The Reign’s poor start to the season failed to land them any all-star starters when the final voting was revealed today. One former Reign was chosen to make the trip to Bakersfield on Jan. 26, however: Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman P.J. Atherton.
Atherton had eight goals and 21 points in 33 regular-season games in the Reign’s inaugural season, and also had a strong seven-game playoff series (one goal, five assists) against the Stockton Thunder in 2009. Atherton currently leads all ECHL defensemen with 15 assists, ranks second with 21 points and is tied for third with six goals in 29 games. Atherton’s plus-9 rating leads the Salmon Kings.
The rest of the starters:
G – Michael Ouzas, Las Vegas (16 gp, 11-3-1, 1 shutout, 2.24 GAA, .921 save pct.)
D – Julien Brouillette, Greenville (25 gp, 11g, 12a, 23 pts)
F – Brendan Connolly, Greenville (27 gp, 13g, 15a, 28 pts)
F – Mark Derlago, Idaho (30 gp, 15g, 16a, 31 pts)
F – Mitch Fadden, Florida (32 gp, 15g, 32a, 47 pts)
The starting lineup is determined in voting by ECHL coaches, team captains, media directors, broadcasters and media members. The reserves will be announced Thursday. Here’s what the ECHL had to say about each player in its press release:
Michael Ouzas of Las Vegas is third in the ECHL with a 2.24 goals-against average, is tied for third with 11 wins and is fifth with a .921 save percentage. He was named ECHL Goaltender of the Month for November after going 4-0-1 during the month with one shutout, a 1.36 goals-against average and a save percentage of .955.
Currently loaned to Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, Greenville’s Julien Brouillette leads ECHL defensemen with 11 goals and 23 points and is second with a plus-minus rating of +16.
Joining Brouillete in the starting line-up is Road Warriors’ teammate Brendan Connolly who ranks third in the ECHL with a +15 and is tied for second on the squad in scoring with 28 points (15g-13a) in 27 games. He was named ECHL Player of the Month and Plus Performer of the Month in November.
Idaho’s Mark Derlago is making his second ECHL All-Star appearance after representing the Bakersfield Condors in 2009. Derlago is tied for second in the league with 15 goals and is tied for fifth with 31 points.
Rounding out the starting lineup is Florida’s Mitch Fadden. The 22 year old leads the ECHL with 32 assists, 47 points, 17 power-play assists and 20 power-play points.