SPHL Today: 01-07-23

Contact: awest@thesphl.com

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (January 7, 2023) – The Southern Professional Hockey League continues its 19th season with five games tonight. You can follow all the action this season at www.sphltv.com

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

Macon Mayhem (4-16-2)

• Tommy Munichiello (7g, 9a) leads the Mayhem with 16 points.
• CJ Hayes, Caleb Cameron and Tommy Munichiello lead the Mayhem with seven goals
• David Nippard’s 12 assists are a team-high.
• Rourke Russell is third amongst defensemen with seven power-play assists and eight power-play points (1g, 8a)
• The Mayhem are 0-6-0 against Roanoke

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (16-7-1)

• Billy Vizzo leads the Dawgs with 13 goals
• Nick Ford leads the Dawgs with 25 points (5g, 20a) his 20 assists are also first on the team
• Goalie Austyn Roudebush boasts a league-best 13 wins while ranking second with a 2.28 goals-against average
• Sit atop the SPHL with 34 points
• Roanoke is 6-0-0 against Macon

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

Huntsville Havoc (15-8-1)

• Goalie Nick Latinovich ranks second in the SPHL with 11 wins while his 2.69 gaa is the fourth-best amongst netminders
• Huntsville has the top two shooting percentage players with Kyle Clarke (37.5%) and Austin Martinsen (33.3%)
• Dominick Procopio is fourth in the league with a +18 rating
• Cole Reginato is third in the league in penalty minutes with 85
• Huntsville is 3-0-0 against Knoxville

Knoxville Ice Bears (13-9-3)

• Center Justin MacDonald leads the SPHL with 38 points (13g, 24a)
• MacDonald’s 24 assists are second in the league
• Brady Fleurent and Justin MacDonals share the SPHL lead with 14 goals
• Ice Bears are the only team with two 30+ point scorers
• When outshooting their opponents, Knoxville is 7-2-1
• Knoxville is 0-3-0 against Huntsville

Pensacola @ Birmingham (8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST)

Pensacola Ice Flyers (12-13-0)

• Garrett Milan leads the league with 25 assists and is one of five players with 30+ points (12g, 25a)
• Kolten Olynek (9g, 10a) is tied for fourth in rookie scoring with 19 points
• Ryan Orgel leads all rookies in power-play points (12) and power-play assists (10)
• The Ice Flyers have the top home power play, converting 20 of 52 chances (38.5%), while also having the top-ranked power play overall with 27 goals in 87 chances (31.0%)
• Pensacola is 2-3-0 against Birmingham

Birmingham Bulls (15-9-1)

• Carson Rose is tied for first in the league with 14 goals
• Gillespie’s 23 assists are third in the SPHL while his 12 goals rank tied for third among all players
• Michael Gillespie is third in the SPHL with 35 points (12g, 23a)
• Birmingham is 9-0-0 this season when scoring first
• The Bulls are 3-1-1 against Pensacola

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

Peoria Rivermen (15-5-2)

• Alec Baer leads the Rivermen in goals (13), assists (17), and points (30)
• Peoria is sitting second in the league standings while posting a 7-2-0 record over their last 10 games. Their 0.727 win percentage is the best in the league.
• Eric Levine is tied for the league lead with two shutouts
• Peoria is 3-1-0 against Evansville

Evansville Thunderbolts (15-9-2)

• Zane Steeves ranks third in the league with 10 wins while posting a 2.76 goals against average, good for sixth-best amongst netminders
• Mike Ferraro leads Evansville in points (29), goals (12), and assists (17)
• The Thunderbolts are 10-1-0 when scoring first
• Evansville is 2-2-1 against Peoria

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

Fayetteville Marksmen (13-10-2)

• Brian Bowen leads the Marksmen in both goals (13) and points (26)
• Bowen was named SPHL Player of the Week for the week of Dec 26 – Jan 1
• Austin Alger is tied for second in the league among rookies with eight power play points
• Taylor McCloy is tied for third in the SPHL with three game-winning goals
• Brian Bowen ranks tied for first in the league with 129 shots on goal
• Fayetteville is 2-0-0 against Quad City

Quad City Storm (11-11-2)

• Michael Moran is tied for second in the league with 13 goals, which also leads the team
• Tommy Tsicos leads the Storm with 11 assists
• Moran also ranks tied for third overall with five power-play goals
• Kevin Resop leads the league in both goals against average (2.19 gaa), and save percentage (0.933%)
• Quad City is 0-1-1 against Fayetteville