Following a format we used yesterday as a final goodbye to the CHL and the time Alec Martinez spent there with the Allen Americans, here’s a quick recap of Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis in the ECHL (for anybody who wasn’t paying much attention during the NHL lockout). The story culminates with the two of them facing off last Friday night, Clifford playing for the Ontario Reign and Lewis for the Utah Grizzlies…
11/9/2012 – Clifford plays in charity game vs. ‘the Ducks’ (photo gallery)
11/20/2012 – Clifford signs with Ontario (his initial thoughts)
11/23/2012 – Clifford makes his ECHL debut (photo gallery and game recap)
11/24/2012 – Clifford scores his first ECHL goal (video and post-game comments)
12/10/2012 – Clifford fined by the ECHL and is removed from line-up with an injury
1/1/2013 – Clifford and the Reign kick of 2013 at Indoor Winter Classic in Las Vegas
1/5/2013 – In Clifford’s final game with the Reign he scored during the shootout
In nine ECHL games Clifford posted seven points total (three goals, four assists).
10/23/2012 – Lewis comes on the MayorsManor show and (in between funny stories about his Kings teammates) breaks the news that he’s considering going to the ECHL
11/9/2012 – Lewis and a handful of other Kings play in a charity game in El Segundo (photos and post-game quotes)
12/24/2012 – Lewis agrees to deal with Utah (MM broke the story)
12/27/2012 – Lewis skates in first practice with the Grizzlies (MM photo gallery)
12/28/2012 – Lewis makes his ECHL debut, scores his first goal (video)
12/29/2012 – Lewis nets two assists in second game vs Reign (video)
1/4/2013 – Lewis talks about offering to fight Clifford (game preview)
Lewis finished with nine points (three goals, six assists) in six games played.
And finally, the photo gallery from Clifford v Lewis (Utah at Ontario):
Lewis finished the game with a pair of goals, but the Reign came out on top by a final score of 6-4. Back in the locker room after things were over, the chirping didn’t stop.
Clifford told MayorsManor, “The first thing he [Lewis] said to me was ‘Don’t hit me!'”
Regarding the idea of Lewis challenging him to a fight, Clifford quipped, “He’s all talk.”
For his part, Lewis remarked how “weird” it was to see Clifford on the other side of the ice during the game, but noted they didn’t have too many opportunities to hit each other with the puck in play. Instead, between whistles, Lewis said at one point they found themselves asking, ‘Who would have ever thought this would be happening?’
With it all behind them now, they probably hope it was the last time for many years to come.
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