dominated the first period, scoring three goals and outshooting the Icemen 13-6. Jacksonville went on to tally five unanswered goals to steal the victory 5-3. Icemen Matt Filipe (1g, 1a), Kevin McKernan (2a), and Craig Martin (1g, 1a) each collected two points in the win. Florida went on to lose a second time this season, falling to the Orlando Solar Bears 7-4 at the Amway Center on Dec. 30. 

 

A split three-in-three with the Allen Americans handed the Wichita Thunder their first losses of the season. After dominating the Americans 7-2 at the Allen Event Center on Thursday, the Thunder lost consecutively at home. Despite the back-to-back losses Wichita managed to walk away with one point after falling in overtime, 4-3, on Saturday. 

 

The Indy Fuel lost their perfect record to the Wheeling Nailers, giving the Nailers their first win of the season. Despite the loss they maintained their spot at second place in the league with a 6-1-0 record (12 pts). 



One goal wonders

 

All seven games played by the Indy Fuel this season – including their single loss – have been decided by one goal. Four of the games played have gone past regulation, where Indy has a 4-0 record. The Fuel lead the ECHL in overtime play, followed by the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and Orlando Solar Bears who have two wins each. 

 

The team tallied one of the four overtime wins on Saturday against the Wheeling Nailers, redeeming themselves after taking their first loss of the season on Thursday. In the 5-4 overtime victory at home, goalie Dan Bakala made 19 saves to remain undefeated with a 5-0-0 record (4 GA). 



Almost Nailed it

 

Félix Robert notched the first hat trick of his professional career on Saturday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum and was the only Wheeling Nailers player to score in the first two periods, giving the Nailers a 3-1 lead over the Indy Fuel. Indy responded with three consecutive goals to pass Wheeling 4-3. Michael Joly, who had assists on two of Robert’s goals, scored unassisted roughly ten seconds following the final Indy goal to force overtime.

 

The Fuel snuck away with the 5-4 victory after Nic Pierog tallied a goal just over three minutes into the extra time. Pierog (2g, 1a) and Derek Barach (3a) each had three-point games. Indy outshot Wheeling 4-0 during the extra frame. 



Weekend Results

 

Mon, Dec. 28

Florida Everblades @ Jacksonville Icemen: 3-5

 

Tues. Dec. 29

Jacksonville Icemen @ Orlando Solar Bears: 2-3, F/OT

 

Wed. Dec. 30

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 4-7, F

 

Thurs. Dec. 31

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers: 3-4, F

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies: 3-6, F

Wichita Thunder @ Allen Americans: 7-2, F

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks: 1-4, F

 

Fri. Jan. 1

South Carolina Stingrays @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 1-3, F

Allen Americans @ Wichita Thunder: 5-1, F

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies: 3-4, F

 

Sat. Jan. 2

Orlando Solar Bears @  Florida Everblades: 0-3, F

South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Icemen: 3-2, F

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel: 4-5, F/OT

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks: 4-3, F

Allen Americans @ Wichita Thunder: 4-3, F/OT

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies: 2-3, F

 

Sun. Jan. 3

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears: 7-1, F



League Leaders

Goals: J. Mychan, Allen Americans (7)

Assists: A. Kile, Florida Everblades (8)

Points: M. Huntebrinker / A. Kile, Florida Everblades (11)

PIM: K. Nueber, Florida Everblades (32)

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (14)

 

Extras

 

  • The Utah Grizzlies’ Ian Scheid tallied his first two pro goals in their 6-3 win over the Rapid City Rush on Thursday.
  •  Jeremy McKenna scored his first two pro goals in the Wichita Thunder’s 7-2 victory over the Allen Americans on Thursday. 



Team Standings (points, percentage, record)

  1. Florida Everblades (14pts, 0.778, 7-2-0-0)
  2. Indy Fuel (12pts, 0.857, 6-1-0-0)
  3. Allen Americans (12pts, 0.750, 6-2-0-0)
  4. South Carolina Stingrays (10pts, 0.714, 4-1-2-0)
  5. Utah Grizzlies (8pts, 0.800, 4-1-0-0) 
  6. Orlando Solar Bears (8pts, 0.571, 4-3-0-0)
  7. Wichita Thunder (7pts, 0.700, 3-1-1-0)
  8. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (7pts, 0.500, 3-3-0-1)
  9. Tulsa Oilers (5pts, 0.417, 2-3-0-1)
  10. Wheeling Nailers (5pts, 0.357, 1-3-3-0)
  11. Jacksonville Icemen (5pts, 0.313, 2-5-1-0)
  12. Kansas City Mavericks (4pts, 0.400, 1-2-1-1)
  13. Rapid City Rush (2pts, 0.143, 1-6-0-0)



Upcoming Games

 

Tues. Jan 5

*all times are Eastern

Wichita Thunder @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

 

Wed. Jan. 6

Wheeling Nailers @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

Jacksonville Icemen @ Florida Everblades, 7:30 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m.

 

Fri. Jan. 8

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m.

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Wheeling Nailers @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m.

Utah Grizzlies @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m.

 

Sat. Jan. 9

Wheeling Nailers @ South Carolina Stingrays, 6:05 p.m.

Orlando Solar Bears @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m.

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m.

Utah Grizzlies @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Rapid City Rush, 9:05 p.m.

 

Sun. Jan 10

Utah Grizzlies @ Tulsa Oilers, 5:05 p.m.

Kansas City Mavericks @ Wichita Thunder, 5:05 p.m.

Three teams stay spotless, Allen keeps sweeping

The Florida Everblades notched the first shutout of the ECHL season, taking down the Jacksonville Icemen and extending their win streak to five games as the last full week of 2020 comes to an end. The Wichita Thunder also kept a spotless 2-0-0 record, beating out the Kansas City Mavericks 3-1 at Cable Dahmer Arena on Saturday. Bobby McMann had a hand in all three Thunder goals (1g, 2a).

 

Both matchups between the Greenville Swamp Rabbits and South Carolina Stingrays required extra time, with each team walking away with a 3-2 win at home. South Carolina took the first victory of the weekend series in a fourth-round shootout at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. On Sunday, a goal just under three minutes into overtime from Benjamin Finkelstein gave Greenville the edge. All three times the teams have faced off this season they have played past regulation.

 

 

Plenty of Firsts in Florida

 

The Jacksonville Icemen took two penalty shots in their 4-0 loss to the Florida Everblades at Hertz Arena on Saturday. This was the first time an ECHL team saw a dual opportunity since March 24, 2014 when the Orlando Solar Bears shot twice against the then Evansville Icemen.

 

The penalty shots were the first of the season, shortly followed by one awarded to the South Carolina Stingrays in their 3-2 win over the Greenville Swamp Rabbits on Saturday. None of the chances resulted in a goal.

 

Saturday’s shutout was also the first of the ECHL season. Everblades goaltender Cam Johnson stopped 27 shots in the victory.

 

 

Nail in the Coffin

 

The Indy Fuel extended the Wheeling Nailers’ season-long losing streak to four games on Saturday at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Peter Krieger cemented the victory for Indy with a shorthanded goal under five minutes into overtime play. The goal was Krieger’s first of the season.

 

The 2-1 win kept Indy’s perfect record, raising them to 5-0-0. Fuel goalie Tom Auburn made 36 saves in his North American pro debut.

 

 

Don’t mess with Texas

 

The Allen Americans swept the Tulsa Oilers this weekend to keep a tidy 4-0-0 home record. Three of the four games played at the Allen Events Center, including both against the Oilers, have been won with a goal margin of three or more.

 

Allen handed Tulsa their first regulation loss of the season on Saturday, winning 4-1. Jesse Mychan notched two goals and three other Americans collected two points in the victory. Oilers goalie Roman Durny made 31 saves in his team debut.

 

In Sunday’s 5-1 win, Mychan added a goal and assist for a four-point weekend. Spencer Asuchak (3a) and Corey Mackin (1g, 2a) followed with three points each in the weekend series.

 

 

Weekend Results

 

Sat. Dec. 26

Jacksonville Icemen @ Florida Everblades: 0-4, F

South Carolina Stingrays @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 3-2, F/SO

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel: 1-2, F/OT

Tulsa Oilers @ Allen Americans: 1-4, F

Wichita Thunder @ Kansas City Mavericks: 3-1, F

 

Sun. Dec. 27

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays: 3-2, F/OT

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers: 4-3, F

Tulsa Oilers @ Allen Americans: 1-5, F

 

 

League Leaders

Goals: J. Mychan, Allen Americans / P. Harper, Florida Everblades (5)

Assists: 11-way tie between five teams (4)

Points: P. Harper, Florida Everblades (9)

PIM: B. Moore, Greenville Swamp Rabbits (29)

+/-: L. Roe, Florida Everblades (11)

 

Extras

 

  • Greenville Swamp Rabbits’ John Lethemon made 30 saves in his pro debut against the South Carolina Stingrays on Sunday.
  • DJ Busdeker tallied his first pro goal for the Indy Fuel in their 2-1 overtime win against the Wheeling Nailers on Saturday.
  • Tulsa Oilers’ Max Golod scored his first pro goal in the team’s 4-1 loss to the Allen Americans on Saturday

 

 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record)

  1. Florida Everblades (10pts, 1.000, 5-0-0-0)
  2. Indy Fuel (10pts, 1.000, 5-0-0-0)
  3. Allen Americans (8pts, 0.800, 4-1-0-0)
  4. South Carolina Stingrays (8pts, 0.800, 3-0-2-0)
  5. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (5pts, 0.417, 2-3-0-1)
  6. Wichita Thunder (4pts, 1.000, 2-0-0-0)
  7. Orlando Solar Bears (4pts, 0.667, 2-1-0-0)
  8. Tulsa Oilers (3pts, 0.375, 1-2-0-1)
  9. Utah Grizzlies (2pts, 0.500, 1-1-0-0)
  10. Kansas City Mavericks (2pts, 0.333, 0-1-1-1)
  11. Rapid City Rush (2pts, 0.250, 1-3-0-0)
  12. Jacksonville Icemen (2pts, 0.200, 1-4-0-0)
  13. Wheeling Nailers (2pts, 0.200, 0-3-2-0)

 

 

Upcoming Games

 

Mon, Dec. 28

 *all times are Eastern

Florida Everblades @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m.

 

Tues. Dec. 29

Jacksonville Icemen @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m.

 

Wed. Dec. 30

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m.

 

Thurs. Dec. 31

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers, 6:10 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies, 7:00 p.m.

Wichita Thunder @ Allen Americans, 7:05 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

 

Fri. Jan. 1

South Carolina Stingrays @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 2:05 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m.

 

Sat. Jan. 2

Orlando Solar Bears @  Florida Everblades, 7:00 p.m.

South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m.

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

Allen Americans @ Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m.

 

Sun. Jan. 3

Florida Everblades @ Orlando Solar Bears, 3:00 p.m.

 

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South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m.

Florida Dominates, Losing teams find redemption

Spotless records on the line, the Florida Everblades and Indy Fuel each defeated their opponents over the second weekend of ECHL play. The Everblades silenced the Greenville Swamp Rabbits back-to-back at Bon Secours Wellness Arena, raising their record to 4-0-0. Nic Pierog tallied an overtime goal on Friday, sealing a 4-3 victory for the Indy Fuel over the Kansas City Mavericks at Cable Dahmer Arena. The goal was his first with the Fuel. 

Entering on losses, the Allen Americans and Orlando Solar Bears redeemed themselves, sweeping their opponents 2-0-0. Rookie Alex Green locked in the Solar Bears’ winning weekend over the Wheeling Nailers by scoring his first pro goal in overtime on Saturday.

Florida buys a broom 

The Florida Everblades dominated their competition for the second weekend in a row, remaining undefeated and with players topping ECHL leaderboards. Florida had two decisive wins over Greenville, outscoring the Swamp Rabbits 11 goals to four. 

Rookie Patrick Harper tallied his fifth goal in four games during Saturday night’s 5-1 victory at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. Harper racked up four of his six total points in the series (3g, 1a). Blake Winiecki, who is tied for the league-lead in assists, also collected three points on the trip to Greenville (1g, 2a). 

The Everblades went seven-for-seven on the penalty kill in the doubleheader, with Tanner Jeannot scoring the team’s first shorthanded goal of the season. Florida also tallied four man-up goals on ten chances. The team leads the league overall on the powerplay at 27.3% with six goals this season. 

P.K.O.

Two of the three undefeated teams also have perfect penalty kill records: the Florida Everblades and Wichita Thunder. Florida has successfully killed all 20 of their opponent’s man-up chances, making them the only team to successfully wall up the net through two weekends of play. 

The Wheeling Nailers went seven-for-eight in back-to-back games against the Orlando Solar Bears at Wesbanco Arena. Wheeling ranks fourth in the league on the penalty kill at 91.7% and is one of two teams in the league to tally two shorthanded goals. Both goals were scored against Orlando. 

Wichita and the Tulsa Oilers did not see the ice this weekend, but tied at are four-for-four on the penalty kill. 

There’s no place like…the road?

Six of the nine games played this weekend were won by the visiting team. Four teams maintain a clean away game record: the Florida Everblades, Indy Fuel, South Carolina Stingrays, and Wichita Thunder. 

The Orlando Solar Bears have only played on the road, improving their overall record to 2-1-0 after defeating the Wheeling Nailers both nights at Wesbanco Arena. The Thunder and the Utah Grizzlies have also not skated on home ice.

Conversely, the Allen Americans redeemed their 0-1-0 record after winning back-to-back at home versus the Rapid City Rush, making them 2-0-0 at the Allen Event Center. In the team’s home opener on Dec. 18 rookie Joseph Garreffa tallied his first pro goal. 

Weekend Results

Fri. Dec. 18

South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Icemen: 2-1 F

Florida Everblades @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 6-3 F

Orlando Solar Bears @ Wheeling Nailers: 4-2 F

Rapid City Rush @ Allen Americans: 2-5 F

Indy Fuel @ Kansas City Mavericks: 4-3 F/OT

Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies: CANCELLED*

Sat. Dec. 19

Jacksonville @ South Carolina Stingrays: 1-5 F

Florida Everblades @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits: 5-1 F

Orlando Solar Bears @ Wheeling Nailers: 3-2 F/OT

Rapid City Rush @ Allen Americans: 2-3 F

Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies: CANCELLED*

*Tusla @ Utah matchups will be rescheduled for a later date. 

League Leaders

Goals: P. Harper, Florida (5)

Assists: S. Jardine, Greenville / B. Winiecki, Florida (4)

Points: P. Harper, Florida (6)

PIM: B. Moore, Greenville (21)

+/-: L. Roe, Florida (9)

Extras

  • Wheeling’s Tyler Drevitch and Sean Josling as well as Jacksonville’s Derek Lodermeier scored their first pro goals on Friday. 
  •  Greenville’s Greg Meireles collected two points in his pro debut on Friday (1g, 1a). 
  •  South Carolina goalie Hunter Shepard notched his first pro victory in the Stingrays 2-1 win at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday against Jacksonville. 

Team Standings (points, percentage, record)

  1. Florida Everblades (8pts, 1.000, 4-0-0-0)
  2. Indy Fuel (6pts, 1.000, 3-0-0-0)
  3. South Carolina Stingrays (5pt, 0.833, 2-0-1-0)
  4. Allen Americans (4pts, 0.667, 2-1-0-0)
  5. Orlando Solar Bears (4pts, 0.667, 2-1-0-0)
  6. Tulsa Oilers (3pts, 0.750, 1-0-0-1)
  7. Wichita Thunder (2pts, 1.000, 1-0-0-0)
  8. Utah Grizzlies (2pts, 0.500, 1-1-0-0) 
  9. Kansas City Mavericks (2pt, 0.500, 0-0-1-1)
  10. Rapid City Rush (2pts, 0.250, 1-3-0-0)
  11. Jacksonville Icemen (2pts, 0.250, 1-3-0-0)
  12. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (2pts, 0.250, 1-3-0-0)
  13. Wheeling Nailers (1pt, 0.167, 0-2-1-0)

Upcoming Games

*all times are Eastern

Sat. Dec. 26

Jacksonville Icemen @ Florida Everblades, 7:00 p.m.

South Carolina Stingrays @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

Wheeling Nailers @ Indy Fuel, 7:05 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m.

Wichita Thunder @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

Sun. Dec. 27

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays, 3:05 p.m.

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers, 4:10 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m.

OPENING WEEKEND WRAPPED

Three teams went undefeated and six saw overtime play as the ECHL kicked off its ten-game opening weekend on Friday. Kansas City notched the first goal of the season but fell short to the Indy Fuel, 4-3, in the first shootout of 2020-21. The Wichita Thunder also edged out the Tulsa Oilers 3-2 in the skills contest at the BOK Center.

The Florida Everblades, who walked away with a 2-0-0 record, reclaimed their spot at the top of the league standings after leading the pack with 92 points at the end of the 2019-20 season. Indy and Wichita also swept the weekend.

Maverick Mayhem

Kansas City Mavericks defenseman Zach Osburn took the puck coast-to-coast and snuck it past Indy Fuel goalie Dan Bakala to score the first goal of the 2020-21 season at Indiana Farmers Coliseum on Friday.

Watch Osburn’s goal here.

Osburn tallied an assist and was the only Kansas City player to collect multiple points in the 4-3 shootout loss.

Major-ly penalized

The Jacksonville Icemen and Florida Everblades spent 92 combined minutes in the penalty box at Hertz Arena on Friday. Fighting majors and game misconducts totaled to sixty of the minutes served.

The Everblades special teams unit walled up their cage, going 9-for-9 on the penalty kill in the 6-1 victory. The team also notched the sole man-up goal of the matchup when Alex Kile capitalized on a power play chance to give Florida a five-goal lead in the third period.

Lukas Craggs notched two goals in the win (3pts), while the lone Icemen goal was scored by Luke Shiplo early in the second period.

Rockin’ Rookies

Rookie Ben Finkelstein scored both his first pro and overtime-game-winning goals in the Greenville Swamp Rabbits’ 3-2 victory over the South Carolina Stingrays at North Charleston Coliseum on Friday. After scoring a third period goal that tied the game at two, Finkelstein caught a rebound midway through the extra period and pushed it past Stingrays goalie Hunter Shepard.

Watch Finkelstein’s game-winning goal here.

Cedric Pare also shone for the Utah Grizzlies, notching two points in his pro debut against the Rapid City Rush at Rushmore Plaza Civic Center on Friday. He scored less than five minutes into the first period, beginning a Grizzlies lead that lasted until the third period. Rapid City rallied and scored three unanswered goals in the final frame to top Utah 6-4.

Weekend Results

 Dec. 11

Kansas City Mavericks @ Indy Fuel: 3-4 F/SO

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays: 3-2 F/OT

Jacksonville Icemen @ Florida Everblades: 1-6 F

Wichita Thunder @ Tulsa Oilers: 3-2 F/SO

Utah Grizzlies @ Rapid City Rush: 4-6 F

Dec. 12

Orlando Solar Bears @ Florida Everblades: 2-4 F

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Jacksonville Icemen: 3-4 F

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers: 3-2 F

Allen Americans @ Tulsa Oilers: 3-4 F

Utah Grizzlies @ Rapid City Rush: 3-1 F

League Leaders

Goals: Ten-way tie across seven teams

Assists: M. Auk, Rapid City (4)

Points: D. Cuglietta, Utah / M. Auk, Rapid City (4)

PIM: J. Cederholm, Jacksonville / M. Downing, Florida / B. Moore, Greenville (15)

+/-: L. Roe, Florida (+5)

Extras

  • Jacksonville Icemen head coach Jason Christie leads the ECHL in games coached (1,213) and wins (634).
  • Kansas City’s Tad O’Had and South Carolina’s Ryan Blair made their head coaching debuts on Friday.
  • Tulsa Oilers’ edged out the Americans, 4-3, on their Teddy Bear Toss Night Saturday.
  • Wheeling Nailers’ Michael Pelech ranks sixth in ECHL history in assists (372).

Team Standings (points, percentage, record)

  1. Florida Everblades (4pts, 1.000, 2-0-0-0)
  2. Indy Fuel (4pts, 1.000, 2-0-0-0)
  3. Tulsa Oilers (3pts, 0.750, 1-0-0-1)
  4. Wichita Thunder (2pts, 1.000, 1-0-0-0)
  5. Utah Grizzlies (2pts, 0.500, 1-1-0-0)
  6. Rapid City Rush (2pts, 0.500, 1-1-0-0)
  7. Jacksonville Icemen (2pts, 0.500, 1-1-0-0)
  8. Greenville Swamp Rabbits (2pts, 0.500, 1-1-0-0)
  9. Kansas City Mavericks (1pt, 0.500, 0-0-0-1)
  10. South Carolina Stingrays (1pt, 0.500, 0-0-1-0)
  11. Allen Americans (0pts, 0.000, 0-1-0-0)
  12. Wheeling Nailers (0pts, 0.000, 0-1-0-0)
  13. Orlando Solar Bears (0pts, 0.000, 0-1-0-0)

Upcoming Games

Fri. Dec. 18

*all times are Eastern

South Carolina Stingrays @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m.

Florida Everblades @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

Orlando Solar Bears @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m.

Indy Fuel @ Kansas City Mavericks, 8:05 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m.

Sat. Dec. 19

Jacksonville @ South Carolina Stingrays, 6:05 p.m.

Florida Everblades @ Greenville Swamp Rabbits, 7:05 p.m.

Orlando Solar Bears @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:10 p.m.

Rapid City Rush @ Allen Americans, 8:05 p.m.

Tulsa Oilers @ Utah Grizzlies, 9:10 p.m.

ECHL Gears up for Split Season

Minor league hockey returns on Dec. 11 as ten ECHL teams drop the puck for their 2020-21 season. Bubble-less and without host cities, the league stands alone in its 2020 start. The American Hockey League (AHL) has further delayed their target date to Feb. 5, 2021. 

It’ll shake down in two rounds 

Thirteen teams will begin a 72-game regular season in December. The second wave, which includes any remaining franchises that choose to opt-in, is targeted to start on Jan. 15. These teams will play 62 games. The regular season is scheduled to end on June 6. 

The Kelly Cup Playoffs are slated to begin June 9. League standings will be determined by winning percentage rather than accumulated points due to the varying number of games. Playoff format will be based on the number of eligible teams competing in the regular season. 

The Starting Lineup 

Ten games will be played over the ECHL’s opening weekend with seven teams seeing back-to-back contests after a prolonged offseason. The South Carolina Stingrays and the Florida Everblades, who led the ECHL with 92 points each last season, will open their 2020-21 campaigns on home ice. 

The full schedule has been released through Jan. 13. Each organization has varying COVID-19 policies specific to local regulations, with some allowing fans to attend games. All regular-season games, the All-Star Classic, and Kelly Cup Playoffs are available to stream through a PRO subscription to FloHockey

Fri. Dec. 11 

*all times are Eastern 

Indy Fuel vs. Kansas City Mavericks, 7:05 p.m. 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ South Carolina Stingrays, 7:05 p.m. 

Florida Everblades vs. Jacksonville Icemen, 7:30 p.m. 

Tulsa Oilers vs. Wichita Thunder, 8:05 p.m. 

Rapid City Rush vs. Utah Grizzlies, 9:05 p.m. 

Sat. Dec. 12 

Florida Everblades vs. Orlando Solar Bears, 7:00 p.m. 

Greenville Swamp Rabbits @ Jacksonville Icemen, 7:00 p.m.

Indy Fuel @ Wheeling Nailers, 7:05 p.m. 

Allen Americans @ Tulsa Oilers, 8:05 p.m. 

Rapid City Rush vs. Utah Grizzlies, 9:05 p.m. 

Benched for the season 

The league’s COVID-19 policy allows teams to elect for a voluntary suspension of play for the upcoming season. To date eleven teams, including the entire North Division, have opted to sit out. Three of these; the Cincinnati Cyclones, Newfoundland Growlers, and Reading Royals, had clinched playoff spots before the 2019-20 campaign shut down. 

Under the terms of the ECHL/PHPA Collective Bargaining Agreement, all players on teams who opt out of the season become free agents immediately. Players who were released into free agency include Newfoundland Captain James Melindy and Reading forward Corey Mackin. 

Melindy was the only player in Growlers history to serve as captain and led the team to their Kelly Cup victory during the 2018-19 inaugural season. During Mackin’s rookie season with Reading he led the squad in points and goals by a wide margin (20g, 46pts). The ex-Royals forward was signed by the Allen Americans shortly after being released. 

The full list of teams who have suspended play: Adirondack Thunder, Atlanta Gladiators, Brampton Beast, Cincinnati Cyclones, Idaho Steelheads, Kalamazoo Wings, Maine Mariners, Newfoundland Growlers, Norfolk Admirals, Reading Royals, and Worcester Railers. 

The remaining teams have been offered an opt-out decision extension. To date, the Fort Wayne Komets and Toledo Walleye have accepted. The extra time opens the possibility of a February start for the second phase of the season. In this case, teams entering in the second phase would play a significantly reduced schedule.