SPHL Today: Saturday, March 30

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (March 30, 2024) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with five games this evening. You can follow all the action this season at http://sphltv.com/

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

Fayetteville Marksmen (29-18-6, 64 pts, 4th)

• Simon Boyko ranks second among rookies with 51 points (25g, 26a)
• Grant Loven is seventh among rookies with 38 points (12g, 26a)
• Matt Araujo (6g, 24a) is tied for fifth among defensemen with 30 points.
• Fayetteville is 21-2-3 when scoring first this season.
• Fayetteville is 3-4-2 against Roanoke.

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (30-15-8, 68 pts, 3rd)

• Brenden Pepe ranks second among defensemen with 39 points (12g, 27a). His 27 assists are tied for the thir most among defensemen.
• Matt O’Dea is third among defensemen with 37 points (7g, 30a), and his 30 assists are tied for the most among blueliners.
• Xavier Filion is tied for second among rookies with four game-winning goals.
• Austyn Roudebush is sixth in the SPHL in goals against average (2.63) and save percentage (.906)
• Roanoke is 6-2-1 against Fayetteville.

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

Huntsville Havoc (27-19-7, 61 pts, 6th)

• Brian Wilson is seventh 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 3-1-1 against Knoxville.

Knoxville Ice Bears (16-33-4, 36 pts, 9th)

• 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 (5g, 21a) ranks 14th (tied) among rookies with 26 points.
• Knoxville is 2-3-0 against Huntsville.

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

Macon Mayhem (13-32-7, 33 Pts, 10th)

• 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 and leads all rookies.
• McChesney also ranks 10th among rookies with 31 points (17g, 14a)
• Macon is 1-5-1 against Birmingham.

Birmingham Bulls (36-9-8, 80 pts, 1st)

• Carson Rose leads the SPHL with 63 points (29g, 34a)
• Nikita Kozyrev leads all rookies with 57 points (18g, 39a). His 39 assists are the most among rookies.
• Hayden Stewart is second in the SPHL in GAA (2.10), sv% (.926), wins (24), and is second in the league in shutouts (4).
• Drake Glover is second in the SPHL with 57 points (32g, 25a). His 32 goals lead the SPHL.
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks 11th among rookies with 29 points (12g, 17a)
• The Bulls are 25-3-4 when they score first this season.
• Birmingham is 6-0-1 against Macon.

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

Evansville Thunderbolts (23-27-3, 49 pts, 8th)

• Cole Ceci ranks third among goaltenders with a 2.43 gaa and .924 sv%.
• Brendan Harrogate is second in the SPHL with 171 shots.
• Myles Abatte ranks 11th (tied) among rookies with 29 points (13g, 16a)
• Scott Kirton is also tied for 15th in the SPHL with 35 points (17g, 18a), his 17 goals lead the Thunderbolts.
• Evansville is 2-0-0 against Pensacola

Pensacola Ice Flyers (24-24-4 52 pts, 7th)

• Clinched a playoff berth.
• Joseph Widmar is fourth in the SPHL with 55 points (16g, 39a)
• Widmar’s 39 assists are tied for the league lead.
• Ivan Bondarenko is seventh in the SPHL with 50 points (15g, 35a), and his 35 assists are tied for the third most in the SPHL.
• Garrett Milan is eighth (tied) with 48 points (13g, 35a). Milan’s 35 assists are tied for the third most in the league.
• Zac Herrmann ranks fourth among defensemen with eight goals and is eighth in points with 25 (8g, 17a)
• Pensacola is 0-1-1 against Evansville.

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

Peoria Rivermen (36-12-5, 77 pts, 2nd)

• Nick Latinovich leads the SPHL in wins (25) 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 40 points (10g, 30a).
• Alec Baer is eighth in the SPHL with 48 points (20g, 28a) (tied)
• Alec Hagaman is 10th with 45 points (22g, 23a)
• Peoria is 27-5-2 when scoring first this season.
• Peoria is 9-0-2 against Quad City.

Quad City Storm (30-22-1, 61 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 fourth most in the SPHL.
• Leif Mattson is tied for second in the SPHL with 58 points (27g, 31a)
• Defenseman Dillion Fournier is fourth amongst all blueliners with 31 points (4g, 27a). His 27 assists are tied for the third most among defensemen.
• Quad City is 2-10-0 against Peoria.