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Fort Wayne Komets Forward Brandon Marino has won the ECHL league scoring championship with 88 points (30 goals, 58 assists)

Marino, 27, also led the ECHL with a career high 58 assists and appeared in all 72 Fort Wayne games. The Riverside, California native was named to the All-ECHL First Team last week.  In addition to the league award, Marino was named the Komets’ MVP for 2013-14 Saturday night following Fort Wayne’s 4-3 shootout win over the visiting Toledo Walleye in the season finale.

Marino becomes the first Komet to win a league scoring title since Lonnie Loach won the IHL Lamoureaux Memorial Trophy in 1990-91.  Marino also became the first Komet player to reach 30 goals in a season since P.C. Drouin netted 32 in 2008-09.

Marino has scored a total of 50 goals and 112 assists for 162 points during his two-year career of 143 games in the ECHL with Fort Wayne.  2013-14 was the right winger’s fifth pro year. Previous to his time with the Komets, Marino was named to the All-CHL First Team in 2011-12 and earned the CHL MVP award for the same season.

A West Coast girl, born and raised in the Bay Area in the most non-traditional Hockey Market you could imagine for a long time... When the Sharks came to town it changed the Bay Area hockey landscape forever. Her first love will always be the Red Wings but she has embraced the Sharks since their debut in 1991. She has a passion for minor league grind-it-out-in the-corners hockey. Her heart broke when the ECHL Bulls folded , but luckily the Stockton Thunder are still close enough for her to get her gritty-hockey fix. Besides watching hockey, she is an American Tribal Style belly-dancer and trolls the blue-line, playing defence in a local rec hockey league... A somehow strange but balanced juxtaposition.

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