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This week in the ECHL: Week 2

Every week, RealSport will bring you coverage of the week's happenings in the AA affiliate of the NHL. This is Week 2.

The ECHL is now in their second week of season number 30. Here are some of the top stories from around the league.

  • Several suspensions were handed out on Tuesday. 
  • Travis Howe of Utah received one game for instigating an altercation in the final five minutes of play.
  • Adam Comrie of Reading was suspended for two games and fined for a two-handed slash.
  • David Makowski of Allen received a four-game suspension for an unpenalized check to the head. He was also fined an undisclosed amount of pay. 
  • Stephen Fournier of the Brampton Beast left the penalty bench to instigate an altercation. He received a five-game suspension and was fined.
  • Jason Christie, head coach of the Jacksonville Icemen, established a new league record by coaching in his 1,009th game. He broke the previous record of 1,008, set by John Marks. Christie also holds the record for most wins by a head coach in the ECHL.

Three stars of the week

Third Star – Pat Nagle, goaltender (Toledo Walleye)

Nagle recorded his 11th career shutout in a 3-0 Walleye win over the Quad City Mallards. That puts him in 25th place on the all-time list for shutouts in the ECHL

Second Star – Angelo Miceli, center (Norfolk Admirals)

In three games, Miceli notched seven points (3g 4a) in three games for the Admirals. He was tied for most points this week with Gregor Hansen of the Utah Grizzlies and got the nod over Kyle Platzer due to the extra game and additional production.

First Star – Jeff Jakaitis, goaltender (South Carolina Stingrays)

Jakaitis went 2-0-0 with a 2.50 GAA and a .906 save percentage in two wins for the Stingrays. He made 48 saves over the weekend, including big stops late in the victory over the Jacksonville Icemen to preserve a 3-2 win.

Game of the week

Reading Royals 5, Toledo Walleye 4 in overtime Saturday, October 21, 2017

Game number 41 on the ECHL season was a barn burner in Reading. The Royals jumped out to a four-goal lead, thanks to a three-goal first period. Four different scorers lit the lamp for the Royals, putting the Walleye down by four after 1:41 of the second period.

The Walleye did not roll over and die. Three consecutive goals in the second, capped off by Ty Loney’s third of the season, brought Toledo within one. It stayed that way until the 10:55 mark of the third period. J.C. Campagna scored his second of the season from Ty Loney and Dylan Olsen on the power play to tie the game.

The contest went into overtime, but not for long. In the second fastest overtime goal ever scored in the ECHL, Derek Whitmore ended the contest. The only assist came off the stick of Ryan Penny. Reading won the game after just seven seconds of overtime. 

Scoring leaders

Casey Pierro-ZabotelAllen Americans3710
Zach PochiroAllen Americans538
Kyle PlatzerWichita Thunder448
Adam ChappieGreenville Swamp Rabbits358
Mitchell HeardFlorida Everblades358
Angelo MiceliNorfolk Admirals358


Eastern Conference

TeamWinsLossesOT LossesPoints
Florida Everblades4008
Wheeling Nailers3017
Manchester Monarchs2215
Adirondack Thunder2115
Worcester Railers2004
South Carolina Stingrays2004
Reading Royals2004
Orlando Solar Bears2104
Norfolk Admirals2304
Greenville Swamp Rabbits1213
Jacksonville Icemen0111
Brampton Beast0411
Atlanta Gladiators0400

Western Conference

TeamWinsLossOT LossesPoints
Colorado Eagles4008
Wichita Thunder4008
Allen Americans3017
Kalamazoo Wings3006
Idaho Steelheads2215
Fort Wayne Comets2104
Toledo Walleye2104
Utah Grizzlies2404
Kansas City Mavericks2104
Tulsa Oilers1213
Indy Fuel1113
Quad City Mallards1302
Cincinnati Cyclones0111
Rapid City Rush0400

What to look forward to

Worcester Railers at Colorado Eagles Wednesday, October 25, 2017, 9:05 EST

This is a battle of two undefeated clubs. The reigning Kelly Cup Champion Eagles will host the Railers in which one of these teams will suffer their first loss. Colorado is averaging 4.25 goals per game this season, and will face a Worcester club that has given up only three goals in two games.

Wheeling Nailers at Brampton Beasts Friday, October 27, 2017, 7:15 EST Sunday, October 29, 2017, 2:00 EST

The Nailers are leading the North Division in the Eastern Conference, and averaging over four goals a game, the offense has led the way. They will face the Brampton squad twice this weekend. Brampton has allowed almost five goals per contest. If you like scoring, tune into ECHL TV for these, as the lamp should be lit often.

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This week in the ECHL: Week 2

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