SPHL Today: February 23, 2024

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (February 23, 2024) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with five games this evening. You can follow all the action this season at http://sphltv.com/

Birmingham @ Macon (7:00 p.m. EST, 6:00 p.m. CST)

Birmingham Bulls (28-7-7, 63 pts, 1st)

• Hayden Stewart leads the SPHL in GAA (1.86), sv% (.934), wins (20), and is second in the league lead in shutouts (3).
• Nikita Kozyrev leads all rookies with 40 points (11g, 29a). His 29 assists are the most among rookies.
• Carson Rose leads the SPHL with 45 points (19g, 26a) (tied)
• Drake Glover is tied for the lead in the SPHL with 45 points (26g, 19a). His 26 goals lead the SPHL.
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks sixth among rookies with 25 points (10g, 15a)
• The Bulls are 20-1-4 when they score first this season.
• Birmingham is 3-0-1 against Macon

Macon Mayhem (11-25-5, 27 Pts, 10th)

• Josh Boyko is fourth in the SPHL with 663 saves.
• Alex LaPlante (23g, 12a) ranks third among rookies with 35 points. His 23 goals lead all rookies.
• 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 1-3-0 against Birmingham

Quad City @ Fayetteville (7:00 p.m. EST, 6:00 p.m. CST)

Quad City Storm (21-19-0, 42 pts, 6th)

• Matt Ustaski had a 12-game point streak (21 pts) dating from December 15th – January 27th.
• Ustaski (23g, 22a) is tied for the league lead in the SPHL with 45 points and his 23 goals are the second most in the SPHL
• Leif Mattson is sixth in the SPHL with 39 points (18g, 21a)
• Defenseman Dillion Fournier is third amongst all blueliners with 26 points (3g, 23a). His 23 assists are the second most among defensemen.
• Quad City is 1-1-0 against Fayetteville

Fayetteville Marksmen (25-11-4, 54 pts, 3rd)

• Boyko ranks sixth in the SPHL with 37 points (18g, 19a) (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 1-0-1 against Quad City

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

Pensacola Ice Flyers (18-20-2, 38 pts, 7th)

• Recently acquired Joseph Widmar is second in the SPHL with 43 points (11g, 32a)
• Widmar’s 32 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 19 (7g, 12a)
• Garrett Milan is eighth (tied) with 37 points (10g, 27a). Milan’s 27 assists are the third most in the league (tied)
• Pensacola is 2-0-0 against Knoxville

Knoxville Ice Bears (14-22-4, 32 pts, 9th)

• Jason Price is eighth among defensemen with 15 points (0g, 15a)
• Dawson McKinney (7g, 14a) ranks 10th (tied) among rookies with 24 points. The 24 points are the most by an Ice Bears player this season.
• Tyler Rollo (5g, 14a) ranks 11th (tied) among rookies with 19 points.
• Knoxville is 0-2-0 against Pensacola

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

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (23-11-7, 53 pts, 4th)

• Xavier Filion is second among rookies with four game-winning goals.
• Brenden Pepe ranks fourth among defensemen with 24 points (5g, 19a). His 19 assists are tied for the fourth most among defensemen.
• Austyn Roudebush is sixth in the SPHL in goals against average (2.62) and save percentage (.905)
• Dominiks Marcinkevics has recorded a goal in four consecutive home games, dating back to December 31st.
• Roanoke is 2-2-1 against Huntsville

Huntsville Havoc (20-15-6, 46 pts, 5th)

• Brian Wilson is fifth among SPHL goaltenders with a 2.60 gaa and a .906 save percentage.
• Wilson also ranks fifth in the SPHL with 639 saves.
• David Thomson is second (tied) with five game-winning goals.
• Alex Kielczewski is fourth among defensemen with 24 points (5g, 19a) while his 19 assists are also fourth (tied) among blueliners.
• Huntsville is 3-1-1 against Roanoke

Evansville @ Peoria (8:05 p.m. EST, 7:05 p.m. CST)

Evansville Thunderbolts (17-21-3, 37 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 22 points (9g, 13a)
• Scott Kirton is also tied for 13th in the SPHL with 28 points (14g, 14a), his 14 goals lead the Thunderbolts.
• Evansville is 3-6-1 against Peoria

Peoria Rivermen (27-10-5, 59 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 45 points (19g, 26a) (tied)
• Alec Hagaman is fifth (tied) with 37 points (18g, 19a)
• 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 20-3-2 when scoring first this season.
• Peoria is 7-2-1 against Evansville