SPHL Today: 03-31-23

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (March 31, 2023) – The Southern Professional Hockey League continues its 19th season with four games tonight. You can follow all the action this season at www.sphltv.com 

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

Peoria Rivermen (35-13-4 | 1st, 74 pts)

  • *Clinched Playoff Berth*
    • Alec Hagaman leads the Rivermen in goals (19), assists (35), and points (54)
    • Alec Hagaman is tied for fourth in the league with 14 power play assists
    • Tyler Barrow is ninth among rookies with 30 points (11g, 19a)
    • Zach Wilkie leads the league with a +42 rating
    • Eric Levine leads the league with five shutouts, is second in gaa (2.28), and fourth in save percentage (0.917%)
    • Peoria was the first team this season to reach the 30-win mark
    • Peoria has not yet played Roanoke

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (29-17-5 | 4th, 63 pts)

  • Clinched Playoff Berth
    • Billy Vizzo and Mac Jansen lead the Dawgs with 18 goals
    • Nick Ford (14g, 36a) leads the Dawgs with 50 points
    • Ford’s 36 assists are a team-best
    • Goalie Austyn Roudebush boasts a league-best 22 wins and is third with a 2.41         goals-against average
    • Roanoke has not yet played Peoria

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

Quad City Storm (22-27-2 | 9th, 46 pts)

  • Michael Moran leads the Storm with 18 goals
    • Tommy Tsicos leads the team lead with 17 assists
    • Kevin Resop is fifth in the league in goals against average (2.65 gaa) and is fifth in save percentage (0.916%)
    • Quad City is 0-3-1 against Fayetteville

Fayetteville Marksmen (22-22-8 | 8th, 52 pts)

  • Drake Glover leads the Marksmen with 20 goals
    • Austin Alger leads the Marksmen with 45 points and is tied with teammate Brian Bowen with 26 assists.
    • Alger ranks second in the league among rookies with 18 power play points
    Set SPHL single-game attendance record with 9,500 in attendance on education day vs. Pensacola on March 16th.
    • Fayetteville is 4-0-0 against Quad City

Birmingham @ Macon (7:30 p.m. EST, 6:30 p.m. CST)

Birmingham Bulls (34-15-4 | 2nd, 72 pts)

  • Clinched playoff berth
    • Michael Gillespie ranks second in the league with 27 goals
    • Mike Davis is tied for fifth in the league with 22 goals (Placed on 21-day IR retroactive to March 10th)
    • Gillespie is fourth in the SPHL with 59 points (27g, 32a)
    • Gillespie’s 32 assists are the ninth most in the SPHL
    • Goalie Austin Lotz is second in the SPHL with 21 wins and his 2.77 gaa is sixth-best in the league.
    • Hayden Stewart became the first goalie in SPHL history to score a goal when he netted an empty-net goal in the waning seconds against Evansville on March 18, 2023
    • Birmingham is a league-best 26-1-1 this season when scoring first
    • Birmingham is 2-1-1 against Macon

Macon Mayhem (12-36-3 | 10th, 27 pts)

  • Rhett Kingston leads the Mayhem in goals with 19
    • Tommy Munichiello leads the Mayhem with 36 points (15g, 21a)
    • Kyle Soper and David Nippard lead the Mayhem with 22 assists
    • Goalie Nick Latinovich ranks tied for fourth in the SPHL with 16 wins, while his 2.78 gaa is the sixth-best amongst netminders.
    • Macon is 2-2-0 against Birmingham

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

Pensacola Ice Flyers (25-23-5 | 7th, 55 pts)

  • Garrett Milan owns the top spot in the league with 43 assists
    • Milan is also second in the SPHL with 69 points (24g, 43a)
    • Milan became Pensacola’s all-time points leader on February 3rd, securing his 207th point as a member of the Ice Flyers.
    • Kolten Olynek (18g, 21a) is third in rookie scoring with 39 points
    • Olynek’s 18 goals are second among rookies
    • Ryan Orgel is third among rookies in power-play assists (10) and is fifth with 12 power play points
    • The Ice Flyers have the top home power play, converting 40 of 105 chances (38.1%), while also having the top-ranked power play overall with 58 goals in 192 chances (30.2%)
    • Pensacola is 3-5-0 against Huntsville

Huntsville Havoc (32-18-2 | 3rd, 66 pts)

Clinched playoff berth
Sy Nutkevitch is third in the league with 39 assists
• Nutkevitch leads the Havoc with 56 points (17g, 39a)
• Dominick Procopio (+27) and Derek Perl (+23) are second and third in the league in +/- rating
• Huntsville is 5-1-1 against Pensacola