SPHL Today: November 9, 2023

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (November 9, 2023) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with two games tonight. You can follow all the action this season at https://flosports.link/SPHL

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

Knoxville Ice Bears (0-6-0, 0 pts, 10th)

• Justin Portillo leads the league with 33 penalty minutes in three games
• Finished with a 32-22-3 record last season, 6th seed in SPHL playoffs
• Brady Fleurent returns after finishing top five in shooting percentage last season (21.5%)
• Goaltender Zane Steeves comes to the Ice Bears after playing last season in Evansville where the netminder posted a 2.97 GAA and a .912 sv%
• Kristian Stead also returns after finishing top five in wins (20), minutes played (1,818.00), and saves (956)
• Knoxville has not yet played Huntsville

Huntsville Havoc (3-2-1, 7 pts, 5th)

• Doug Elgstam is tied for second with five goals
• Matt Peitzan ranks fourth in the SPHL in save percentage (.941)
• Alex Kielczewski leads all defensemen with four assists
• Kielczewski also ranks tied for third among defensemen with four points (4a)
• Huntsville has not yet played Knoxville

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

Pensacola Ice Flyers (2-2-0, 4 pts, 7th)

• Brett Mercones is tied for second with five goals
• Jordan Henderson ranks tied for second among defensemen with five points (1g, 4a)
• Dallas Comeau ranks tied for third with four goals
• Stephen Mundinger ranks second among goaltenders with a 1.44 goals-against average
• Pensacola is 1-0-0 against Birmingham

Birmingham Bulls (4-2-0, 8 pts, 3rd)

• Carson Rose (2g, 7a) ranks tied for first with nine points
• Rose is also tied for first with seven assists
• Kishaun Gervais leads the league with six goals *Gervais is currently on loan in the ECHL*
• Hayden Stewart leads the SPHL with two shutouts and a 1.30 gaa
• Troy MacTavish is tied for fourth with a +6 rating
• Birmingham is 0-1-0 against Pensacola