The ECHL Report

By Ron Valerino

Wheeling center Chris Wells is the InGlasCo Player of the Week.

The 6-6 and 230-pound Wells scored three goals and five points while helping Wheeling score five points in three games and even its record at 8-8-1. The 26-year-old Wells scored the game-winning goal in Wheeling’s 3-2 win against Northern Conference leader Trenton on Thursday. He came back the following night and scored a pair of goals, including the game winner, and had an assist as the Nailers won 5-3 at Johnstown. He closed out the week with an assist in Wheeling’s 3-2 shootout loss against Cincinnati on Saturday. On behalf of Chris Wells, a case of pucks will be donated to a Wheeling area youth hockey organization by InGlasco, the official puck supplier of the ECHL.

Augusta’s Gregg Naumenko is the ECHL Goalie of the Week
Naumenko, who was assigned to the Lynx by Anaheim of the National Hockey League on Friday, was 3-0-0 with a 1.93 goals against average and a .935 save percentage while starting three games in three days.
The 24-year-old Naumenko made 31 saves in a 4-3 win against South Carolina on Friday and came back the following night to make 27 saves in a 3-1 win at Greenville. The Chicago native closed out his weekend with 29 saves in a 3-2 win against Southern Conference leader Pee Dee, ending the Pride’s win streak at eight games.


The Wheeling Nailers announce that Jeremy Brown has signed with the team. Brown returns to Wheeling having played for the Nailers during the 1997-98 and 98-99 seasons. He has played a total of 88 games in a Nailers uniform and has 80 points on 37 goals and 43 assists in that time. Since leaving the Nailers, Brown has spent the past two and a half seasons in the American Hockey League, mainly with the Providence Bruins. While with the Bruins he was a part of the Calder Cup Championship team in 1999 that was coached by former Nailers coach and current New York Islanders coach, Peter Laviolette. Brown also played for Laviolette in Wheeling when the Nailers went to the Conference Finals in 1998 and lost to current Nailers coach John Brophy and the Hampton Roads Admirals. The Nailers are also receiving help from their AHL affiliate the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.

The Penguins have assigned defenseman David Koci and left wing Jan Fadrny. Koci was a fifth round selection of the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft. This is his first season of professional hockey after spending last season with the Prince George Cougars in the Western Hockey League. Last season he played 70 games for the Cougars and had two goals and seven assists for nine points and 155 penalty minutes. In 14 games this season with the Baby Pens, Koci had one goal and three assists for four points and 35 penalty minutes. Koci is a 6’6″, 225 pound native of Praha, Czech Republic. Fadrny is also in his first season of professional hockey after three seasons in the Western Hockey League with the Brandon Wheat Kings and most recently the Kelowna Rockets. A sixth round selection of the Pittsburgh Penguin s in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, Fadrny is a native of Brno, Czech Republic. This season he has played in 11 games with the Baby Pens and has one goal and two assists for three points and seven penalty minutes. His best season in juniors was last season when he scored 79 points in 58 games.

Richmond 3 Chiefs 2 :
Richmond Renegades forward Garret Prosofsky scored with just 2:07 left in regulation to lift the visiting Renegades to a 3-2 victory over the Johnstown Chiefs Saturday night in front of 2,612 fans at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. Jim Leger and Mike Rodrigues scored the other Johnstown goals while Richmond’s Mike Siklenka scored the other two Renegade goals. Dany Sabourin made 21 saves for his third loss of the season while Richmond goaltender Rastislav Stana made 26 saves for his team leading seventh win of the season.

Chiefs Notes:
David Gove currently has a three game goal scoring streak (3-0-3).
Jason Spence was returned to the Chiefs from the Saint John Flames (AHL). Spence appeared in 10 games for the Flames posting 1 assist and 28 PIM. He saw action in the first two games of the Chiefs season before being loaned to the Flames on October 16th.
Jim Shepherd currently is on a five game point scoring streak, scoring 4 goals and 5 assists (9 PTS) in those five games.
Johnstown is 5-2-1 in the month of November.


Center Cory Cyrenne has been returned to the Louisiana IceGators from the Houston Aeros after his second call-up in as many weeks, IceGators Vice President of Hockey Operations and Head Coach Dave Farrish announced Friday. Cyrenne is expected to be in the lineup for Louisiana Friday night when it
takes on the Baton Rouge Kingfish. The 24-year-old Cyrenne is Louisiana’s leading scorer, with 18 points (8g,10a) in 14 contests. He has been hot lately, racking up 11 points (4g, 7a) in a five-game point streak. Cyrenne is tops on the IceGators squad with four power play goals, and his three game-winning goals trail only Jay Murphy’s four for the team lead. Cyrenne played one game without recording a point in his most recent stint with the Aeros. He also played one game 11/17 for Houston, notching an assist.

The IceGators rebounded from their only regulation loss of the season to win a pair of games to finish out the week. Friday in Baton Rouge, Cory Cyrenne notched his fourth game-winner of the season and Frederic Cloutier stopped 45 shots, as the IceGators beat the Kingfish 3-2. Russ Hewson and Dominic Forget also had goals for the IceGators. Sunday, Konstantin Kalmikov scored twice in the first period, and the IceGators had three goals in a 4:06 span of the first, as the IceGators toppled the Arkansas RiverBlades 4-0. Cory Cyrenne and Chris Valicevic also scored and Marc Magliarditi stopped 30 shots for Louisiana, besting former IceGator Jason Saal, who turned aside 33 shots in his Cajundome return. Louisiana fell in regulation for the first time this season Thursday night, as Mobile knocked off the IceGators 6-4. Forget had two goals in defeat.

IceGator Notes:
The trio of Cory Cyrenne, Shawn McNeil and Dominic Forget had a superb weekend, with each extending points streaks. Cyrenne has six goals and seven assists in a team season-high seven-game point streak, while McNeil has five goals and four assists in a six-game streak. Forget has four goals and two assists in a four-game point streak.
Jay Murphy had four assists last week, with the second marking his 200th career ECHL assist. A helper on a Konstantin Kalmikov goal in the first period of Sunday’s win over Arkansas was his 200th. Murphy had three assists versus the RiverBlades.
Rookie Dominic Forget not only has five goals in just eight games with the IceGators, he has done it on just 13 shots (38.5 percent shooting percentage).

Friday, November 23 vs. ColumbiaTECO Arena2-1 Win
GAMENOTES:The Florida Everblades (10-4-2) defeated the Columbia Inferno (9-10-3) 2-1 in front of 6,419 at TECO Arena on Friday night. With the win, the Everblades moved into fourth place in the ECHL’s Southeast Division. Florida rookie netminder Rob Zepp stopped 29 of 30 shots and was the first star of the game. In the first period, the Everblades struck first and made it 1-0 when forward Matt Demarski received a pass from Paul Spadafora along the wall and fired a quick shot past Columbia goaltender Martin Villeneuve at the 2:38 mark of the period. The Everblades then made it 2-0 after a Tom Buckley clearing play behind the net deflected off of an Inferno defenseman and went right to Ryan Murphy who put the puck in an open net at the 16:39 mark of the first period.In the second period, Columbia inched closer to make it 2-1 after forward Denis Martynyuk blasted a shot past Florida netminder Rob Zepp.

Saturday, November 24 vs. ColumbiaTECO Arena4-2 Win

GAMENOTES:The Florida Everblades (11-4-2) defeated the Columbia Inferno (9-11-3) for the second night in a row 4-2 in front of 6,583 at TECO Arena on Saturday night. Florida forward Tom Buckley registered two goals and an assist in the Everblades fifth straight victory. In the first period, the Everblades struck first and made it 1-0 when forward Tom Buckley blasted a shot past Inferno netminder Kevin Swanson on a 5 on 3 power play at the 7:07 mark of the first period. The Inferno tied it at 1-1late in the first period at the 19:20 mark when Didier Tremblay fired a shot that trickled through the legs of Florida netminder Rob Zepp. In the second period, the Everblades broke a 1-1 tie and made it 2-1 on a quick shot from defenseman Shaun Fisher for his first professional goal.

Forwards Paul Spadafora and Matt Demarski picked up the helpers. The Everblades extended their lead to 3-1 on a 2 on 1 with Tom Buckley and Andrew Long. Buckley waited for Long to clear the Inferno defenseman and then slid the puck to Long who one timed it into the virtually open net. In the third period the Inferno pulled to within one goal on the power play after Didier Tremblay picked up his second goal of the night on a fluttering point shot that found it’s way into the net at the 6:27 mark. However the Everblades made it 4-2 after Tom Buckley finished on a two on one with forward Matt Demarski at the 9:01 mark of the third period.

ECHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINATION: The Everblades ECHL player of the week nomination is forward Tom Buckley The Buffalo, NY native had six points this past week including the game winning goal in the Everblades 5-3 win over the Columbus Cottonmouths on Wednesday. He was +5 for the week and was named the first star in the Everblades 4-2 win on Saturday night. Currently Buckley is riding a 13 game scoring streak and is fifth on the ECHL scoring list.

BOMBERS KEEP HOME WINNING STREAK ALIVE WITH TWO WINS: The Dayton Bombers went 2-1 this past week with both victories coming on home ice. The Bombers have won seven in a row at home and are just three Nutter Center wins away from matching the franchise record for consecutive wins (10) set during the 1992-93 season. The Bombers have the longest current home winning streak in the league and are one home win from solely having the longest streak in the ECHL this season. They have not lost at the Nutter Center since their home opener October 13 (6-2 loss versus Toledo). The Bombers also retained a hold of first place in the Northwest Division entering the week along with the Peoria Rivermen (21 PTS). The Bombers do have a game in hand on the Rivermen and will play them on Sunday at Carver Arena. Below is a recap of last week’s games:

11/22/01- Jackson 1 @ Dayton 3- Rookie defenseman Matt Desrosiers had the first two-goal game of his professional career and Brian Cummings picked up his second game-winning goal of the season as the Bombers limited the Jackson Bandits to an opponent season-low 17 shots in a 3-1 win at the Nutter Center for a special Thanksgiving game. Goalie Greg Gardner stopped 16 shots in his return to Dayton from AHL Syracuse. James Patterson scored the lone goal for the Bandits. The Bombers won their fourth game in a row and sixth straight at the Nutter Center.

11/23/01- Dayton 4 @ Cincinnati 5- Despite a team season-high four power play goals, the Bombers fell to defeat for the second time this season at FirstStar Center. When Rob Bonneau scored the fourth man-advantage goal at 2:25 of the third period, the Bombers’ lead looked safe at 4-2, but Cincinnati used a power play score by Eric Lavigne and an even-strength goal by Dan Carney to tie the game at four. Mike Henderson’s 4-on-4 goal with just under five minutes to play put Cincinnati ahead to stay and snap the Bombers’ four-game winning streak. The other Bombers goals came from Preston Mizzi, Chris Thompson, and Tom Nemeth. Kiley Hill and Jeff Trembecky (PP) also scored for the Cyclones. Each of the three head-to-head meetings between these two intra-state rivals have been won by the home team. Cincinnati leads the series 2-1. Matt Desrosiers had three assists for the Bombers in a losing effort.

11/24/01- Roanoke 3 @ Dayton 4 (OT)- Jamie Ling intercepted defenseman Travis Smith’s clearing attempt and beat goalie Jordan Willis with a shot 2:45 into overtime to lift the Bombers to a 4-3 win. The goal by Ling was the 100th of his Bombers’ career. Ling is now just four goals away from matching the franchise record for career goals (104) set by Steve Roberts. The Bombers stormed to a 3-1 first period lead with productivity from scorers who each tallied the night before- Chris Thompson, Rob Bonneau, and Tom Nemeth (PP). Bonneau and Thompson each had a goal and an assist. Jeff Helperl scored for Roanoke in the first period. Duncan Dalmao’s power play tally pulled Roanoke to within one at 14:44 of the second period. Frank Novock tied the game and forced the extra session with a slap shot at 4:56 of the third. The Bombers improved to 2-0 in overtime decisions.

LAST WEEK: The Pride went 3-0-1, seeing their eight-game winning streak end on Sunday. Pee Dee remains in first place in the Southeast Division by six points over South Carolina. They have a three-point lead over Louisiana for the most points in the league. Recap below:

Tuesday, November 19 @ Augusta PRIDE 4 Lynx 3 (OT)
Allan Sirois scored his second goal of the game, 1:29 into overtime giving the Pride the victory. Peter Geronazzo and Joel Irwin each added a goal and an assist. J. R. Prestifilippo recorded the win against his former team, making 24 saves.

Wednesday, November 20 @ Columbia PRIDE 2 Inferno 0
Sandy Allan recorded his and the team’s second shutout of the season, making 34 saves. Wes Goldie and Gregor Krajnc recorded the Pride’s goals. Leigh Dean picked up an assist on Krajnc’s goal for his point of the season.

Friday, November 23 v. Greenville PRIDE 5 Grrrowl 2
Greenville got out to a 2-1 lead after one period, but the Pride continued their second period dominance scoring three times within 3:46. For the second game in a row, Wes Goldie got the game-winning goal, his third overall on the year. Matt Reid had the big night offensively, tallying a goal and two assists.

Sunday, November 25 @ Augusta Lynx 3 PRIDE 2 (SO)
The Pride’s eight-game winning streak ends in a shootout in Augusta. Pee Dee led 2-1 going into the third period, but Patrick Yetman tied it halfway through the final frame. In the shootout, the Lynx went a perfect three-for-three, while only Allan Sirois could find the back of the net for the Pride.

WEEK FOR THE RECORD BOOKS : The Pride set two league marks this past week. Pee Dee’s win at Augusta on Tuesday was the franchise’s 178th all time, including numbers from the Knoxville Cherokees. The Pride now has 179 road wins, which is one more than the Wheeling Nailers. Friday’s victory over Greenville gave the Knoxville/Pee Dee franchise 421 all-time regular season wins, which is one more than both Wheeling and Columbus, which carries over the records from the Hampton Roads Admirals.

MISSISSIPPI : The Sea Wolves lost all three games last week to extend their losing skid to five. On Thanksgiving Thursday, Pensacola skated away with a 7-3 win, the return visit to Pensacola 4-2 on Friday and Saturday’s home contest to New Orleans 2-1. Here’s the recap:

Thursday, November 22nd vs. Pensacola Ice Pilots – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Sea Wolves – 3, Pensacola – 7
Pensacola opened up a 5-0 lead and cruised to a 7-3 victory. Sea Wolves forward Jerome Marois scored his first professional goal. Other Mississippi scorers were Steffon Walby and Brent Gauvreau. Sea Wolves outshot the Ice Pilots 39-30. However, Maxime Gingras turned away 36 shots for the win. Pensacola grabbed a 2-1 series lead by winning both games at the Wolves Den.

Friday, November 23rd @ Pensacola Ice Pilots – Pensacola Civic Center
Sea Wolves – 2, Pensacola – 4

Mississippi was seeking revenge from the beating handed them one night earlier. But again Pensacola jumped infront by building a 2-0 lead. Sea Wolves forward Travis Lisabeth tallied a shorthanded marker. However, Ice Pilots’ sniper Louis Dumont registered a power play goal, which would be the eventual game-winner at 4:16 of the second period. Mississippi rookie defenseman Sheldon Brookbank scored his first professional goal on the power play to round out the Sea Wolves scoring. Mississippi outshot Pensacola 36-31, but Maxime Gingras backstopped the Ice Pilots to victory again. Pensacola leads 3-1 in the eight-game season series.

Saturday, November 24th vs. New Orleans Brass – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Sea Wolves – 1, New Orleans – 2
Former Sea Wolves defenseman Patrick Rochon made the most of his first return to the Wolves Den as a member of the Brass. The Sea Wolves last original player opened the score and assisted on the game-winner as New Orleans handed Mississippi its’ fifth straight loss. Steffon Walby scored the lone goal for Mississippi. The Sea Wolves were denied by Ron Vogel, who made 28 saves in New Orleans victory. The Brass lead the nine-game season series two games to none.

Sea Wolves Player of the Week: Veteran forward Jeff Bes tallied four assists in the three games to capture the honors for the second time this season. In week one, Bes was named the East Coast Hockey League “InGlasCo Player of the Week”. The 28-year-old native of Tillsonburg, Ontario leads the Sea Wolves with five goals and 15 assists for 20 points in 17 games.

Thanks to following their contributions:
Ned Bowdern – Wheeling Nailers
Sue Babik – Johnstown Chiefs
Joe Babik – Pee Dee Pride
Ryan Stanzel – Louisiana IceGators
Dan Guenther – Florida Everblades
Mike Kelly – Mississippi Seawolves
Matt Gorsky – Dayton Bombers