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Strong start has Mavericks on top of league

November 23, 2015 - ECHL (ECHL) News Release

After missing the playoffs in their first ECHL season a year ago, the Missouri Mavericks have soared to the top of the league standings through the first month of the 2015-16 season. Missouri has won eight straight games and has a league-best 13-2-1 record. The Mavericks' 27 points are three ahead of Allen and Florida for the most in the ECHL.

The Mavericks went 3-0-0 last week, beginning with a 4-1 win over Allen on Tuesday. Kane Lafranchise (1g-1a), Tanner Fritz (1g-1a), Scott Allen (1g-1a) and Colin Markison (2a) all had mutli-point efforts in the win while Josh Robinson turned aside 17 of the 18 shots he faced to record the victory in goal.

Missouri went on the road on Friday and came away with a 5-4 overtime win at Tulsa. Tyler Barnes led the way for Missouri with three points (1g-2a) while Sebastien Sylvestre (2g), Kellen Jones (1g-1a), Andrew Courtney (2a) and Jesse Root (2a) all chipped in with two points each. Rocco Carzo delivered the game-winning goal 2:37 into the extra session.

The Mavericks ended the week with a 5-2 victory at Wichita on Saturday. Root scored a pair of goals and added an assist with Carzo adding a pair of assists and Barnes notching a goal and an assist. Parker Milner picked up the win in goal with 24 saves on 26 shots.

Barnes, the 2014-15 ECHL Rookie of the Year with Toledo, has picked up where he left off last season, ranking third in the league with 19 points (8g-11a) while Root is third in the ECHL with nine goals and tied for fourth with 18 points.

The Mavericks boast a strong one-two punch in goal as Milner and Robinson have combined to allow a league-low 1.75 goals-against per game. Milner ranks second in the league with a 1.57 goals-against average and is third with a .938 save percentage while Robinson is third with a 1.64 goals-against average and sixth with a .932 save percentage.

Missouri, which is 4-0-0 at home this season, is home for three games this week, hosting Quad City on Wednesday and Indy on Friday and Saturday.

A look ahead

Games to watch in the ECHL during the week ahead. Watch ECHL games live on ECHL.TV.

Eastern Conference

South Carolina at Orlando (Tuesday and Saturday)

The Solar Bears enter the week on a six-game unbeaten streak (4-0-2) and with 19 points are in second place of the South Division, one point ahead of the Stingrays who are 6-3-1 in their last 10 games.

Western Conference

Indy at Missouri (Friday and Saturday)

Former Mavericks' head coach Scott Hillman leads the Fuel into Missouri for the first time. The Mavericks have a league-best 27 points while Indy is 9-4-1 for 19 points and is just one point behind first-place Cincinnati in the Midwest Division.

Divisions

East Division

- Ken Appleby leads rookie goaltenders with a 1.90 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage.

- The Thunder are 6-1-0 when outshot by their opponent.

- Adirondack hosts Elmira on Wednesday, visits the Jackals on Saturday and hosts Greenville on Sunday.

- Scott Jacklin leads rookies with a 30.8 percent shooting percentage (4-for-13).

- The Jackals are 5-0-0 in one-goal games.

- Elmira is at Adirondack on Wednesday, hosts the Thunder on Saturday and is at Brampton on Sunday.

- Michael Houser is on a five-game winning streak.

- Manchester averaged 42.25 shots per game in its four games last week.

- The Monarchs visit Atlanta on Tuesday and Thursday and Norfolk on Friday and Saturday.

- Quinn Smith scored his first pro goal on Sunday at Manchester.

- The Admirals are sixth on the penalty kill at 86.7 percent (72-for-83).

- Norfolk hosts Greenville on Wednesday and Manchester on Friday and Saturday.

- Riley Armstrong had seven points (1g-6a) in two games last week.

- Reading is third with 3.71 goals per game.

- The Royals visit Wheeling on Wednesday and host Greenville on Friday and Saturday and Wheeling on Sunday.

North Division

- Brandon Marino has at least a goal and an assist in three consecutive games.

- The Beast have won six of their last eight games.

- Brampton travels to Toledo on Friday and Wheeling on Saturday before hosting Elmira on Sunday.

- Justin Taylor registered his 200th career pro point with an assist on Thursday at Toledo.

- Kalamazoo posted a season-high 43 shots on goal on Saturday at Evansville.

- The K-Wings visit Quad City on Friday and host Toledo on Sunday.

- Alden Hirschfeld has eight points (5g-3a) during his six-game point streak.

- The Walleye are 3-0-2 in their last five games.

- Toledo visits Brampton on Friday, Fort Wayne on Saturday and Kalamazoo on Sunday.

- Harrison Ruopp scored his first career goal on Friday at Florida.

- Wheeling has scored at least four goals in eight of its nine wins.

- The Nailers host Reading on Wednesday and Brampton on Saturday before visiting Reading on Sunday.

South Division

- Derek Nesbitt leads the league with eight power-play points (4g-4a).

- Atlanta is 5-0-0 when scoring four or more goals.

- The Gladiators are at Greenville on Monday and host Manchester on Tuesday and Thursday and Orlando on Friday.

- Matt Willows leads rookies with 18 points (5g-13a).

- The Everblades have outscored their opponents 29-15 on the road.

- Florida is at Colorado on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

- Scott Fleming is on a five-game point streak (4g-2a).

- Greenville is 4-0-0 when allowing two goals or less.

- The Swamp Rabbits are at Norfolk on Wednesday, Reading on Friday and Saturday and Adirondack on Sunday.

- Eric Baier is tied for first among defensemen with 12 assists.

- Orlando leads the league on the power play at 26.9 percent (14-for-52).

- The Solar Bears host South Carolina on Tuesday and Saturday and visit Atlanta on Friday.

- Mark Dekanich stopped 39 shots in a 3-0 win at Atlanta on Saturday to earn his first ECHL shutout.

- South Carolina is 7-2-0 when scoring first.

- The Stingrays are at Orlando on Tuesday and Saturday.

Midwest Division

- Nick Huard has nine points (3g-6a) in his last six games.

- The Cyclones have outscored their opponents 15-5 in the first period.

- Cincinnati hosts Fort Wayne on Wednesday and visits the Komets on Thursday and Quad City on Saturday.

- Daultan Leveille leads Evansville with nine points (6g-3a).

- Evansville is eighth with 31.46 shots per game.

- The IceMen are at Alaska on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

- Pat Nagle has appeared in six consecutive games.

- The Komets have scored at least one power-play goal in nine of their last 11 games.

- Fort Wayne is at Cincinnati on Wednesday and hosts the Cyclones on Thursday and Toledo on Saturday.

- Zach Miskovic appeared in his 300th professional game on Sunday against Quad City.

- Indy is 6-0-0 at home.

- The Fuel are at Wichita on Wednesday, Missouri on Friday and Saturday and Quad City on Sunday.

- Olivier Archambault has 12 points (4g-8a) in his last nine games.

- The Mallards have won five straight at home and are 7-0-1 in their last eight home games.

- Quad City is at Missouri on Wednesday, and hosts Kalamazoo on Friday, Cincinnati on Saturday and Indy on Sunday.

Central Division

- Chad Costello leads the league with 17 assists and 23 points.

- Allen has scored at least one power-play in five consecutive games.

- The Americans are at Utah on Friday and Saturday.

- Colin Markison is tied for third among rookies in plus-minus at +9.

- The Mavericks are 6-1-1 in one-goal games.

- Missouri hosts Quad City on Wednesday and Indy on Friday and Saturday before visiting Tulsa on Sunday.

- Adam Pleskach recorded his fourth career hat trick on Saturday at Allen and leads the Oilers with 14 points (4g-10a).

- Tulsa is sixth with 27.07 shots-against per game.

- The Oilers host Wichita on Friday, visit the Thunder on Saturday and host Missouri on Sunday.

- Andrew Huff has set new career highs in goals (3) and points (9).

- The Thunder have scored 14 of their 31 goals in the first period.

- Wichita host Indy on Wednesday and Tulsa on Friday before visiting the Oilers on Saturday.

West Division

- Tommaso Traversa is tied for first among rookies with seven goals.

- Alaska plays 12 of its next 15 games at home.

- The Aces host Evansville on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

- Jake Marto is tied for third among defensemen with 10 assists.

- The Eagles lead the league with 23.00 shots-against per game.

- Colorado hosts Florida on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

- Colton Beck has 13 points (4g-9a) in his last six games.

- Idaho concludes its season-long nine-game road trip this week.

- The Steelheads are at Rapid City on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

- Winston Day Chief leads Rapid City with 13 points (4g-9a).

- The Rush are 4-0-2 in one-goal games.

- Rapid City hosts Idaho on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

- Ryan Faragher is tied for the league lead with nine wins.

- Utah is off to its best start since 2011-12 at 9-5-2.

- The Grizzlies host Allen on Friday and Saturday.


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