SPHL Today: 01-13-23

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (January 13, 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

Roanoke @ Fayetteville (7:15 p.m. EST, 6:15 p.m. CST)

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (17-7-2)

• Billy Vizzo leads the Dawgs with 13 goals
• Nick Ford and Mac Jansen lead the Dawgs with 25 points
• Nick Ford’s 20 assists are a team-best
• Goalie Austyn Roudebush boasts a league-best 13 wins while ranking second with a 2.28 goals-against average
• The Dawgs sit atop the SPHL with 36 points
• Roanoke is 5-3-1 against Fayetteville

Fayetteville Marksmen (15-10-2)

• Brian Bowen leads the Marksmen in goals (14), assists (15), and points (29)
• Austin Alger is second among rookies with nine 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 138 shots on goal
• Fayetteville is 4-4-1 against Roanoke

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

Evansville Thunderbolts (16-10-2)

• Zane Steeves ranks third in the league with 10 wins while posting a 2.70 goals against average, good for sixth-best amongst netminders
• Scott Kirton leads the Thunderbolts with 14 goals
• Mike Ferraro leads Evansville in assists (19) and points (31)
• The Thunderbolts are 11-1-0 when scoring first
• Evansville is 1-2-1 against Birmingham

Birmingham Bulls (16-9-1)

• Carson Rose is tied for second in the league with 14 goals
• Michael Gillespie is third in the SPHL with 36 points (13g, 23a)
• Gillespie’s 23 assists are second in the SPHL while his 13 goals rank tied for third
• Birmingham is 10-0-0 this season when scoring first
• The Bulls are 3-1-0 against Evansville

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

Pensacola Ice Flyers (12-14-0)

• 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 third 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 91 chances (29.7%)
• Pensacola is 2-5-0 against Huntsville

Huntsville Havoc (16-9-1)

• Goalie Nick Latinovich ranks second in the SPHL with 12 wins, while his 2.62 gaa is the fifth-best amongst netminders
• Huntsville has the top two shooting percentage players with Kyle Clarke (33.3%) and Austin Martinsen (32.4%)
• Dominick Procopio leads the league with a +20 rating
• Cole Reginato is third in the league in penalty minutes with 85
• Huntsville is 5-1-1 against Pensacola

Vermilion County @ Quad City (8:00 p.m. EST, 7:00 p.m. CST)

Vermilion County Bobcats (4-19-1)

• Austin Albrecht leads the Bobcats in both assists (15) and points (19) while also posting a +1 rating
• Davis Kirkendall is tied for the team lead with five goals, two of them being on the power play and one being a game-winning goal
• Vermilion County is 1-4-0 against Quad City

Quad City Storm (11-13-2)

• Michael Moran is tied for second in the league with 14 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 (2.25 gaa), and save percentage (0.930%)
• Quad City is 4-1-0 against Vermilion County

Knoxville @ Peoria (8:15 p.m. EST, 7:15 p.m. CST)

Knoxville Ice Bears (14-9-3)

• Center Justin MacDonald leads the SPHL with 39 points (15g, 24a), and his 15 goals are a league-best
• MacDonald’s 24 assists are second in the league
• MacDonald’s nine power play goals are the most in the league
• Knoxville and Huntsville are the only teams with two 30+ point scorers
• When outshooting their opponents, Knoxville is 7-2-1
• Knoxville is 0-1-1 against Peoria

Peoria Rivermen (16-6-2)

• Alec Baer leads the Rivermen in goals (14), assists (18), and points (32)
• Peoria is tied for second in the league standings, posting a 6-3-1 record over their last 10 games. Their 0.708 winning percentage is the best in the league.
• Eric Levine is tied for the league lead with two shutouts
• Peoria is 2-0-0 against Knoxville