SPHL Today: Saturday, March 16

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (March 16, 2024) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with four games this evening. You can follow all the action this season at http://sphltv.com/

Knoxville @ Fayetteville (6:00 p.m. EST, 5:00 p.m. CST)

Knoxville Ice Bears (16-28-4, 36 pts, 9th)

• Dawson McKinney leads the Ice Bears with 29 points (13g, 16a) and ranks eighth (tied) among rookies in points.
• Jason Price is 11th among defensemen with 16 points (0g, 16a)
• Tyler Rollo (5g, 17a) ranks 12th (tied) among rookies with 22 points.
• Knoxville is 2-5-1 against Fayetteville

Fayetteville Marksmen (27-16-6, 60 pts, 4th)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Boyko ranks second among rookies with 41 points (21g, 20a)
• Grant Loven is fourth among rookies with 33 points (11g, 22a)
• Matt Araujo (5g, 18a) is tied for fifth among defensemen with 23 points.
• Kyle Soper (5g, 14a) is tied for 14th among rookies with 20 points
• Fayetteville is 19-1-3 when scoring first this season.
• Fayetteville is 6-2-0 against Knoxville.

Evansville @ Macon (6:30 p.m. EST, 5:30 p.m. CST)

Evansville Thunderbolts (20-26-3, 43 pts, 8th)

• Cole Ceci ranks fourth among goaltenders with a 2.48 gaa and .923 sv%; his 12 wins are the fifth most.
• Brendan Harrogate is second in the SPHL with 157 shots.
• Myles Abatte ranks 10th (tied) among rookies with 27 points (12g, 15a)
• Scott Kirton is also tied for 13th in the SPHL with 31 points (16g, 15a), his 16 goals lead the Thunderbolts.
• Evansville is 2-1-1 against Macon

Macon Mayhem (12-29-7, 31 Pts, 10th)

• Alex LaPlante (24g, 14a) ranks third among rookies with 39 points. His 25 goals lead all rookies.
• Michael McChesney is second overall with seven power-play goals and leads all rookies.
• McChesney also ranks seventh among rookies with 28 points (16g, 12a)
• Macon is 2-0-2 against Evansville

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

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (27-14-8, 62 pts, 3rd)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Matt O’Dea leads all defensemen with 37 points (7g, 30a), and his 30 assists are the most among blueliners.
• Xavier Filion is second among rookies with four game-winning goals.
• Brenden Pepe ranks third among defensemen with 33 points (11g, 22a). His 22 assists are the fourth most among defensemen.
• Austyn Roudebush is sixth in the SPHL in goals against average (2.55) and save percentage (.906)
• Roanoke is 2-2-0 against Birmingham

Birmingham Bulls (33-9-7, 73 pts, 1st)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Hayden Stewart leads the SPHL in GAA (2.02), sv% (.930), wins (22), and is second in the league in shutouts (3).
• Nikita Kozyrev leads all rookies with 48 points (13g, 35a). His 35 assists are the most among rookies.
• Carson Rose leads the SPHL with 57 points (26g, 31a)
• Drake Glover is tied for second in the SPHL with 53 points (31g, 22a). His 31 goals lead the SPHL.
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks sixth among rookies with 27 points (11g, 16a)
• The Bulls are 22-3-4 when they score first this season.
• Birmingham is 2-0-2 against Roanoke

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

Huntsville Havoc (25-17-7, 57 pts, 5th)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Brian Wilson is seventh among SPHL goaltenders with a 2.69 gaa and a .904 save percentage.
• Wilson also ranks fourth in the SPHL with 748 saves.
• David Thomson is second with six game-winning goals.
• Alex Kielczewski is fourth among defensemen with 26 points (6g, 20a) while his 20 assists are also fourth among blueliners.
• Huntsville is 4-2-1 against Pensacola.

Pensacola Ice Flyers (22-23-3, 47 pts, 7th)

• Recently acquired Joseph Widmar is third in the SPHL with 49 points (14g, 35a)
• Widmar’s 35 assists are tied for the most in the SPHL.
• Zac Herrmann ranks fourth among defensemen with eight goals and is seventh in points with 21 (8g, 13a)
• Garrett Milan is eighth (tied) with 41 points (11g, 30a). Milan’s 30 assists are tied for the fifth most in the league
• Pensacola is 3-4-0 against Huntsville