PRESS RELEASE - ECHL This Week - Feb. 18
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 18, 2013
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Condors move to within six points of playoff spot
Buoyed by a three-game winning streak, the Bakersfield Condors have climbed to within six points of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 39 points on the season.
The Condors swept a two-game series at home against Colorado over the weekend. Bakersfield opened the weekend with a 4-1 win on Friday. Goaltender Brian Stewart keyed the victory, making an ECHL season-high 52 saves. Scott Freeman led the way offensively with three points (1g-2a), while Jake Morley (2a), Nicholas Tremblay (1g-1a) and Evan Trupp (1g-1a) each had two points.
Stewart was the story once again on Saturday, stopping all 46 Colorado shots he faced to record his third career ECHL shutout. Morley notched the only goal the Condors needed, scoring 6:15 into the second period. Bakersfield’s penalty kill capped a perfect weekend, killing all seven Colorado power-play opportunities, and keeping the league’s number one power-play unit off the board on 10 chances over the two-game series.
Stewart has been in goal for each of the Condors’ three wins during their winning streak, making at least 40 saves in each game and stopping 138 of 141 shots (.979 save percentage) in the process.
Fellow goaltender Scott Greenham is second among rookies, and fifth among all goaltenders, with 940 saves, and he has stopped 25 of 26 shootout attempts to rank second in the league with a .962 shootout save percentage.
Francis Verreault has been a key acquisition for Bakersfield, tallying 21 points (7g-14a) in 21 games with the Condors after being picked up in a trade with Greenville.
This week, the Condors visit Las Vegas on Tuesday and host Stockton on Thursday and Ontario on Saturday.
Cincinnati's Foster becomes 11th ECHL goaltender to score goal
Cincinnati's Brian Foster became the 11th goaltender in ECHL history to score a goal when he was the last Cyclone to touch the puck prior to it going into an empty net on a delayed penalty with 30 seconds remaining in the first period of Cincinnati's 2-1 win against Trenton on Friday.See video of Foster's goal
Foster becomes the first goaltender to score a goal since Bakersfield's Timo Pielmeier on Dec. 19, 2009 against Utah.
Selected in the fifth round (161st overall) by Florida in the 2005 National Hockey League Entry Draft and under NHL contract to the Panthers, Foster is the Cyclones' all-time leader with 45 career wins, and prior to Monday's game against Kalamazoo is 18-6-4 with a 2.58 goals-against average and a save percentage of .910. He made his NHL debut with Florida on Feb. 4, 2012, stopping the only shot he faced in 4:52 of playing time.
Corwin Saurdiff of Hampton Roads was the first ECHL goaltender to score a goal on March 18, 1995 against Charlotte. Charlotte's Nick Vitucci, Erie's Olie Sundstrom and South Carolina's Sean Gauthier all accomplished the feat during the 1995-96 season and Toledo's Mark Bernard scored a goal on March 27, 2001 against Johnstown. Brian Eklund of Pensacola scored at Mississippi on Dec. 5, 2003 and Trevor Koenig of Atlantic City registered a goal at Wheeling on Mar. 2, 2005. Current Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Mike Smith scored for Lexington against Dayton on Oct. 26, 2002 and current Los Angeles Kings goaltender, and 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Jonathan Quick scored for Reading at Pensacola on Oct. 24, 2007.
This week in ECHL history
As part of the ECHL’s 25th anniversary, each week the League will take a look back at important moments in ECHL history.
Feb. 21, 1993 – Wheeling’s Darren Schwartz scores a goal in his 16th consecutive game to set a league record. Schwartz scored 25 goals during the course of his streak.
• Steven Kaunisto has had six games of +2 or better.
• The Jackals are 15-7-1 since Dec. 27.
• Elmira is at Trenton on Monday and Friday and hosts Kalamazoo on Saturday and Sunday.
• Ian O’Connor recorded his fourth multi-goal game of the season on Saturday against Elmira.
• Reading is 10-2-2 when outshot by its opponent.
• The Royals host Kalamazoo on Thursday, are at Trenton on Saturday and host the Titans on Sunday.
• Scott Wedgewood leads rookie goaltenders with 2,133 minutes played.
• The Titans are 16-3-3 when scoring first.
• Trenton hosts Elmira on Monday and Friday and Reading on Saturday before visiting the Royals on Sunday.
• Peter Merth has set a new career high with 15 points (1g-14a).
• Wheeling is league’s least-penalized team with 12.68 penalty minutes per game.
• The Nailers are at Greenville on Monday, Toledo on Friday, Cincinnati on Saturday and Fort Wayne on Sunday.
• Brian Foster has won each of his last five starts.
• The Cyclones are 24-5-2 when scoring first.
• Cincinnati hosts Kalamazoo on Monday, is at Fort Wayne on Friday, hosts Wheeling on Saturday and is at Toledo on Sunday.
• Josh Beaulieu has 13 points (4g-9a) in his last eight games.
• Evansville has killed off each of its opponents’ last 22 power-play opportunities.
• The IceMen are at Orlando on Wednesday and at Florida on Friday and Saturday.
• Brett Smith played in his 500th career pro game on Friday at Evansville.
• The Komets had their first sell-out of the season on Saturday with 10,480 fans.
• Fort Wayne hosts Cincinnati on Friday, is at Toledo on Saturday and hosts Wheeling on Sunday.
• Three of Yann Sauve's four goals this season have been overtime game-winners.
• Kalamazoo is 5-1 in shootouts this season.
• The K-Wings are at Cincinnati on Monday, Reading on Thursday and Elmira on Saturday and Sunday.
• Randy Rowe has 249 career professional goals.
• The Walleye have 159 shots on goal in the last four games (39.75 average).
• Toledo hosts Wheeling on Friday, Fort Wayne on Saturday and Cincinnati on Sunday.
• Mathieu Roy is fifth with 57 points (23g-34a).
• The Everblades are fourth on the power play at 21.9 percent (49-for-224).
• Florida hosts Gwinnett on Tuesday and Evansville on Friday and Saturday.
• Brendan Connolly is one of five ECHL players with more than one hat trick this season.
• Greenville’s average attendance since Jan. 1 is 4,183.
• The Road Warriors host Wheeling on Monday, are at South Carolina on Friday and Saturday and host the Stingrays on Sunday.
• Casey Pierro-Zabotel is on a season-high eight-game point streak (4g-10a).
• The Gladiators open a nine-game road trip on Tuesday.
• Gwinnett is at Florida on Tuesday and at Orlando on Thursday and Friday.
• Jesse Dudas scored his first goal as a Solar Bear on Saturday against South Carolina.
• Orlando is 10-3-1 in its last 14 home games.
• The Solar Bears host Evansville on Wednesday and Gwinnett on Thursday and Friday.
• Hunter Bishop has nine points (4g-5a) in his last six games.
• The Stingrays are 5-0-1 in their last six games.
• South Carolina hosts Greenville on Friday and Saturday and visits the Road Warriors on Sunday.
• Mark Guggenberger is tied for fourth with 18 wins.
• Six of the Aces last 11 games have gone to overtime or a shootout.
• Alaska is at Utah on Monday and Wednesday and hosts Las Vegas on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
• Trent Daavettila is tied for fifth with 38 assists.
• Colorado is first on the power play at home at 27.9 percent (41-for-147).
• The Eagles host Utah on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
• David de Kastrozza has 14 points (7g-7a) in his last 10 games.
• The Steelheads are 32-5-2 when scoring three or more goals.
• Idaho hosts San Francisco on Friday and Saturday.
• Nick Tuzzolino is fifth among defensemen with 24 assists.
• Utah leads the league with 33.64 shots per game.
• The Grizzlies host Alaska on Monday and Wednesday and are at Colorado on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Pacific Division • Jake Morley has points in five of his seven games with Bakersfield.
• The Condors are on a three-game winning streak.
• Bakersfield visits Las Vegas on Tuesday and hosts Stockton on Thursday and Ontario on Saturday.
• Judd Blackwater tallied seven points (3g-4a) in three games last week.
• Las Vegas is 13-0-1 when leading after two periods.
• The Wranglers host Bakersfield on Tuesday and are at Alaska on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
• Mario Lamoureux leads rookies with 46 points (19g-27a).
• The Reign are 29-2-5 when scoring first.
• Ontario hosts Stockton on Wednesday and Friday and is at Bakersfield on Saturday and Stockton on Sunday.
• Peter Sivak leads the league with 208 shots on goal.
• San Francisco is second on the power play on the road 22.6 percent (26-for-115).
• The Bulls are at Idaho on Friday and Saturday.
• Olivier Roy earned his fifth career ECHL shutout on Saturday vs. San Francisco
• The Thunder are 15-7-6 against Pacific Division opponents.
• Stockton is at Ontario on Wednesday and Friday and Bakersfield on Thursday and hosts Ontario on Sunday.