LAFAYETTE, La. — Happy New Year, y’all! After getting a nasty case of the flu for my Christmas present, I’m on the road to recovery in 2019. Last week’s illness nixed my road trip to Birmingham and Huntsville, but I’ll be in Macon tonight for the Mayhem/Dawgs game and in Pensacola on Saturday to catch the Ice Flyers and Marksmen.
Since we’re now in 2019, and only days away from breaking our new year’s resolutions, this week’s game capsules will include the resolutions from all of our SPHL teams.
Tonight’s Game Capsules
Title Belt Game: Huntsville Havoc at Peoria Rivermen – 7:15 CT
- We, the Huntsville Havoc, do firmly resolve to have John Schiavo make trick shots in every SPHL barn.
- The Peoria Rivermen, being of sound mind and body, do hereby resolve to sign a local player on every road trip. It worked for Jack Prince, didn’t it?
- Tonight is the third game between the Havoc and Rivermen this season, with Peoria winning two of the previous matches.
- The Rivermen have been outshot only twice this season, going 1-1-0 in those games.
- Sy Nutkevitch has found his scoring touch. The veteran forward has 12 points (5G/7A) in his last ten games.
- Sin Bin Swami Sez: Huntsville managed only ten shots on goal in their last visit to Carver Arena. They’ll get more pucks on net tonight, but a similar result. Peoria 3, Huntsville 1.
Birmingham Bulls at Knoxville Ice Bears – 7:30 ET
- We, the Birmingham Bulls, resolve to wear special matador jerseys and have Toro chase us around the rink during warmups.
- The Knoxville Ice Bears resolve for 2019 to never allow another power play goal.
- The Bulls and Ice Bears split the first two games in their season series.
- After their record 11-game win streak to open the season, the Bulls have gone 7-6-0 since.
- The Ice Bears have won three games when trailing after two periods – the most of any team in the league.
- Sin Bin Swami Sez: The Ice Bears may not allow any power play goals tonight, but not having Lucas Bombardier is going to hurt them. Birmingham 4, Knoxville 3 (OT).
Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs at Macon Mayhem – 7:30 ET
- The Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs do hereby resolve to wear those red jerseys when playing in Georgia, so everyone thinks they’re those other Dawgs.
- We, the Macon Mayhem, do firmly resolve to let someone other than Jake Trask score on the power play.
- The Mayhem lead the season series, four games to two, but the Dawgs have won the last two matches.
- Proud fish owner Cody Dion has been the thorn in the side of the Mayhem. Dion leads all Roanoke players with three goals against Macon, with 30 penalty minutes.
- Sin Bin Swami Sez: It’s been almost two years since the Mayhem dropped more than three decisions in a row. Macon 4, Roanoke 2.
Quad City Storm at Evansville Thunderbolts – 7:15 CT
- We, the Quad City Storm, do firmly resolve to never play a game with 12 skaters ever again.
- The Evansville Thunderbolts do hereby affirm to always have Bo Driscoll on their roster at some point of every season.
- Tonight is the sixth meeting between the teams this season, with the Storm winning three of the previous five.
- The Storm’s top-rated power play has been especially successful against Evansville, going 6-for-18 with the man advantage.
- The Thunderbolts have had the lead only five times after two periods this season, with a 3-1-1 record in those games.
- Sin Bin Swami Sez: The Storm will be better stocked tonight than they were last weekend. Quad City 3, Evansville 1.
Fayetteville Marksmen at Pensacola Ice Flyers – 7:35 CT
- We, the Fayetteville Marksmen, do firmly resolve to install a t-shirt cannon on top of our Zamboni tank.
- The Pensacola Ice Flyers hereby affirm to continue scoring goals even though Garrett Milan is in the ECHL.
- First meeting between the teams this season. Last year, the Ice Flyers swept all five games of the season series against the Marksmen.
- The Hauswitzer is firing once again. In the Marksmen’s last five games, Jake Hauswirth has four goals.
- The Ice Flyers are the only team in the league to not allow a shorthanded goal this season.
- Sin Bin Swami Sez: The Flyers may have found their mojo after last week’s sweep of Birmingham. The Marksmen are good at playing from behind, though. Fayetteville 5, Pensacola 4 (OT).
- Macon at Roanoke – 7:05 ET
- Birmingham at Knoxville – 7:30 ET
- Fayetteville at Pensacola – 7:05 CT
- Huntsville at Quad City – 7:10 CT
- Evansville at Peoria – 7:15 CT