SPHL Today: Friday, April 5

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 5, 2024) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with five games this evening. You can follow all the action this season at http://sphltv.com/

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

Pensacola Ice Flyers (25-25-4 54 pts, 7th)

• Ivan Bondarenko is sixth in the SPHL with 50 points (15g, 35a), and his 35 assists are tied for the third most in the SPHL.
• Garrett Milan is sixth (tied) with 50 points (14g, 36a). Milan’s 36 assists are the third most in the league.
• Zac Herrmann ranks third among defensemen with eight goals and is eighth in points with 26 (8g, 18a)
• Pensacola is 2-1-0 against Fayetteville.

Fayetteville Marksmen (29-19-6, 64 pts, 4th)

• Simon Boyko ranks second among rookies with 53 points (27g, 26a)
• Grant Loven is seventh among rookies with 38 points (12g, 26a)
• Matt Araujo (6g, 26a) is fifth among defensemen with 32 points.
• Fayetteville is 21-2-3 when scoring first this season.
• Fayetteville is 1-1-1 against Pensacola.

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

Knoxville Ice Bears (16-34-4, 36 pts, 10th)

• Dawson McKinney leads the Ice Bears with 32 points (15g, 17a) and ranks ninth (tied) among rookies in points.
• Jason Price is 16th among defensemen with 17 points (0g, 17a)
• Tyler Rollo (6g, 21a) ranks 14th (tied) among rookies with 27 points.
• Knoxville is 2-6-1 against Roanoke.

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (31-15-8, 70 pts, 3rd)

• Brenden Pepe ranks second among defensemen with 39 points (12g, 27a). His 27 assists are the fourth most among defensemen.
• Matt O’Dea is third among defensemen with 38 points (8g, 30a), and his 30 assists are the second most among blueliners.
• Xavier Filion is tied for second among rookies with four game-winning goals.
• Austyn Roudebush is seventh in the SPHL in goals against average (2.71) and save percentage (.905)
• Roanoke is 7-0-2 against Knoxville.

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

Birmingham Bulls (36-9-9, 81 pts, 1st)

• Carson Rose leads the SPHL with 64 points (30g, 34a)
• Nikita Kozyrev leads all rookies with 58 points (18g, 40a). His 40 assists are the most in the SPHL.
• Hayden Stewart is second in the SPHL in GAA (2.12), sv% (.927), wins (25), and is second in the league in shutouts (4).
• Drake Glover is third in the SPHL with 58 points (32g, 26a). His 32 goals are tied for the league lead in the SPHL.
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks tied for 10th among rookies with 29 points (12g, 17a)
• The Bulls are 25-3-4 when they score first this season.
• Birmingham is 2-1-2 against Evansville.

Evansville Thunderbolts (23-28-3, 49 pts, 8th)

• Cole Ceci ranks fourth among goaltenders with a 2.44 gaa and .925 sv%.
• Brendan Harrogate is second in the SPHL with 182 shots.
• Myles Abatte ranks 11th (tied) among rookies with 29 points (13g, 16a)
• Scott Kirton is also tied for 15th in the SPHL with 36 points (17g, 19a), his 17 goals lead the Thunderbolts.
• Evansville is 3-2-0 against Birmingham.

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

Macon Mayhem (15-32-7, 37 Pts, 9th)

• Alex LaPlante (26g, 17a) ranks third among rookies with 43 points. His 26 goals lead all rookies.
• Michael McChesney is second overall with seven power-play goals
• McChesney also ranks 10th among rookies with 32 points (17g, 15a)
• Macon is 1-1-0 against Huntsville.

Huntsville Havoc (28-19-7, 63 pts, 6th)

• Brian Wilson is sixth among SPHL goaltenders with a 2.68 gaa and a .905 save percentage.
• David Thomson is tied for second with six game-winning goals.
• Alex Kielczewski is sixth among defensemen with 29 points (6g, 23a).
• Dylan Stewart ranks tied for 10th in the SPHL with 42 points (14g, 28a)
• Huntsville is 1-1-0 against Macon.

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

Peoria Rivermen (36-13-5, 77 pts, 2nd)

• Nick Latinovich leads the SPHL in wins (26) and leads the SPHL with seven shutouts. He tied the SPHL single-season record with two shutouts against Quad City on 3/15 and 3/17
• Zach Wilkie leads all defensemen with 41 points (10g, 31a).
• Alec Baer is eighth in the SPHL with 49 points (20g, 29a) (tied)
• Alec Hagaman is 10th with 46 points (22g, 24a)
• Peoria is 27-6-2 when scoring first this season.
• Peoria is 9-1-2 against Quad City.

Quad City Storm (31-22-1, 63 pts, 5th)

• Matt Ustaski had a 12-game point streak (21 pts) dating from December 15th – January 27th.
• Ustaski (27g, 26a) is fifth in the SPHL with 53 points and his 27 goals are the fifth most in the SPHL.
• Leif Mattson is second in the SPHL with 59 points (28g, 31a)
• Defenseman Dillion Fournier is fourth amongst all blueliners with 33 points (4g, 29a). His 29 assists are the third most among defensemen.
• Quad City is 3-10-0 against Peoria.