SPHL Today: 01-21-23

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (January 21, 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

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

Birmingham Bulls (18-11-1)

• Michael Gillespie is second in the league with 19 goals
• Gillespie is tied for second in the SPHL with 43 points (19g, 24a)
• Gillespie’s 24 assists are tied for third in the SPHL
• Birmingham is a league-best 12-0-0 this season when scoring first
• The Bulls are 0-2-0 against Roanoke

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (20-7-2)

• Billy Vizzo leads the Dawgs with 13 goals
• Nick Ford leads the Dawgs with 29 points (8g, 21a)
• Ford’s 21 assists are a team-best
• Goalie Austyn Roudebush boasts a league-best 16 wins and his 2.24 goals-against average is tops in the league
• The Dawgs sit tied atop the SPHL standings with 42 points
• Roanoke is 2-0-0 against Birmingham

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

Evansville Thunderbolts (17-12-2)

• Zane Steeves ranks tied for fourth in the league with 10 wins
• Scott Kirton leads the Thunderbolts with 16 goals
• Mike Ferraro leads Evansville in assists (19) and points (31)
• The Thunderbolts are 12-1-0 when scoring first
• Evansville is 1-1-0 against Knoxville

Knoxville Ice Bears (16-11-3)

• Center Justin MacDonald leads the SPHL with 47 points (21g, 26a), and his 21 goals are a league-best
• MacDonald’s 26 assists are second in the league
• MacDonald’s 11 power play goals are the most in the league
• When outshooting their opponents, Knoxville is 7-2-1
• Knoxville is 1-1-0 against Evansville

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

Fayetteville Marksmen (15-14-2)

• Drake Glover leads the Marksmen with 15 goals
• Brian Bowen leads the Marksmen in assists (18), and points (32)
• Austin Alger is second among rookies with 11 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 155 shots on goal
• Fayetteville is 0-1-0 Huntsville

Huntsville Havoc (19-9-2)

• Goalie Nick Latinovich ranks second in the SPHL with 14 wins, while his 2.63 gaa is tied for the fourth-best amongst netminders
• Huntsville has two of the top four shooting percentage players with Austin Martinsen (27.3%), and Kyle Clarke (26.9%)
• Dominick Procopio leads the league with a +24 rating
• Huntsville is 1-0-0 against Fayetteville

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

Quad City Storm (13-15-2)

• Michael Moran is tied for fifth in the league with 14 goals, which also leads the team
• Tommy Tsicos leads the Storm with 12 assists
• Moran also ranks tied for sixth with five power play goals
• Quad City is 6-1-0 against Vermilion County

Vermilion County Bobcats (4-21-2)

• Austin Albrecht leads the Bobcats in goals (6), assists (19) and points (25)
• Davis Kirkendall is also tied for the team lead with six goals, two of them being on the power play and one being a game-winning goal
• Vermilion County is 1-6-0 against Quad City

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

Macon Mayhem (4-19-2)

• Tommy Munichiello (7g, 10a), and David Nippard (4g, 13a) are tied for the Mayhem lead with 17 points.
• CJ Hayes, Caleb Cameron, and Tommy Munichiello lead the Mayhem with seven goals
• David Nippard’s 13 assists are a team high.
• Rourke Russell is tied for fourth amongst defensemen with seven power-play assists and is tied for fifth with eight power-play points (1g, 7a)
• The Mayhem are 1-5-2 against Pensacola

Pensacola Ice Flyers (15-15-0)

• Garrett Milan leads the league with 28 assists
• Kolten Olynek (9g, 10a) is fifth in rookie scoring with 20 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 26 of 66 chances (39.4%), while also having the top-ranked power play overall with 34 goals in 108 chances (31.5%)
• Pensacola is 7-1-0 against Macon