Last Night’s Results
Macon Mayhem 4, Louisiana IceGators 0
Macon winger Vadim Guskov broke out of a recent slump with a goal and an assist last night, but it was goaltender Garrett Bartus who stole the show. Bartus made 29 saves as the IceGators were shut out in back-to-back games for the first time in four years. Louisiana winger Dylan Hood suffered a serious lower body injury in the third period of last night’s game. Hood was carted off the ice and sent to a local hospital. Hood’s condition has not been disclosed by the IceGators, but he is likely out for the rest of the season.
Fayetteville FireAntz 5, Mississippi RiverKings 4 (SO)
Fayetteville’s Nick Lazorko had a huge night against the RiverKings last night in Southaven. Lazorko put up two goals and two assists, assisting on Kyle Gibbons’ tally which sent the game to overtime. Taylor Thompson would score the deciding marker in the shootout for Fayetteville as they swept the RiverKings in a two-game set.
Pensacola Ice Flyers 3, Peoria Rivermen 2
The Ice Flyers’ line of Corey Banfield, Adam Pawlick, and Joe Caveney combined for five points on a pair of power play goals. Caveney would put home the game winner past Peoria’s David Jacobson with his second goal of the night as the Rivermen fell to the Ice Flyers for the first time since October.
Huntsville Havoc 2, Columbus Cottonmouths 1 (SO)
Superhero night drew over 4,000 fans to the Von Braun Center, and they were treated to a defensive battle which would fittingly be decided in a shootout. Huntsville’s Kyle McNeil and the Cottonmouths’ Chris Rial traded second period goals within five minutes of one another, and goalies Kevin Genoe for the Havoc and Columbus’ Brandon Jaeger combined for 58 saves.
Knoxville Ice Bears (25-19-5) at Columbus Cottonmouths (17-22-8)
- Eighth game of nine between the teams this season. Columbus holds a 5-2-0 edge in the series, with one victory coming in a shootout.
- Both teams have been on recent hot streaks. The Snakes are 6-2-2 in their last ten games, while the Ice Bears are 7-1-2.
- The Cottonmouths have done most of their damage early against the Ice Bears, outscoring Knoxville 12-3 in the first period.
- Neither team does well with the extra man in this situation. Columbus has the worst power play on home ice at 8.0%, and Knoxville is only at 9.9% with the extra man on the road.
- With a win tonight or a loss by the Macon Mayhem, the Ice Bears can secure a President’s Cup playoff berth.
Peoria Rivermen (34-10-3) at Pensacola Ice Flyers (26-17-4)
- Second of three games in the Rivs’ only trip to Florida this season. Pensacola took the first game last night, 3-2.
- Despite only 27 games with the Rivermen, veteran defenseman Dave Pszenyczny – who began the year with the ECHL Idaho Steelheads – has eight goals on the season. Knoxville’s Brad Pawlowski leads SPHL blueliners in goals with nine.
- Pensacola’s high-flying line of Corey Banfield-Adam Pawlick-Joe Caveney have combined for 35 points (13G/22A) over the past ten games.
- The Ice Flyers can lock in a spot in the President’s Cup playoffs with a point in tonight’s game or a Macon Mayhem loss.
Louisiana IceGators (21-24-4) at Huntsville Havoc (23-22-4)
- Sixth and final regular season game between the teams. The IceGators are leading the series, 3-2-0.
- The IceGators have been held scoreless for the past 142:45, and have been shut out in back-to-back games since the Mississippi Surge’s Kiefer Smiley and Mississippi RiverKings’ Scott Darling accomplished the same in February 2012. Both goalies also spent time with the IceGators – Darling in 2010-11, Smiley in 2013-14.
- Huntsville rookie center John Lidgett continues his sensational season, leading the Havoc with nine points (4G/5A) over the last ten games.
- Lidgett’s Louisiana counterpart, forward Zac Frischmon, is leading the IceGators with ten points (7G/3A) over the Gators’ past ten games.
- Huntsville at Macon – 4:30 ET
- Peoria at Pensacola – 4:05 CT
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