SPHL Today: 12-28-22

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (December 28, 2022) – The Southern Professional Hockey League continues its 19th season with two more matchups in a week full of games as we skate toward the new year. You can follow all the action this season at www.sphltv.com.

Today’s Schedule:

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

Birmingham Bulls (11-8-1)

• Michael Gillespie leads the SPHL with 33 points (12g, 21a)
• Gillespie’s 21 assists are second in the SPHL 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 2-0-0 against Evansville

Evansville Thunderbolts (13-7-2)

• Zane Steeves is tied for second in the league with nine wins while posting a 2.54 goals against average, good for fourth-best amongst netminders
• Mike Ferraro leads Evansville with 11 goals and 27 points
• Ferraro’s 16 assists are also a team-best
• The Thunderbolts are 8-1-0 when scoring first
• Evansville is 0-1-1 against Birmingham

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

Knoxville Ice Bears (12-7-2)

• Center Justin MacDonald ranks second in the SPHL with 32 points (12g, 20a)
• MacDonald’s 20 assists are also the third-most in the league
• Brady Fleurent leads the SPHL with 14 goals and ranks second on the Ice Bears in points with 30
• Ice Bears are the only team with two 30+ point scorers
• When outshooting their opponents, Knoxville is 6-1-1
• Knoxville is 0-1-0 against Huntsville

Huntsville Havoc (11-8-1)

• Goalie Nick Latinovich is tied for second in the SPHL with nine wins while his 2.79 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 1-0-0 against Knoxville