Thursday’s Games

Huntsville Havoc 4, Mississippi RiverKings 0

The Huntsville Havoc are for real. The boys from Rocket City rang up their second consecutive shutout last night against the league-leading Mississippi RiverKings, 4-0. Last Saturday, Jordan Ruby made 20 saves in blanking the Louisiana IceGators, as the Havoc rolled in Lafayette, 3-0. Kevin Genoe was in the pipes for Huntsville last night, making 31 saves against the RiverKings and extending the team’s scoreless streak to 124:05. Huntsville have won their last three games, four of their last five, and are now poised one point behind the RiverKings and the Peoria Rivermen for the SPHL’s best record.

Peoria Rivermen 4, Knoxville Ice Bears 3

Peoria’s Chris Wilson is enjoying the change of scenery. The former Louisiana IceGator notched his first hat trick since 2/8/2012 (playing with the Pensacola Ice Flyers) as his new teammates jumped out to a 3-0 lead over the Knoxville Ice Bears, then held on as the Bears mounted a third period comeback. Wilson’s third goal of the night proved to be the game winner, and the Rivermen prevailed over the defending champs, 4-3. Wilson has five goals in the three games since being traded to Peoria, and has scored in each game as a Riverman.

Tonight’s Games

Title Belt Game: Peoria Rivermen (9-3-1) at Mississippi RiverKings (9-3-1)

  • Second meeting this season. The RiverKings defeated the Rivermen, 2-1 in Southaven on November 3rd.
  • Rivermen left winger Chris Wilson has five goals since his trade from Louisiana. His three-game goal scoring streak is the league’s longest current streak.
  • The RiverKings are 5-0-1 in one-goal games at home, while the Rivermen are 3-1-0 on the road in close games.
  • Mississippi’s Mark Pustin is leading the league in power play goals with five.

Knoxville Ice Bears (5-9-2) at Columbus Cottonmouths (3-6-3)

  • Fourth meeting this season. The Cottonmouths have won two of the last three games, including the last meeting – a 6-4 victory in Columbus.
  • Ice Bears C Jason Berube will sit this game as the result of a one-game suspension for an unpenalized hit from behind last night against Peoria.
  • The Snakes have the second best penalty kill in the league with a 87.1% success rate.
  • Knoxville has the most shorthanded goals scored in the league with three, two of those scored on the road.

Fayetteville FireAntz (8-2-0) at Louisiana IceGators (5-6-2)

  • Third meeting this season. The two teams split the previous two games, with the FireAntz winning the last game, 2-1 in overtime on November 15th in the Cajundome.
  • Fayetteville defenseman Zach Carriveau was named the SPHL’s player of the month for November.
  • The FireAntz signed goaltender Curtis Martinu last week to replace Sean Bonar, and will serve as a backup to Parker Van Buskirk. Bonar was called up to ECHL Brampton.
  • IceGators’ blueliner Nick Kuqali is back with the team after a stint with ECHL Fort Wayne, as defenseman Mitch Stretch was placed on the 30-day injured reserve.
  • Fayetteville center Berkley Scott currently has a ten-game point scoring streak and a nine-game assist streak.
  • The FireAntz have the league’s best road penalty kill with a 95.0% success rate, and the IceGators have the worst home power play – scoring once (at 5-on-3) in 26 chances.

Macon Mayhem (3-6-3) at Pensacola Ice Flyers (3-6-3)

  • Second meeting this season. Pensacola won, 4-1, in Macon on November 14th.
  • Both teams have lost their last two games. Pensacola was swept in Fayetteville, and Macon lost both games in Peoria last weekend.
  • The Ice Flyers’ Corey Banfield scored a hat trick the last time the teams faced each other.
  • The Mayhem are the league’s least penalized team, averaging 13 penalty minutes per game.

Saturday’s Games

  • Macon at Columbus, 7:30 ET
  • Huntsville at Knoxville, 7:35 ET
  • Peoria at Mississippi, 7:05 CT
  • Fayetteville at Pensacola, 7:05 CT

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