SPHL Today: December 31, 2023

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (December 31, 2023) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with three games this evening. You can follow all the action this season at http://sphltv.com/

Quad City @ Peoria (4:15 p.m. EST, 3:15 p.m. CST)

Quad City Storm (11-10-0, 22 pts, 7th)

• Matt Ustaski (17g, 12a) leads the SPHL with 29 points and his 17 goals lead the league
• Leif Mattson is fourth (tied) in the SPHL with 24 points (12g, 12a)
• Defenseman Dillion Fournier is fifth amongst all blue liners with 13 points (1g, 12a). His 11 assists are third most among defensemen
• Tommy Tsicos scored a goal in his 200th appearance for the franchise in a 4-1 defeat to the Rivermen earlier this season
• Quad City is 1-5-0 against Peoria

Peoria Rivermen (15-6-2, 32 pts, 3rd)

• Zach Wilkie leads all defensemen with 21 points (3g, 18a), his 18 assists are the most among blue liners
• Joseph Widmar is second (tied) in the league with 26 points (6g, 19a), his 19 lead the SPHL
• Mike Gelatt (6g, 7a) is seventh (tied) in points among rookies with 13
• Ryan Nolan is third (tied) among all rookies with eight goals
• Coach’s son Tristian Trudel suits up for the Rivermen this season, becoming the first-ever father-son coaching and playing duo in SPHL history
• Franchise record, 8,701 fans vs Quad City on December 14th
• Peoria is 5-0-1 against Quad City

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

Knoxville Ice Bears (8-11-1, 17 pts, 9th)

• Brady Fleurent leads the Ice Bears with 10 goals
• Dawson McKinney (2g, 11a) ranks seventh among rookies with 13 points
• Tyler Rollo (4g, 8a) ranks eighth (tied) among rookies with 12 points
• Jordan Stallard is ninth (tied) with 18 points (7g, 11a)
• Knoxville is 0-1-0 against Roanoke

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (12-7-3, 27 pts, 4th)

• Nick Ford ranks eighth (tied) with 20 points (5g, 15a)
• Xavier Filion leads all rookies with three game-winning goals
• Austyn Roudebush is second in the SPHL in goals against average (1.86) and save percentage (.934)
• Brenden Pepe ranks fourth among defensemen with 14 points (5g, 9a)
• Hoisted their 2023 Presidents Cup banner in front of their home crowd for the first time in franchise history
• Roanoke is 1-0-0 against Knoxville

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

Macon Mayhem (4-14-4, 12 Pts, 10th)

• Josh Boyko leads the SPHL with 578 saves
• Alex LaPlante (7g, 7a) ranks sixth (tied) among rookies with 14 points
• Michael McChesney is third overall (tied) with four power-play goals, and leads all rookies
• McChesney also ranks fifth (tied) among rookies with 15 points (7g, 8a)
• Macon is 1-0-1 against Evansville

Evansville Thunderbolts (8-12-3, 19 pts, 8th)

• Bair Gendunov is third (tied) in the SPHL with 25 points (10g, 15a)
• Matt Dorsey ranks sixth among rookies with 14 points (6g, 8a)
• Chays Ruddy ranks eighth (tied) among defensemen with nine points (4g, 5a)
• Evansville is 1-0-1 against Macon