SPHL Today: November 24, 2023

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (November 24, 2023) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with five games tonight. You can follow all the action this season at https://flosports.link/SPHL

Macon @ Knoxville (6:00 p.m. EST, 5:00 p.m. CST)

Macon Mayhem (3-4-3, 8 Pts, 8th)

• Alex LaPlante (4g, 5a) and Michael McChesney (3g, 6a) rank fourth (tied) among rookies with nine points
• CJ Hayes ranks fifth (tied) with 12 points (5g, 7a)
• Tommy Munichello is fifth (tied) with 12 points (3g, 9a)
• Macon is 2-0-0 against Knoxville

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

• Brady Fleurent is second (tied) in the SPHL with nine goals
• Fleurent is also fourth (tied) with 13 points (9g, 4a)
• Kristian Stead is third in the league with 247 saves
• Cameron Hough is third (tied) in the SPHL with 42 shots
• Knoxville is 0-2-0 against Macon

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

Fayetteville Marksmen (9-2-2, 20 pts, 1st)

• Simon Boyko leads the SPHL with five powerplay points (tied)
• Ryan Leith is second (tied) with a +11 rating
• Boyko (51) and Tyler Kobryn (49) rank first and second in shots
• Tyler Kobryn is fourth (tied) in the SPHL with 13 points (7g, 6a)
• Boyko is second (tied) in the SPHL among rookies with 11 points (6g, 5a)
• Grant Loven (4g, 6a), and Dalton Hunter (2g, 8a) rank second (tied) among rookies in points with 10
• Home opener record 4,711 fans packed the Crown Coliseum
• Fayetteville is 0-1-1 against Roanoke

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (5-4-2, 12 pts, 6th)

• CJ Stubbs is second (tied) in the league with three powerplay goals
• Nick Ford ranks third with 14 points (2g, 12a)
• Ford’s 12 assists lead the SPHL
• Austyn Roudebush ranks third 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 is 2-0-0 against Fayetteville

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

Peoria Rivermen (7-1-1, 15 pts, 3rd)

• Cale List leads the SPHL with a +12 rating
• Mike Gelatt (6g, 7a) leads all rookie scoring with 13 points
• Joseph Widmar leads the SPHL with 16 points (5g, 11a).
• Ryan Nolan (6g, 4a) is third (tied) among rookies with 10 points
• 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 Huntsville

Huntsville Havoc (6-5-1, 13 pts, 5th)

• Doug Elgstam is third in the SPHL with eight goals
• Alex Kielczewski ranks first (tied) among defensemen with 10 points (2g, 8a)
• Kielczewski also ranks first (tied) among defensemen with eight assists
• Dylan Stewart ranks sixth (tied) among rookies with seven points (2g, 5a)
• Brian Wilson is fifth in the SPHL with a .929 save percentage
• Huntsville has not yet played Peoria

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

Pensacola Ice Flyers (8-4-0, 16 pts, 2nd)

• Brett Mercones is second in the league with 15 points while his 10 goals are a league-best
• Ivan Bondarenko ranks second (tied) in the league with 11 assists
• Bondarenko is also fourth (tied) in the league with 13 points (2g, 11a)
• Jordan Henderson is third (tied) among defensemen with eight points (2g, 6a). His six assists are also second-most among defensemen
• Stephen Mundinger leads all SPHL goaltenders with a 1.21 goals-against average
• Pensacola is 3-1-0 against Birmingham

Birmingham Bulls (7-4-0, 14 pts, 4th)

• Drake Glover leads the league with three game-winning goals
• Glover (6g, 5a) is sixth (tied) with 11 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 is also second in the SPHL with a 1.49 goals-against average
• Nikita Kozyrev was named the SPHL Player of the Week last week after his six-point weekend which included a hat trick and three assists
• Birmingham is 1-3-0 against Pensacola

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

Evansville Thunderbolts (1-8-1, 3 pts, 10th)

• Grayson Valente ranks sixth (tied) among defensemen with five points (2g, 3a)
• Evansville leads the SPHL with an average of 25.00 penalty minutes per game through four games
• Bair Gendunov leads the Thunderbolts with nine points (4g, 5a)
• Evansville is 0-2-0 against Quad City

Quad City Storm (5-4-0, 10 pts, 7th)

• Matt Ustaski ranks fourth (tied) with 13 points (9g, 4a)
• Defenseman John DeRoche is seventh (tied) amongst all blue liners with four points (1g, 3a)
• Ustaski is fifth in shooting percentage (26.5%)
• Tommy Tsicos scored a goal in his 200th appearance for the franchise in a 4-1 defeat to the Rivermen
• Quad City is 2-0-0 against Evansville