SPHL Today: January 19, 2024

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HUNTERSVILLE, NC (January 19, 2024) – The SPHL continues its 20th season with four games this evening. You can follow all the action this season at http://sphltv.com/

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

Birmingham Bulls (20-5-4, 44 pts, 1st)

• Hayden Stewart leads the SPHL in GAA (1.70), sv% (.938), wins (15), and leads the league lead in shutouts (3).
• Nikita Kozyrev is second among all rookies with 26 points (9g, 17a). His 17 assists are the second most among rookies
• Drake Glover ranks fourth in the SPHL with 32 points (19g, 13a). His 19 goals lead the SPHL
• MacGregor Sinclair ranks seventh (tied) among rookies with 19 points (6g, 13a)
• Birmingham is 1-0-0 against Fayetteville

Fayetteville Marksmen (20-5-3, 43 pts, 2nd)

• Simon Boyko was named the SPHL Player of the Month for December after posting 16 points (8g, 8a) and a +3 rating over 10 games played.
• Boyko leads the SPHL with 118 shots
• Boyko leads all rookies with 34 points (16g, 18a) and is second overall
• Boyko is fourth (tied) in the SPHL with 16 goals
• Ryan Leith is second among rookies with a +12 rating
• Home opener record 4,711 fans packed the Crown Coliseum
• Fayetteville is 0-1-0 against Birmingham

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

Macon Mayhem (7-16-5, 19 Pts, 10th)

• Josh Boyko leads the SPHL with 663 saves
• Alex LaPlante (13g, 12a) ranks third among rookies with 25 points
• Michael McChesney is second overall (tied) with six power-play goals, and leads all rookies
• McChesney also ranks fifth among rookies with 21 points (11g, 10a)
• Macon is 0-0-1 against Roanoke

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs (17-8-3, 37 pts, 4th)

• Nick Ford departed for Poland to play professionally
• Xavier Filion leads all rookies with four game-winning goals
• Austyn Roudebush is third in the SPHL in goals against average (2.18) and save percentage (.921)
• Brenden Pepe ranks fourth among defensemen with 19 points (5g, 14a)
• Hoisted their 2023 Presidents Cup banner in front of their home crowd for the first time in franchise history
• Roanoke is 1-0-0 against Macon

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

Huntsville Havoc (15-11-4, 34 pts, 5th)

• Brian Wilson is fifth among SPHL goaltenders with a 2.35 gaa and a .917 save percentage.
• Wilson also ranks fourth in the SPHL with 474 saves
• David Thomson is third (tied) with three game-winning goals
• Alex Kielczewski is third (tied) among defensemen with 20 points (3g, 17a) while his 17 assists are also third among blueliners.
• Huntsville is 2-0-1 against Pensacola

Pensacola Ice Flyers (14-15-0, 28 pts, 6th)

• Recently acquired Joseph Widmar leads the SPHL with 35 points (7g, 28a)
• Widmar’s 28 assists are the most in the SPHL
• Zac Herrmann is third among defensemen with four goals and is sixth in points with 14 (4g, 10a)
• Brett Mercones is seventh (tied) with 26 points (16g, 10a) and his 16 goals are the second most in the SPHL
• Garrett Milan is ninth (tied) with 27 points (8g, 19a). Milan’s 19 assists are the fourth most in the league (tied)
• Ivan Bondarenko’s 18 assists are the fifth most (tied) in the league
• Pensacola is 1-2-0 against Huntsville

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

Knoxville Ice Bears (8-17-4, 20 pts, 9th)

• Brady Fleurent leads the Ice Bears with 13 goals
• Dawson McKinney (3g, 13a) ranks ninth (tied) among rookies with 16 points
• Tyler Rollo (5g, 10a) ranks 10th (tied) among rookies with 15 points
• Knoxville is 0-1-0 against Quad City

Quad City Storm (12-15-0, 24 pts, 8th)

• Matt Ustaski (18g, 13a) is fifth in the SPHL with 31 points and his 18 goals are second most in the SPHL
• Leif Mattson is 12th (tied) in the SPHL with 24 points (12g, 12a)
• Defenseman Dillion Fournier is fourth amongst all blueliners with 20 points (2g, 18a). His 18 assists are the second most among defensemen
• Tommy Tsicos scored a goal in his 200th appearance for the franchise in a 4-1 defeat to the Rivermen earlier this season
• Quad City is 1-0-0 against Knoxville