SPHL Today: 02-17-23

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (February 17, 2023) – The Southern Professional Hockey League continues its 19th season with three games tonight. You can follow all the action this season at www.sphltv.com

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

Birmingham Bulls (24-13-2)

• Michael Gillespie is tied for second in the league with 21 goals
• Gillespie is third in the SPHL with 52 points (21g, 31a)
• Gillespie’s 31 assists are third best in the SPHL
• Birmingham is a league-best 17-1-0 this season when scoring first
• Birmingham is 2-3-0 against Knoxville

Knoxville Ice Bears (22-13-3)

• Center Justin MacDonald leads the SPHL with 65 points (28g, 37a), and his 28 goals are a league-best
• MacDonald’s 37 assists are a league-best
• MacDonald’s 12 power play goals are the most in the league
• MacDonald was named the SPHL player of the Month for January after posting 21 points, 11 goals, and 10 assists in 11 games played
• When outshooting their opponents, Knoxville is 8-2-1
• Knoxville is 3-1-1 against Birmingham

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

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (22-12-3)

• Billy Vizzo leads the Dawgs with 17 goals
• Mac Jansen leads the Dawgs with 35 points (13g, 22a)
• Nick Ford’s 25 assists are a team-best
• Goalie Austyn Roudebush boasts a league-best 17 wins and is second with a 2.49 goals-against average
• The Dawgs sit fifth in the SPHL standings with 47 points
• Roanoke is 1-1-0 against Quad City

Quad City Storm (15-21-2)

• Michael Moran leads the Storm with 14 goals
• Tommy Tsicos and Logan Nelson are tied for the team lead with 13 assists
• Kevin Resop leads the league in goals against average (2.47 gaa) and is tied for first in save percentage (0.918%)
• Quad City is 1-1-0 against Roanoke

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

Macon Mayhem (7-25-2)

• Tommy Munichiello (10g, 14a) leads the Mayhem with 24 points.
• Rhett Kingston and Caleb Cameron are tied for the team lead with 12 goals
• David Nippard’s 16 assists are a team high.
• Macon has not yet played Peoria

Peoria Rivermen (27-9-2)

• Alec Hagaman leads the Rivermen in goals (17), assists (26), and points (43)
• Alec Hagaman is tied for fifth in the league with 12 power play assists
• Tyler Barrow is tied for third among rookies with 30 points (11g, 19a)
• Zach Wilkie leads the league with a +31 rating
• Eric Levine leads the league with four shutouts
• Peoria has not yet played Macon