SPHL Today: Saturday, March 23

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (March 23, 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 @ Macon (7:00 p.m. EST, 6:00 p.m. CST)

Pensacola Ice Flyers (24-23-3, 51 pts, 7th)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Recently acquired Joseph Widmar is fourth in the SPHL with 52 points (16g, 36a)
• Widmar’s 36 assists are tied for the most in the SPHL.
• Garrett Milan is sixth (tied) with 47 points (13g, 34a). Milan’s 34 assists are the third most in the league.
• Zac Herrmann ranks seventh among defensemen with eight goals and is eighth in points with 24 (8g, 16a)
• Pensacola is 6-1-1 against Macon

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

• Alex LaPlante (26g, 15a) ranks third among rookies with 41 points. His 26 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 29 points (16g, 13a)
• Macon is 2-5-1 against Pensacola

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

Quad City Storm (29-21-0, 58 pts, 6th)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Matt Ustaski had a 12-game point streak (21 pts) dating from December 15th – January 27th.
• Ustaski (27g, 26a) is second in the SPHL with 53 points and his 27 goals are the second most in the SPHL.
• Leif Mattson is also tied for third in the SPHL with 53 points (25g, 28a)
• Defenseman Dillion Fournier is fourth amongst all blueliners with 30 points (4g, 26a). His 26 assists are the second most among defensemen.
• Quad City is 2-1-0 against Roanoke

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (28-15-8, 64 pts, 3rd)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Brenden Pepe ranks second among defensemen with 38 points (12g, 26a). His 26 assists are tied for the third most among defensemen.
• Matt O’Dea is third among 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.
• Austyn Roudebush is seventh in the SPHL in goals against average (2.69) and save percentage (.904)
• Roanoke is 1-1-1 against Quad City.

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

Birmingham Bulls (34-9-8, 76 pts, 1st)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Carson Rose leads the SPHL with 59 points (26g, 33a)
• Nikita Kozyrev leads all rookies with 52 points (16g, 36a). His 36 assists are the most among rookies.
• Hayden Stewart is second in the SPHL in GAA (2.07), sv% (.928), wins (24), and is second in the league in shutouts (4).
• Drake Glover is second in the SPHL with 55 points (32g, 23a). His 32 goals lead the SPHL.
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks 10th among rookies with 29 points (12g, 17a)
• The Bulls are 24-3-4 when they score first this season.
• Birmingham is 5-0-0 against Knoxville

Knoxville Ice Bears (16-30-4, 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 17 points (0g, 17a)
• Tyler Rollo (5g, 20a) ranks 12th (tied) among rookies with 25 points.
• Knoxville is 0-5-0 against Birmingham.

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

Peoria Rivermen (34-12-5, 73 pts, 2nd)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Nick Latinovich 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 39 points (10g, 28a).
• Alec Baer is fifth in the SPHL with 48 points (20g, 28a) (tied)
• Alec Hagaman is eighth with 44 points (22g, 22a)
• 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 25-5-2 when scoring first this season.
• Peoria is 8-4-1 against Evansville

Evansville Thunderbolts (22-26-3, 47 pts, 8th)

• Cole Ceci ranks fifth among goaltenders with a 2.48 gaa and .923 sv%.
• Brendan Harrogate is second in the SPHL with 162 shots.
• Myles Abatte ranks 10th (tied) among rookies with 29 points (13g, 16a)
• Scott Kirton is also tied for 13th in the SPHL with 35 points (17g, 18a), his 17 goals lead the Thunderbolts.
• Evansville is 5-7-1 against Peoria

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

Fayetteville Marksmen (28-17-6, 62 pts, 4th)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Boyko ranks second among rookies with 46 points (25g, 21a)
• Grant Loven is fourth among rookies with 36 points (11g, 25a)
• Matt Araujo (6g, 22a) is tied for fifth among defensemen with 28 points.
• Fayetteville is 20-1-3 when scoring first this season.
• Fayetteville is 4-1-1 against Huntsville.

Huntsville Havoc (25-18-7, 57 pts, 5th)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Brian Wilson is sixth among SPHL goaltenders with a 2.67 gaa and a .905 save percentage.
• Wilson also ranks fifth in the SPHL with 771 saves.
• David Thomson is second with six game-winning goals.
• Alex Kielczewski is sixth among defensemen with 28 points (6g, 22a).
• Huntsville is 2-3-1 against Fayetteville