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SPHL Today: 12/23/22

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (December 23, 2022) – The Southern Professional Hockey League continues its 19th season with three games to wrap up the holiday week. You can follow all the action this season at www.sphltv.com.

Birmingham Bulls (11-7-1)

• Michael Gillespie leads the SPHL with 33 points (12g, 21a)
• Gillespie’s 21 assists are a league-best while his 12 goals rank tied for third among all players
• Carson Rose is tied for second in the league with 13 goals
• Birmingham is 8-0-0 this season when scoring first
• The Bulls are 1-0-1 against Pensacola

Evansville Thunderbolts (12-7-2)

• Zane Steeves is tied for second in the league lead with eight wins while posting a 2.41 goals against average, good for third-best amongst netminders
• Mike Ferraro leads Evansville with 10 goals and 24 points
• Ferraro’s 14 assists are tied for the team lead with Aaron Huffngale
• The Thunderbolts are 8-1-0 when scoring first
• Evansville is 2-1-0 against Huntsville

Fayetteville Marksmen (9-9-2)

• Carlos Fornaris leads the Marksmen in both points (18) and assists (13)
• Austin Alger is ranked third in the league amongst rookies with 7 power play points
• Taylor McCloy is tied for third in the SPHL with three game-winning goals
• Brian Bowen ranks second in the league with 97 shots on goal
• Fayetteville is 3-3-1 against Roanoke

Huntsville Havoc (10-7-1)

• Goalie Nick Latinovich is tied for second in the SPHL with eight wins while his 2.59 gaa is the fifth-best amongst netminders
• Kyle Clarke currently leads all players with a 37.5% shooting percentage
• Cole Reginato is third in the league in penalty minutes with 85
• Huntsville is 1-2-0 against Evansville

Pensacola Ice Flyers (10-10-0)

• Garrett Milan ranks third in the league with 19 assists while his 27 points are fifth best (8g, 19a)
• Dallas Comeau (7g, 7a) and Kolten Olynek (8g, 6a) are each tied for sixth in rookie scoring with 14 points
• Ryan Orgel leads all rookies in power-play points (10) and power-play assists (8)
• The Ice Flyers have the top home power play, converting 13 of 36 chances (36.1%), while also having the top-ranked power play overall with 20 goals in 68 chances (29.4%)
• Pensacola is 1-1-0 against Birmingham

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (13-4-1)

• Travis Broughman leads the Dawgs with 22 points (8g, 14a)
• Nick Ford leads the Dawgs with 17 assists while also ranking second on the team with 20 points (3g, 17a)
• Dillon Radin and Billy Vizzo lead the Dawgs with nine goals this season after each picking up a goal against Knoxville on Wednesday
• Goalie Austyn Roudebush boasts a league-best 10 wins while ranking second with a 2.30 goals-against average
• The Dawgs are winners of eight in a row
• Roanoke is 4-2-1 against Fayetteville

Today’s Schedule:

Fayetteville @ Roanoke (7:05 pm ET, 6:05 pm CT)
Evansville @ Huntsville (8:00 pm ET, 7:00 pm CT)
Birmingham @ Pensacola (8:05 pm ET, 7:05 pm CT)
Knoxville @ Macon (Postponed due to inclement weather, make-up date 01/22/23)
Vermilion County @ Quad City (Postponed due to inclement weather, make-up date TBD)