ECHL Southern Conference Report

By Ron Valerino


PEE DEE : The Pride today announced that they have signed defenseman B. J.
Adams to a contract, and that they have released right wing Matt Van Arkel.
The Pride claimed Adams, 24, off of waivers from Jackson on Saturday. He
played all of last season with the Toledo Storm of the ECHL, and opened this
season with Toledo, but was released after appearing in one game. The
6-foot-2, 215 pound defenseman played in 69 games with the Storm last
season, registering two goals, 14 assists, and racking up 110 penalty
minutes. To make room for Adams on the roster, the Pride released rookie
forward Matt Van Arkel. In seven games, the Notre Dame graduate had one goal
and was a plus-one.

LOUISIANA: The IceGators goaltender Marc Magliarditi is the Goalie of the
Month for October. The 25-year-old Magliarditi was a perfect 4-0-0 with a
2.50 goals against average and a .912 save percentage while helping
Louisiana to the best start in team history, 6-0-1. Magliarditi, who was
drafted in the sixth round by the Chicago Blackhawks (146th overall) in
1995, opened the month making 23 saves in a 6-3 win at New Orleans in the
season opener, and improved to 2-0-0 with a 4-3 win against Arkansas on
October 14, making 28 saves. The Niagara Falls, N.Y. native made 32 saves in
a 5-2 win at Jackson on October 20 and closed out the month making 20 saves
in a 5-2 win at Mississippi. He finished the month stopping 103 of 113

MISSISSIPPI : The Sea Wolves announced that forward John Evangelista will be
out for the rest of the season with a torn medial collateral ligament and
torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee. In other Sea Wolves news,
forward Brad Ralph has been placed on the 7-day injured reserve with a groin
injury. While forward Jerome Marois remains on the IR with a leg injury. The
Sea Wolves announced on Friday that center Ryan Lauzon has been assigned to
the team from the Phoenix Coyotes and Springfield Falcons of the American
Hockey League. The 21-year-old is a 5-10, 190-pound native of Halifax, Nova
Scotia. Last season, he played 37 games with Springfield and scored five
goals, registering 10 assists for a total of 15 points to go along with six
penalty minutes.

SOUTH CAROLINA : Stingrays Head Coach and General Manager Rick Adduono
announced today that Captain Brett Marietti has been placed on the team’s
injured list and will miss the Stingrays two weekend games.

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

COLUMBIA : Rookie Kevin Swanson played well, but the Inferno’s offense came
up empty as they were defeated by the visiting Columbus Cottonmouths 3-0 at
the Carolina Coliseum Thursday night. The game was scoreless until Nick Lent
scored with a shot from a sharp angle at 3:07 of the third period. Lent
connected again with a power play goal at the 11:33 mark. Carlyle Lewis’s
empty net goal at 19:59 closed out the scoring giving the Cottonmouths their
first win of the year.

FLORIDA : The Everblades take on the Macon Whoopee this Friday and Saturday
at TECO Arena The Florida Everblades split their weekend series against the
Pensacola Ice Pilots this past weekend at TECO Arena. Florida defeated the
Ice Pilots 4-2 on Friday night but lost 7-1 on Saturday night in the second
game of the weekend series. Florida leads the ECHL in attendance with an
average of 6,446 per night.

COLUMBUS : The Cottonmouths defeated Columbia 3-0 Thursday night at the
Carolina Coliseum. Alex Fomitchev produced a 28-save performance and Nick
Lent scored a pair of third-period goals as the Cottonmouths snapped a
eight-game winless streak that began their inaugural season.

JACKSON : Ken Carroll turned aside 28 shots and Ryan Mougenel scored a
power-play goal as the Jackson Bandits defeated the Baton Rouge Kingfish,
4-1. Carroll, in his second start of the season, stopped the first 14 shots
he faced and 14 in the third period for the win, improving to 1-1-0.

MACON : Travis Brigley and Travis Dillabough both scored a goal as the
Whoopee defeated the Augusta Lynx, 2-1 last Saturday night in Macon. Chris
Madden turned away 20 of the 21 shots he faced to improve to 4-2-1.

6-0 , 200-pound Greg Pankewicz scored two goals and had five assists in
Pensacola’s two games at Florida over the weekend, and he leads the East
Coast Hockey League with 13 assists and 17 points in seven games.

MOBILE : John Sadowski has picked up a point in every contest he has played
so far this season. Sadowski has scored a goal in each of the Mysticks last
four games. He picked up an assist in his first game in Mobile against
Arkansas after being acquired from Mississippi on October 18th. Sadowski
picked up an assist on Mississippi’s opening night game winning goal.
Sadowski has six points on the season with four goals and two assists.

BATON ROUGE : Mike Rucinski scored the lone goal on the power play off a
feed from Matt Noga 2:28 into the third as the Kingfish dropped the fifth of
their last seven games losing to Jackson 4-1 on Thursday night. Paxton
Schafer fell to 3-2-0 despite stopping 38 shots, including 27 of 28 in the
second period.

ARKANSAS : For the third time in three years, RiverBlades goaltender Jeff
Salajko has been called up by the Manitoba Moose, the top affiliate of the
Vancouver Canucks. Salajko had posted a 1-4-0 record this season for the
RiverBlades with a 3.35 goals against average. The Moose are in their first
year competing in the American Hockey League after the International Hockey
League ceased operations at the end of last season. Salajko was called up by
the Moose at the end of last season and posted a 4-5-1 regular season record
with a 2.51 goals against average and a save percentage of .917. Salajko
also played in two playoff games for the Moose and posted a 0-1 record with
a goals against of 5.05. In the 1999-00 season, Salajko had a 1-1-0 record
with the Moose and a goals against average of 2.51.

NEW ORLEANS : Ron Vogel turned aside 27 shots to record his third shutout of
his career and J.F. Houle collected seven points as the New Orleans Brass
crushed the Pensacola Ice Pilots, 8-0. Houle, became the first player in the
minors to finish with seven points in one game.

AUGUSTA : Lance Galbraith scored a pair of third-period goals and Judd
Lambert turned away 21 shots as the Augusta Lynx defeated the Columbus
Cottonmouths, 6-2 on wednesday night.

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