SPHL Today: 01-14-23

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (January 14, 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 (6:00 p.m. EST, 5:00 p.m. CST)

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (18-7-2)

• Billy Vizzo leads the Dawgs with 13 goals
• Nick Ford and Mac Jansen lead the Dawgs with 26 points
• Nick Ford’s 20 assists are a team-best
• Goalie Austyn Roudebush boasts a league-best 14 wins while ranking second with a 2.27 goals-against average
• The Dawgs sit atop the SPHL with 36 points
• Roanoke is 6-3-1 against Fayetteville

Fayetteville Marksmen (15-11-2)

• 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 140 shots on goal
• Fayetteville is 4-5-1 against Roanoke

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

Evansville Thunderbolts (16-11-2)

• Zane Steeves ranks third in the league with 10 wins while posting a 2.89 goals against average, good for seventh-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 3-2-0 against Huntsville

Huntsville Havoc (16-9-2)

• Goalie Nick Latinovich ranks second in the SPHL with 12 wins, while his 2.62 gaa is the fifth-best amongst netminders
• Huntsville has two of the top three shooting percentage players with Kyle Clarke (33.3%) and Austin Martinsen (30.0%)
• Dominick Procopio leads the league with a +20 rating
• Cole Reginato is fifth in the league in penalty minutes with 85
• Huntsville is 2-3-0 against Evansville

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

Quad City Storm (12-13-2)

• Michael Moran is tied for third in the league with 14 goals, which also leads the team
• Tommy Tsicos leads the Storm with 12 assists
• Moran also ranks tied for third overall with five power-play goals
• Kevin Resop leads the league in both goals against average (2.24 gaa), and save percentage (0.930%)
• Quad City is 5-1-0 against Vermilion County

Vermilion County Bobcats (4-20-1)

• Austin Albrecht leads the Bobcats in both assists (16) and points (20)
• Davis Kirkendall leads the team lead with six goals, two of them being on the power play and one being a game-winning goal
• Vermilion County is 1-5-0 against Quad City

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

Pensacola Ice Flyers (13-14-0)

• Garrett Milan leads the league with 25 assists
• 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 28 goals in 94 chances (29.8%)
• Pensacola is 2-4-0 against Birmingham

Birmingham Bulls (17-9-1)

• Carson Rose is tied for third in the league with 14 goals
• Michael Gillespie is tied for second in the SPHL with 38 points (15g, 23a)
• Gillespie’s 23 assists are third in the SPHL while his 15 goals are second
• Birmingham is 11-0-0 this season when scoring first
• The Bulls are 4-1-1 against Pensacola

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

Knoxville Ice Bears (15-9-3)

• Center Justin MacDonald leads the SPHL with 42 points (18g, 24a), and his 18 goals are a league-best
• MacDonald’s 24 assists are second in the league
• MacDonald’s 11 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 1-1-1 against Peoria

Peoria Rivermen (16-7-2)

• Alec Baer leads the Rivermen in goals (14), assists (18), and points (32)
• Baer is third in the league with 11 power play assists
• Tyler Barrow leads all rookies with 26 points (11g, 15a)
• Eric Levine is tied for the league lead with two shutouts
• Peoria is 2-1-0 against Knoxville