SPHL Today: November 17, 2023

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (November 17, 2023) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with four games tonight. You can follow all the action this season at https://flosports.link/SPHL

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

Huntsville Havoc (5-3-1, 11 pts, 5th)

• Doug Elgstam is second in the SPHL with seven goals
• Elgstam also ranks tied for fifth with seven points (7g, 1a)
• Alex Kielczewski leads all defensemen with six assists
• Kielczewski also ranks second among defensemen with seven points (1g, 6a)
• Huntsville has not yet played Fayetteville

Fayetteville Marksmen (6-2-2, 14 pts, 1st)

• Simon Boyko leads the SPHL with five powerplay points
• Max Johnson and teammate Ryan Leith are tied for second with a +9 rating
• Boyko (41) and Tyler Kobryn (35) rank first and second in shots
• Tyler Kobryn is tied for third in the SPHL with 10 points (4g, 6a)
• Boyko (4g, 4a) John Moncovich (2g, 5a), and Dalton Hunter (1g, 6a) rank third and fourth among rookies in points
• Johnson is tied for third with six goals
• Home opener record 4,711 fans packed the Crown Coliseum
• Fayetteville has not yet played Huntsville

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

Evansville Thunderbolts (1-5-1, 3 pts, 10th)

• Grayson Valente ranks tied for fourth among defensemen with five points (2g, 3a)
• Bair Gendunov ranks fifth in the SPHL with eight points (4g, 4a)
• Evansville leads the SPHL with an average of 27.43 penalty minutes per game through four games
• Evansville has not yet played Knoxville

Knoxville Ice Bears (2-8-0, 4 pts, 9th)

• Brady Fleurent is second in the SPHL with seven goals
• Riley Robertson leads all defensemen with one shorthanded assist
• Kristian Stead leads the league with 187 saves
• Jason Price is tied for sixth among defensemen with three points (3a)
• Fleurent is also third in the SPHL in shots with 33
• Knoxville has not yet played Evansville

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

Pensacola Ice Flyers (6-3-0, 12 pts, 3rd)

• Ivan Bondarenko leads the league with 10 assists
• Brett Mercones is second in the league with seven goals
• Jordan Henderson ranks tied for first among defensemen with eight points (2g, 6a). His six assists are tied for the most among defensemen
• Stephen Mundinger ranks second among goaltenders with a 1.44 goals-against average
• Pensacola is 2-0-0 against Birmingham

Birmingham Bulls (5-3-0, 10 pts, 6th)

• Drake Glover (4g, 5a) and Carson Rose (2g, 7a) rank tied for fourth with nine points
• Michael Gillespie leads the league in shooting percentage (five goals on 11 shots) 45.5%
• Hayden Stewart leads the SPHL with two shutouts
• Stewart also leads the SPHL with a 1.25 goals-against average and a .947 save percentage
• Birmingham is 0-2-0 against Pensacola

Roanoke @ Peoria (8:10 p.m. EST, 7:10 p.m. CST)

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (5-1-2, 12 pts, 2nd)

• CJ Stubbs leads the league with three powerplay goals
• Nick Ford ranks tied for second with 11 points (2g, 9a)
• Ford’s nine assists are the second most in the SPHL
• Austyn Roudebush ranks fourth among goalies with a 1.73 goals-against-average
• Hoisted their 2023 Presidents Cup banner in front of their home crowd for the first time in franchise history
• Roanoke has not yet played Peoria

Peoria Rivermen (5-0-1, 11 pts, 4th)

• Joseph Widmar is tied for second with eight points (1g, 7a). His seven assists are also tied for the league lead
• Zach Wilkie (+10) and Ryan Nolan (+9) lead the SPHL in plus/minus rating
• Mike Gelatt (3g, 7a) and Ryan Nolan (6g, 4a) are tied for the rookie scoring lead with 10 points
• Nick Latinovich is third amongst goalies with a 1.72 gaa
• Tristan Trudel leads all rookies with two power-play goals
• Wilkie (+10) and Cale List (+8) are first and second among defensemen in plus/minus rating
• 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 has not yet played Roanoke