SPHL Today: February 17, 2024

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (February 17, 2024) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with five games this evening. You can follow all the action this season at http://sphltv.com/

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

Evansville Thunderbolts (15-21-3, 33 pts, 8th)

• Cole Ceci ranks fourth among goaltenders with a 2.48 gaa and .923 sv%; his 12 wins are the fifth most.
• Brendan Harrogate is third in the SPHL with 134 shots.
• Myles Abatte ranks 10th (tied) among rookies with 20 points (7g, 13a)
• Bair Gendunov is 13th in the SPHL with 28 points (12g, 16a)
• Scott Kirton is also tied for 13th in the SPHL with 28 points (14g, 14a), his 14 goals lead the Thunderbolts.
• Evansville is 1-2-0 against Roanoke

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (23-10-6, 52 pts, 4th)

• Xavier Filion is second among rookies with four game-winning goals.
• Brenden Pepe ranks fourth among defensemen with 23 points (5g, 18a). His 18 assists are tied for the fourth most among defensemen.
• Austyn Roudebush is sixth in the SPHL in goals against average (2.55) and save percentage (.907)
• Dominiks Marcinkevics has recorded a goal in four consecutive home games, dating back to December 31st.
• Roanoke is 2-1-0 against Evansville

Macon @ Knoxville (7:35 p.m. EST, 6:35 p.m. CST)

Macon Mayhem (9-25-5, 23 Pts, 10th)

• Josh Boyko is third in the SPHL with 663 saves.
• Alex LaPlante (21g, 12a) ranks third among rookies with 33 points.
• Michael McChesney is tied for the top spot overall with seven power-play goals and leads all rookies.
• McChesney also ranks fourth among rookies with 28 points (16g, 12a)
• Macon is 2-4-1 against Knoxville

Knoxville Ice Bears (13-21-4, 30 pts, 9th)

• Brett Mecrones leads the Ice Bears with 30 points (19g, 11a)
• Jason Price is eighth among defensemen with 15 points (0g, 15a)
• Dawson McKinney (7g, 14a) ranks 10th (tied) among rookies with 21 points.
• Tyler Rollo (5g, 14a) ranks 11th (tied) among rookies with 19 points.
• Knoxville is 5-2-0 against Macon

Huntsville @ Birmingham (8:05 p.m. EST, 7:05 p.m. CST)

Huntsville Havoc (20-14-5, 45 pts, 5th)

• Brian Wilson is fifth among SPHL goaltenders with a 2.49 gaa and a .912 save percentage.
• Wilson also ranks fifth in the SPHL with 601 saves.
• David Thomson is second (tied) with five game-winning goals.
• Alex Kielczewski is fourth among defensemen with 23 points (5g, 18a) while his 18 assists are also fourth (tied) among blueliners.
• Huntsville is 2-4-1 against Birmingham

Birmingham Bulls (27-7-6, 60 pts, 1st)

• Hayden Stewart leads the SPHL in GAA (1.78), sv% (.937), wins (19), and is second in the league lead in shutouts (3).
• Nikita Kozyrev is second among all rookies with 34 points (10g, 24a). His 24 assists are the most among rookies.
• Carson Rose ranks second in the SPHL with 42 points (17g, 25a)
• Drake Glover ranks third in the SPHL with 41 points (24g, 17a). His 24 goals lead the SPHL.
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks sixth among rookies with 24 points (9g, 15a)
• The Bulls are 18-1-4 when they score first this season.
• Birmingham is 5-1-1 against Huntsville

Quad City @ Pensacola (8:05 p.m. EST, 7:05 p.m. CST)

Quad City Storm (20-18-0, 40 pts, 6th)

• Matt Ustaski had a 12-game point streak (21 pts) dating from December 15th – January 27th.
• Ustaski (22g, 19a) is second (tied) in the SPHL with 41 points and his 22 goals are the second most in the SPHL
• Leif Mattson is sixth in the SPHL with 37 points (16g, 21a)
• Defenseman Dillion Fournier is third amongst all blueliners with 25 points (3g, 22a). His 22 assists are the second most among defensemen.
• Quad City is 3-0-0 against Pensacola

Pensacola Ice Flyers (17-19-2, 36 pts, 7th)

• Recently acquired Joseph Widmar is third in the SPHL with 40 points (9g, 31a)
• Widmar’s 31 assists are the most in the SPHL.
• Zac Herrmann is tied for the lead among defensemen with six goals and is seventh in points with 17 (7g, 10a)
• Garrett Milan is eighth (tied) with 34 points (9g, 25a). Milan’s 25 assists are the third most in the league (tied)
• Pensacola is 0-3-0 against Quad City

Fayetteville @ Peoria (8:15 p.m. EST, 7:15 p.m. CST)

Fayetteville Marksmen (25-9-4, 54 pts, 3rd)

• Simon Boyko is second in the SPHL with 132 shots.
• Boyko ranks sixth in the SPHL with 37 points (18g, 19a) (tied)
• Boyko is fourth in the SPHL with 18 goals. (tied)
• Grant Loven is fourth among rookies with 31 points (11g, 20a)
• Kyle Soper (5g, 14a) and Matt Araujo (5g, 14a) are tied for fifth among defensemen with 19 points
• Fayetteville is 17-1-1 when scoring first this season.
• Fayetteville is 2-1-0 against Peoria.

Peoria Rivermen (25-10-5, 55 pts, 2nd)

• Nick Latinovich leads the SPHL with five shutouts.
• Zach Wilkie leads all defensemen with 33 points (7g, 26a), both are the most among blueliners
• Alec Baer leads the SPHL with 44 points (19g, 25a)
• Alec Hagaman is sixth (tied) with 37 points (18g, 19a)
• Tristan Trudel is fourth among all rookies with 12 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
• Peoria is 17-3-2 when scoring first this season.
• Peoria is 1-2-0 against Fayetteville