SPHL Today: 02-20-23

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (February 20, 2023) – The Southern Professional Hockey League continues its 19th season with two games this afternoon. You can follow all the action this season at www.sphltv.com

Pensacola @ Birmingham (2:00 p.m. EST, 1:00 p.m. CST)

Pensacola Ice Flyers (21-16-1)

• Garrett Milan is second in the league with 33 assists
• Milan is also second in the SPHL with 54 points (21g, 33a)
• Milan became Pensacola’s all-time points leader on February 3rd, securing his 207th point as a member of the Ice Flyers.
• Kolten Olynek (14g, 17a) is tied for third in rookie scoring with 31 points
• Olynek’s 14 goals are tied for the most among rookies
• Ryan Orgel is third among rookies in power-play assists (10), and is tied for fifth with 12 power play points
• The Ice Flyers have the top home power play, converting 35 of 84 chances (41.7%), while also having the top-ranked power play overall with 45 goals in 136 chances (33.1%)
• Pensacola is 3-5-0 against Birmingham

Birmingham Bulls (24-14-3)

• 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 in the SPHL
• Birmingham is a league-best 17-1-1 this season when scoring first
• Birmingham is 5-1-2 against Pensacola

Knoxville @ Huntsville (2:00 p.m. EST, 1:00 p.m. CST)

Knoxville Ice Bears (24-13-3)

• Center Justin MacDonald leads the SPHL with 68 points (30g, 38a), and his 30 goals are a league-best
• MacDonald’s 38 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 9-2-1
• Knoxville is 2-4-0 against Huntsville

Huntsville Havoc (24-13-2)

• Goalie Nick Latinovich ranks second in the SPHL with 15 wins, while his 2.72 gaa is the fourth-best amongst netminders
• Sy Nutkevitch is third in the league with 32 assists
• Sy Nutkevitch is now Huntsville’s all time goal scorer after notching his 111th goal for the Havoc on February 19.
• Dominick Procopio is tied for second in the league with a +24 rating
• Huntsville is 4-2-0 against Knoxville