The return of David Segal to Knoxville headlines tonight’s three game schedule in the SPHL. Segal played in 288 games as a Knoxville Ice Bear over seven seasons, and holds team records in both season (299) and career (1533) penalty minutes. Still well-liked in Knoxville, Segal will likely square up against the man who replaced him, Ice Bears enforcer Dennis Sicard.

Mississippi RiverKings at Macon Mayhem

  • Third meeting between the teams this season. The RiverKings defeated the Mayhem in both previous games, 4-1 on October 24th and 4-3 in overtime on November 6th.
  • RiverKings captain Leo Thomas will not play in tonight’s match due to a league suspension for a spearing hit on Tuesday night against Pensacola.
  • The RiverKings’ Mark Pustin & Charles Mosey and Macon’s Dan Gentzler are all tied for the league lead in rookie scoring with six points.
  • Macon has the league’s best penalty kill percentage with a 94.7% success rate.

Pensacola Ice Flyers at Knoxville Ice Bears

  • Third meeting between the teams this season. Pensacola defeated Knoxville 5-2 on November 6th and Knoxville won 6-2 the following night.
  • Tonight is the first game that Ice Flyers forward David Segal will play in Knoxville as a visiting player.
  • Corey Banfield of the Ice Flyers is tied for second in league scoring with seven points.
  • Getting off to a fast start is important for both teams. Knoxville (3-0-0) and Pensacola (2-0-0) are undefeated when leading after the first period.

Columbus Cottonmouths at Huntsville Havoc

  • Huntsville is celebrating Friday the 13th with special Freddy Krueger themed jerseys.
  • Both teams like to put the puck in play. Huntsville (38.0) and Columbus (34.8) have the most shots on goal per game in the league.
  • The longest winless streak for the Cottonmouths is eight games, from 11/20/08 – 12/6/08.
  • The Havoc are the league’s most penalized team with 39.2 penalty minutes per game, 15 majors, and nine 10-min/game misconducts.

Recent Transactions

Louisiana IceGators

  • Nick Kuqali (D) Loaned to ECHL Fort Wayne Komets
  • Eric Tallent (D) Signed

Tomorrow’s Games

  • Title Belt Game – Fayetteville @ Louisiana – 7:05 CT
  • Pensacola @ Macon – 7:30 ET
  • Knoxville @ Peoria – 7:05 CT

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