LAFAYETTE, La. — Last Sunday, the Peoria Rivermen had a statement win when they secured their first-ever regulation win in the Pensacola Bay Center. Last night, the Rivermen built on the momentum from last week with a 4-1 statement win over the Macon Mayhem. With 26 wins in 33 games, the Rivermen are on pace to win an unheard-of forty-four games this season. The only question remaining between now and the end of the regular season is who Jean-Guy Trudel will select with the first pick in the Challenge Round on April 6th.
The SPHL All-Star season has gotten off to a fantastic start this year. The finalists for our fan voting have been released for all ten teams and the coaches have been named for the Team North and Team South squads. Thursday, the first-ever All-Star jerseys were revealed and we appreciate the great feedback from the fans from across the league. We at The Sin Bin, the SPHL, and DASH Auction have worked hard at making this year’s all-star project the best yet and it’s great to see our vision and effort become a reality.
We hope y’all are enjoying All-Star Month as much as we are!
Evansville Thunderbolts at Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs – 7:05 ET
- Tonight is the third match between the teams. The Dawgs last hosted the Bolts in a two-game set in November, winning both.
- Roanoke All-Star finalist Jordan Carvalho has had the hot hand lately with three goals and three assists in his last five games.
- Newcomer Alex Murray has been a bright spot in net for the Thunderbolts. Murray won his lone start in Fayetteville last weekend and has a 1-0-0 record, a 2.14 GAA with a .938 save percentage since signing in Evansville last week.
- Roanoke (15.4%, 77.5%) and Evansville (11.3%, 75.4%) are ninth and tenth, respectively, in both power play and penalty kill percentages.
- Sin Bin Swami sez: After a pair of post-regulation losses in Birmingham, the Dawgs are in no position to overlook anyone. Roanoke 4, Evansville 2.
Fayetteville Marksmen at Knoxville Ice Bears – 7:30 ET
- The teams meet for the fifth time this season. Both teams have two wins in the season series, with the Marksmen holding a 2-0-2 edge to the Ice Bears’ 2-1-1 record.
- Michael Santaguida is out in Knoxville. The Ice Bears’ opening-night winner was waived on Thursday.
- Darren McCormick and Tim Kielich have had the Ice Bears’ number this season. Both Marksmen forwards have three goals against Knoxville this season.
- When playing from behind at home, the Ice Bears are 2-1-0 when trailing after two periods.
- Sin Bin Swami sez: These teams scored plenty of goals against each other earlier in the season, but both squads have improved defensively. Tonight’s edge goes to Knoxville at home. Knoxville 3, Fayetteville 2.
Peoria Rivermen at Macon Mayhem – 7:35 ET
- Last night’s 4-1 win by the Rivermen was the first game between the teams this season.
- With a point tonight, Peoria’s Ben Blasko will tie teammate Joe Kalisz and Birmingham’s Josh Harris for the longest point-scoring streak this season at 12 games.
- If the Mayhem can get a lead, they’re 9-0-0 when leading at home after the first period and 11-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes.
- However… the Rivermen are 2-0-1 on the road when trailing after the opening frame.
- Sin Bin Swami sez: Jake Trask may be out of the lineup tonight with an upper-body injury. Without Trask at 100%, this result is academic. Peoria 3, Macon 1.
Quad City Storm at Huntsville Havoc – 7:00 CT
- The Havoc swept the two games played at the TaxSlayer Center earlier this season against the Storm. Tonight is Quad City’s first visit to Rocket City.
- The once-feared power play for the Storm has gone silent lately. Quad City has zero goals on special teams over the last five games.
- Huntsville rookie Rob Darrar has been a busy helper with nine assists in five games.
- The Havoc do the most damage in the middle frame. Huntsville leads the league with 45 second-period scores and a +23 goal differential.
- Sin Bin Swami sez: The Havoc are the league’s least-penalized team – not a good matchup for a Storm team which relies on the power play. Huntsville 4, Quad City 1.
Birmingham Bulls at Pensacola Ice Flyers – 7:35 CT
- Tonight is game number nine between the Bulls and Ice Flyers. The Bulls took the first four games of the season series, but the Ice Flyers are on a four-game win streak in the season series.
- The Bulls’ power play has been humming at a 25.9% clip against the Pensacola penalty kill.
- Don’t leave early when these teams play. Pensacola and Birmingham have combined for 23 goals in the third period, compared to 24 goals over the first 40 minutes.
- He’s called the “Beast” in the Bay Center, and goaltender Brian Billett has lived up to the nickname. Billett has a 3-1-1 record with a 2.27 GAA and a .926 SV% over his last five games.
- Sin Bin Swami sez: The Ice Flyers have been building up momentum for a postseason run, and it should continue tonight. Pensacola 4, Birmingham 3.
- Knoxville at Fayetteville – 6:00 ET
- Evansville at Roanoke – 7:05 ET
- Peoria at Macon – 7:30 ET
- Pensacola at Birmingham – 7:00 CT
- Quad City at Huntsville – 7:00 CT
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