SPHL Today: January 27, 2024

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (January 27, 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 @ Roanoke (7:05 p.m. EST, 6:05 p.m. CST)

Pensacola Ice Flyers (14-16-2, 30 pts, 6th)

• Recently acquired Joseph Widmar is third in the SPHL with 34 points (7g, 27a)
• Widmar’s 27 assists are the most in the SPHL.
• Zac Herrmann is first (tied) among defensemen with six goals and is fifth in points with 16 (6g, 10a)
• Garrett Milan is fourth (tied) with 30 points (8g, 22a). Milan’s 22 assists are the third most in the league (tied)
• Mitch Atkins has recorded at least one assist in each of his last four road games dating back to December 22nd.
• Pensacola is 2-2-1 against Roanoke

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (19-8-3, 45 pts, 4th)

• Nick Ford departed for Poland to play professionally.
• Xavier Filion leads all rookies with four game-winning goals.
• Austyn Roudebush is second in the SPHL in goals against average (2.07) and save percentage (.923)
• Brenden Pepe ranks fourth among defensemen with 20 points (5g, 15a)
• Dominiks Marcinkevics has recorded a goal in four consecutive home games, dating back to December 31st.
• Roanoke is 3-2-0 against Pensacola

Peoria @ Knoxville (7:35 p.m. EST, 6:35 p.m. CST)

Peoria Rivermen (21-8-4, 46 pts, 3rd)

• Zach Wilkie leads all defensemen with 29 points (6g, 23a), his 23 assists are the most among blueliners
• Alec Baer is first (tied) in the SPHL with 37 points (17g, 20a)
• Alec Hagaman is fourth (tied) with 30 points (15g, 15a)
• Tristan Trudel is fourth among all rookies with 11 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 1-1-0 against Knoxville

Knoxville Ice Bears (9-19-4, 22 pts, 9th)

• Brett Mecrones leads the Ice Bears with 26 points (16g, 10a) and his 16 goals.
are the fifth most in the SPHL.
• Jason Price is seventh among defensemen with 14 points (0g, 14a)
• Dawson McKinney (4g, 13a) ranks eighth among rookies with 17 points.
• Tyler Rollo (5g, 10a) ranks 10th (tied) among rookies with 15 points.
• Knoxville is 1-1-0 against Peoria

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

Fayetteville Marksmen (22-6-4, 48 pts, 1st)

• Simon Boyko was named the SPHL Player of the Month for December after posting 16 points (8g, 8a) and a +3 rating over 10 games played.
• Boyko leads the SPHL with 132 shots.
• Boyko leads the SPHL with 37 points (tied) (18g, 19a)
• Boyko is third in the SPHL with 18 goals.
• Ryan Leith and Simon Boyko are second (tied) among rookies with a +13 rating.
• Fayetteville is 4-0-1 against Huntsville.

Huntsville Havoc (17-11-5, 39 pts, 5th)

• Brian Wilson is fifth among SPHL goaltenders with a 2.48 gaa and a .914 save percentage.
• Wilson also ranks fourth (tied) in the SPHL with 513 saves.
• David Thomson is third (tied) with three game-winning goals.
• Alex Kielczewski is third (tied) among defensemen with 21 points (4g, 17a) while his 17 assists are also third among blueliners.
• Huntsville is 1-3-1 against Fayetteville

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

Evansville Thunderbolts (13-14-3, 29 pts, 7th)

• Cole Ceci ranks fourth among goaltenders with a 2.33 gaa, .928 sv% and his 11 wins are the fifth most.
• Bair Gendunov is sixth in the SPHL with 28 points (12g, 16a)
• Matt Dorsey ranks 10th (tied) among rookies with 15 points (6g, 9a)
• Evansville is 1-0-0 against Birmingham.

Birmingham Bulls (21-6-6, 48 pts, 2nd)

• Hayden Stewart leads the SPHL in GAA (1.86), sv% (.933), wins (15), and leads the league lead in shutouts (3).
• Nikita Kozyrev is second among all rookies with 30 points (9g, 21a). His 21 assists are the most among rookies.
• Drake Glover ranks second (tied) in the SPHL with 36 points (22g, 14a). His 22 goals lead the SPHL.
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks fifth among rookies with 21 points (7g, 14a)
• Birmingham is 0-0-1 against Evansville.

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

Macon Mayhem (8-19-5, 21 Pts, 10th)

• Josh Boyko leads the SPHL with 663 saves.
• Alex LaPlante (16g, 11a) ranks third among rookies with 27 points.
• Michael McChesney is tied for the top spot overall with seven power-play goals and leads all rookies.
• McChesney also ranks fourth among rookies with 25 points (15g, 10a)
• Macon is 1-1-0 against Quad City

Quad City Storm (14-16-0, 28 pts, 8th)

• Matt Ustaski is currently on a 10-game point streak (17 pts) dating back to December 15th.
• Ustaski (20g, 16a) is second (tied) in the SPHL with 36 points and his 20 goals are the second most in the SPHL
• Leif Mattson is seventh (tied) in the SPHL with 29 points (14g, 15a)
• Defenseman Dillion Fournier is third (tied) amongst all blueliners with 21 points (3g, 18a). His 18 assists are the second most among defensemen.
• Quad City is 1-1-0 against Macon