SPHL TODAY: December 8, 2023

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (December 8, 2023) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with five games tonight. You can follow all the action this season at http://sphltv.com/

Roanoke @ Fayetteville (7:00 p.m. EST, 6:00 p.m. CST)

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (7-5-2, 16 pts, 5th)

• Nick Ford ranks fourth (tied) with 16 points (3g, 13a)
• Ford’s 13 assists are second in the SPHL
• Austyn Roudebush is second in the SPHL in goals against average (1.73) and save percentage (.939)
• Hoisted their 2023 Presidents Cup banner in front of their home crowd for the first time in franchise history
• Roanoke is 3-0-0 against Fayetteville

Fayetteville Marksmen (11-3-2, 24 pts, 1st)

• Simon Boyko leads the SPHL with 68 shots
• Boyko is third (tied) with nine goals
• Tyler Kobryn is sixth (tied) in the SPHL with 14 points (8g, 6a)
• Ryan Leith is first (tied) among rookies with a +10 rating
• Home opener record 4,711 fans packed the Crown Coliseum
• Fayetteville is 0-2-1 against Roanoke

Knoxville @ Macon (7:00 p.m. EST, 6:00 p.m. CST)

Knoxville Ice Bears (6-9-0, 12 pts, 8th)

• Brady Fleurent is third (tied) in the SPHL with nine goals
• Jordan Stallard is fourth (tied) with 16 points (5g, 11a)
• Fleurent is also fifth (tied) with 13 points (9g, 4a)
• Kristian Stead is fourth in the league with 247 saves
• Cody Karpinski is 4-1-0 since taking over between the pipes
• Knoxville is 2-2-0 against Macon

Macon Mayhem (4-7-4, 12 Pts, 9th)

• Alex LaPlante (7g, 6a) ranks third (tied) among rookies with 13 points
• LaPlante ranks second among rookies with a +8 rating
• Tommy Munichello is fifth (tied) with 15 points (4g, 11a)
• CJ Hayes ranks sixth (tied) with 12 points (5g, 7a)
• Macon is 2-1-1 against Knoxville

Huntsville @ Birmingham (8:05 p.m. EST, 7:05 p.m. CST)

Huntsville Havoc (7-7-2, 16 pts, 6th)

• Brian Wilson is third among SPHL goaltenders with a 1.98 gaa and a .929 save percentage.
• Wilson also ranks second in the SPHL with 260 saves
• Alex Kielczewski leads all defensemen with 13 points (3g, 10a) while his 10 assists are also first (tied) among blueliners. His three goals are second (tied) among defensemen
• Huntsville is 1-2-0 against Birmingham

Birmingham Bulls (9-4-1, 19 pts, 3rd)

• Hayden Stewart was named SPHL Player of the Month after posting a 7-2-0 record, 1.43 gaa, and a .940 sv% which are all league-best
• Stewart leads the SPHL in GAA (1.53), sv% (.940), wins (8) and is tied for the league lead in shutouts (2).
• Nikita Kozyrev leads (tied) all rookies with 15 points (5g, 10a). His 10 assists are the most (tied) among rookies
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks second (tied) among rookies with nine assists
• Drake Glover ranks fourth (tied) in the SPHL with 16 points (10g, 6a). His 10 goals are second-most in the SPHL
• Birmingham is 2-1-0 against Huntsville

Pensacola @ Quad City (8:10 p.m. EST, 7:10 p.m. CST)

Pensacola Ice Flyers (11-5-0, 22 pts, 2nd)

• Zac Herrmann leads all defensemen with four goals and is third in points with 11 (4g, 7a)
• Garrett Milan is second with 18 points (6g, 12a) while his 12 assists are third in the SPHL
• Brett Mercones is third (tied) with 17 points (11g, 6a) and his 11 goals lead the SPHL (tied)
• Ivan Bondarenko leads the league (tied) with 14 assists
• Stephen Mundinger ranks fourth among goaltenders with a 2.20 goals-against average and .929 save percentage
• Pensacola has not yet played Quad City

Quad City Storm (6-5-0, 12 pts, 7th)

• Matt Ustaski ranks third (tied) with 17 points (11g, 6a)
• Ustaski’s 11 goals are tied for the league lead
• Defenseman Chris Pema is fourth (tied) amongst all blue liners with nine points (2g, 7a)
• Tommy Tsicos scored a goal in his 200th appearance for the franchise in a 4-1 defeat to the Rivermen
• Quad City has not yet played Pensacola

Evansville @ Peoria (8:15 p.m. EST, 7:15 p.m. CST)

Evansville Thunderbolts (3-10-1, 7 pts, 10th)

• Bair Gendunov is fifth (tied) with 15 points (5g, 10a)
• Matt Dorsey ranks seventh (tied) among rookies with nine points (5g, 4a)
• Chays Ruddy ranks seventh (tied) among defensemen with six points (3g, 3a)
• Evansville leads the SPHL with an average of 24.29 penalty minutes per game through four games
• Evansville is 0-3-0 against Peoria

Peoria Rivermen (8-4-1, 17 pts, 4th)

• Cale List leads the SPHL with a +13 rating
• Joseph Widmar leads the league with 19 points (5g, 14a), his 14 assists are a league-best (tied)
• Mike Gelatt (6g, 7a) and Ryan Nolan (8g, 4a) are third and fourth in points among rookies with 13 and 12
• Nolan is second (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
• Peoria is 3-0-0 against Evansville