SPHL Today: Februrary 02, 2024

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (February 2, 2024) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with five games this evening. You can follow all the action this season at http://sphltv.com/

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

Peoria Rivermen (23-8-4, 50 pts, 2nd)

• Zach Wilkie leads all defensemen with 30 points (6g, 24a), his 24 assists are the most among blueliners
• Alec Baer is third in the SPHL with 38 points (17g, 21a)
• Alec Hagaman is seventh (tied) with 34 points (17g, 17a)
• 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
• Franchise record, 8,701 fans vs Quad City on December 14th
• Peoria has not yet played Fayetteville

Fayetteville Marksmen (22-7-4, 48 pts, 3rd)

• Simon Boyko is second in the SPHL with 132 shots.
• Boyko ranks fourth in the SPHL with 37 points (18g, 19a)
• Boyko is fourth in the SPHL with 18 goals.
• Grant Loven is fourth among rookies with 27 points (10g, 17a)
• Kyle Soper is sixth among defensemen with 19 points (5g, 14a)
• Fayetteville has not yet played Peoria.

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

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (21-9-4, 46 pts, 4th)

• Nick Ford departed for Poland to play professionally.
• Xavier Filion leads all rookies with four game-winning goals. (tied)
• Austyn Roudebush is third in the SPHL in goals against average (2.33) and save percentage (.915)
• Brenden Pepe ranks fifth among defensemen with 21 points (5g, 16a)
• Dominiks Marcinkevics has recorded a goal in four consecutive home games, dating back to December 31st.
• Roanoke is 3-0-0 against Macon

Macon Mayhem (8-21-5, 21 Pts, 10th)

• Josh Boyko leads the SPHL with 663 saves.
• Alex LaPlante (19g, 11a) ranks third among rookies with 30 points.
• Michael McChesney is tied for the top spot overall with seven power-play goals and leads all rookies.
• McChesney also ranks Fifth among rookies with 26 points (15g, 11a)
• Macon is 0-2-1 against Roanoke

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

Knoxville Ice Bears (9-20-4, 22 pts, 9th)

• Brett Mecrones leads the Ice Bears with 26 points (16g, 10a)
• Jason Price is 10th among defensemen with 14 points (0g, 14a)
• Dawson McKinney (4g, 13a) ranks ninth among rookies with 17 points.
• Tyler Rollo (5g, 10a) ranks 11th (tied) among rookies with 15 points.
• Knoxville is 1-1-1 against Evansville

Evansville Thunderbolts (13-17-3, 29 pts, 8th)

• Cole Ceci ranks fifth among goaltenders with a 2.48 gaa, .923 sv% and his 12 wins are the fifth most.
• Myles Abatte ranks ninth among rookies with 17 points (6g, 11a)
• Bair Gendunov is 12th in the SPHL with 28 points (12g, 16a)
• Evansville is 2-1-0 against Knoxville

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

Birmingham Bulls (23-6-6, 52 pts, 1st)

• Hayden Stewart leads the SPHL in GAA (1.79), sv% (.935), wins (16), and leads the league lead in shutouts (3).
• Nikita Kozyrev is second among all rookies with 33 points (10g, 23a). His 23 assists are the most among rookies.
• Drake Glover ranks fifth in the SPHL with 36 points (22g, 14a). His 22 goals lead the SPHL.
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks sixth among rookies with 21 points (7g, 14a)
• Birmingham is 6-3-0 against Pensacola

Pensacola Ice Flyers (15-16-2, 32 pts, 7th)

• Recently acquired Joseph Widmar is third in the SPHL with 34 points (7g, 27a)
• Widmar’s 27 assists are the most in the SPHL.
• Zac Herrmann is first (tied) among defensemen with six goals and is fifth in points with 16 (6g, 10a)
• Garrett Milan is fourth (tied) with 30 points (8g, 22a). Milan’s 22 assists are the third most in the league (tied)
• Mitch Atkins has recorded at least one assist in each of his last four road games dating back to December 22nd.
• Pensacola is 3-6-0 against Birmingham

Huntsville @ Quad City (8:10 p.m. EST, 7:10 p.m. CST)

Huntsville Havoc (18-11-5, 41 pts, 5th)

• Brian Wilson is sixth among SPHL goaltenders with a 2.56 gaa and a .911 save percentage.
• Wilson also ranks fifth in the SPHL with 532 saves.
• David Thomson is third (tied) with three game-winning goals.
• Alex Kielczewski is third (tied) among defensemen with 21 points (4g, 17a) while his 17 assists are also third among blueliners.
• Huntsville is 1-0-0 against Fayetteville

Quad City Storm (16-16-0, 32 pts, 6th)

• Matt Ustaski had a 12-game point streak (21 pts) dating from December 15th – January 27th.
• Ustaski (21g, 19a) is second in the SPHL with 40 points and his 21 goals are the second most in the SPHL
• Leif Mattson is seventh (tied) in the SPHL with 34 points (16g, 18a)
• Defenseman Dillion Fournier is third amongst all blueliners with 24 points (3g, 21a). His 21 assists are the second most among defensemen.
• Quad City is 0-1-0 against Huntsville