SPHL Today: December 1, 2023

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (December 1, 2023) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with three games tonight. You can follow all the action this season at http://sphltv.com/

Birmingham @ Macon (7:00 p.m. EST, 6:00 p.m. CST)

Birmingham Bulls (8-4-0, 16 pts, 4th)

• Hayden Stewart was named SPHL Player of the Month after posting a 7-2-0 record, 1.43 gaa, and a .940 sv% which are all league-best
• Nikita Kozyrev ranks second (tied) among rookies with 12 points (5g, 7a)
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks second among rookies with eight assists
• Drake Glover ranks sixth (tied) in the SPHL with 12 points (6g, 6a)
• Birmingham is 1-0-0 against Macon

Macon Mayhem (3-6-3, 10 Pts, 9th)

• Alex LaPlante (4g, 6a) and Michael McChesney (4g, 6a) rank fourth (tied) among rookies with 10 points
• Tommy Munichello is fifth (tied) with 13 points (3g, 10a)
• CJ Hayes ranks sixth (tied) with 12 points (5g, 7a)
• Macon is 0-1-0 against Birmingham

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

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (6-4-1, 14 pts, 6th)

• Nick Ford ranks fourth (tied) with 14 points (2g, 12a)
• Ford’s 12 assists are second in the SPHL (tied)
• Austyn Roudebush is second in the SPHL in goals against average (1.73) and save percentage (.939)
• Hoisted their 2023 Presidents Cup banner in front of their home crowd for the first time in franchise history
• Roanoke has not yet played Evansville

Evansville Thunderbolts (2-9-1, 5 pts, 10th)

• Matt Dorsey ranks sixth (tied) among rookies with eight points (5g, 3a)
• Grayson Valente ranks eighth (tied) among defensemen with five points (2g, 3a)
• Evansville leads the SPHL with an average of 25.00 penalty minutes per game through four games
• Bair Gendunov leads the Thunderbolts with 11 points (5g, 6a)
• Evansville has not yet played Roanoke

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

Peoria Rivermen (8-2-1, 17 pts, 3rd)

• Cale List (+12), Zach Wilkie (+11), and Ryan Nolan (+10) are the top three in plus/minus
• Joseph Widmar leads the league with 19 points (5g, 14a), his 14 assists are a league-best
• Mike Gelatt (6g, 7a) and Ryan Nolan (8g, 4a) are first and second in points among rookies with 13 and 12
• Nolan leads all rookies with eight 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
• Peoria has not yet played Pensacola

Pensacola Ice Flyers (9-5-0, 18 pts, 2nd)

• Zac Herrmann leads all defensemen with four goals and is third in points with 10 (4g, 6a)
• Garrett Milan is second (tied) with 17 points (5g, 12a) while his 12 assists are second (tied) in the SPHL
• Brett Mercones is third (tied) with 16 points (10g, 6a) and his 10 goals are second in the SPHL
• Ivan Bondarenko is second (tied) with 12 assists
• Stephen Mundinger ranks third among goaltenders with a 1.92 goals-against average and .929 save percentage
• Pensacola has not yet played Peoria