SPHL Today: December 16, 2023

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (December 16, 2023) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with four games this evening. You can follow all the action this season at http://sphltv.com/

Fayetteville @ Macon (6:30 p.m. EST, 5:30 p.m. CST)

Fayetteville Marksmen (12-5-2, 26 pts, 1st)

• Simon Boyko leads the SPHL with 78 shots
• Boyko is third (tied) with 10 goals
• Tyler Kobryn is sixth (tied) in the SPHL with 14 points (8g, 6a)
• Ryan Leith is second (tied) among rookies with a +9 rating
• Home opener record 4,711 fans packed the Crown Coliseum
• Fayetteville is 3-0-0 against Macon

Macon Mayhem (4-9-4, 12 Pts, 9th)

• Josh Boyko leads the SPHL with 413 saves
• Alex LaPlante (7g, 6a) ranks third (tied) among rookies with 13 points
• LaPlante ranks second among rookies with a +8 rating
• Tommy Munichello is fifth (tied) with 15 points (4g, 11a)
• CJ Hayes ranks sixth (tied) with 12 points (5g, 7a)
• Macon is 0-3-0 against Fayetteville

Birmingham @ Roanoke (7:05 p.m. EST, 6:05 p.m. CST)

Birmingham Bulls (11-4-2, 24 pts, 2nd)

• Hayden Stewart was named SPHL Player of the Month after posting a 7-2-0 record, 1.43 gaa, and a .940 sv% which are all league-best
• Stewart leads the SPHL in GAA (1.39), sv% (.946), wins (9) and leads the league lead in shutouts (3).
• Nikita Kozyrev is second among all rookies with 15 points (5g, 10a). His 10 assists are the most (tied) among rookies
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks third (tied) among rookies with nine assists
• Drake Glover ranks third (tied) in the SPHL with 17 points (10g, 7a). His 10 goals are third-most in the SPHL
• Birmingham has not yet played Roanoke

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (8-5-3, 19 pts, 5th)

• Nick Ford ranks fourth (tied) with 16 points (3g, 13a)
• Ford’s 13 assists are third in the SPHL
• Austyn Roudebush is second in the SPHL in goals against average (1.73) and save percentage (.939)
• Hoisted their 2023 Presidents Cup banner in front of their home crowd for the first time in franchise history
• Roanoke has not yet played Birmingham

Peoria @ Evansville (8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST)

Peoria Rivermen (11-5-1, 23 pts, 3rd)

• Zach Wilkie leads the SPHL with a +12 rating
• Joseph Widmar leads the league with 19 points (tied) (5g, 14a), his 14 assists are second-best (tied)
• Mike Gelatt (6g, 7a) is fourth (tied) in points among rookies with 13 (6g, 7a)
• Ryan Nolan is third among all rookies with eight goals
• Coach’s son Tristian Trudel suits up for the Rivermen this season, becoming the first-ever father-son coaching and playing duo in SPHL history
• Expecting close to 8,000 fans vs Quad City
• Peoria is 4-1-0 against Evansville

Evansville Thunderbolts (5-11-1, 11 pts, 10th)

• Bair Gendunov is second (tied) with 18 points (7g, 11a)
• Matt Dorsey ranks sixth among rookies with 11 points (5g, 6a)
• Chays Ruddy ranks sixth (tied) among defensemen with eight points (4g, 4a)
• Evansville leads the SPHL with an average of 23.19 penalty minutes per game through four games
• Evansville is 1-4-0 against Peoria

Pensacola @ Huntsville (8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST)

Pensacola Ice Flyers (11-7-0, 22 pts, 4th)

• Zac Herrmann leads all defensemen with four goals and is third in points with 11 (4g, 7a)
• Garrett Milan is second with 18 points (6g, 12a) while his 12 assists are third in the SPHL
• Brett Mercones is third (tied) with 17 points (11g, 6a) and his 11 goals lead the SPHL (tied)
• Ivan Bondarenko leads the league (tied) with 14 assists
• Stephen Mundinger ranks fourth among goaltenders with a 2.20 goals-against average and .929 save percentage
Pensacola is 1-1-0 against Huntsville

Huntsville Havoc (8-9-2, 18 pts, 6th)

• Brian Wilson is third among SPHL goaltenders with a 1.98 gaa and a .929 save percentage.
• Wilson also ranks third in the SPHL with 260 saves
• Alex Kielczewski is second (tied) among defensemen with 13 points (2g, 11a) while his 11 assists are also second (tied) among blueliners.
• Huntsville is 1-0-1 against Pensacola