Week seven of the SPHL season kicks off tonight with a pair of games on the schedule. The Peoria Rivermen make their second defense of the SPHL Title Belt on the road against the Knoxville Ice Bears, and the Mississippi RiverKings put their league-best record to the test against the surging Huntsville Havoc. First, The Sin Bin recognizes the best players in the league during the month of November with our three stars. This month, our SPHL Three Stars share a common link.
The Sin Bin’s Three Stars for November
|★||Devin Mantha, Center, Mississippi RiverKings
Mantha has 14 points (4G, 10A) through November, and leads the league in power play scoring with six points (1G, 5A) including a shorthanded tally. The 6’0″ center also has a +7 plus/minus rating, and had a 10-game point scoring streak that was snapped in Knoxville on 11/28.
|★★||Berkley Scott, Center, Fayetteville FireAntz
The former Knoxville Ice Bear has been a main factor in the Antz’ turnaround this season. Scott has scored 12 points (2G, 10A) in all ten games for Fayetteville, a +6 plus/minus rating, and three points on the power play (1G, 2A). The Anoka, Minnesota native can get the longest point scoring streak this season with a point tomorrow night against the IceGators.
|★★★||Corey Banfield, Left Wing, Pensacola Ice Flyers
Banfield is tied for the league lead in scoring with 15 points (7G, 8A) with five (3G, 2A) points coming on the power play. Banfield’s 10-game point streak ended last Saturday in Fayetteville.
Title Belt Game: Peoria Rivermen (8-3-1) at Knoxville Ice Bears (5-8-2)
- Second meeting this season. The Rivermen defeated the Ice Bears, 3-2 in overtime, on November 14th
- Knoxville’s Trever Hertz is tied for the league’s scoring lead with 14 points (4G, 11A)
- Peoria’s Kyle Rank has the league’s best goals against average with 2.04.
- The Ice Bears have the most goals allowed in the league with 54.
Mississippi RiverKings (9-2-1) at Huntsville Havoc (8-5-0)
- Second meeting this season. The RiverKings won the previous meeting, 6-5, on November 24th.
- Huntsville’s Jason Popek (4G) and Mississippi’s Mark Pustin (3G) combined for seven goals the last time these teams met.
- The RiverKings’ Pete Di Salvo has the league’s best save percentage, stopping 93.3% of shots faced.
- Pustin is leading the league in goals scored with nine.
- The Havoc have a +8 goal differential in the first period.
- The RiverKings have the best power play on the road, converting 29.4% of opportunities.
- Knoxville at Columbus
- Peoria at Mississippi
- Fayetteville at Louisiana
- Macon at Pensacola