Last Night’s Recaps
Knoxville Ice Bears 5, Fayetteville FireAntz 3
The Knoxville Ice Bears’ rise up the SPHL standings continues. In the first five minutes, the Bears jumped out to a 2-0 lead over the Fayetteville FireAntz. Fayetteville and Knoxville would trade goals (and punches) through two periods before the Ice Bears clamped down defensively. The Ice Bears went on to win their second in a row against Fayetteville at the KCAC, 5-3. Knoxville’s Zack LaRue scored two goals with an assist as the Ice Bears took sole possession of third place in the SPHL standings.
Peoria Rivermen 3, Pensacola Ice Flyers 1
Meanwhile, at Carver Arena, the Pensacola Ice Flyers’ high-powered scoring line of Corey Banfield, Adam Pawlick, and Joe Caveney were held in check by the stifling defensive unit of the Peoria Rivermen. The Rivs’ offense struggled without left winger Chris Wilson, out for the month on injured reserve. Tonight, Matt Summers and Steve Morra provided all the offense the Rivermen would need tonight. Peoria goalie Kyle Rank made 30 saves, and Mike Gurtler iced the Flyers’ wings with an empty-net goal as the Rivermen took game one of a three-game weekend set with the Ice Flyers, 3-1.
Mississippi RiverKings (23-13-7) at Huntsville Havoc (21-20-3)
- Eighth game between the teams this season. Huntsville leads the series, 4-2-1.
- With nine points (3G/6A) Huntsville’s John Lidgett is the leading scorer in the season series. Lidgett is also the league’s rookie scoring leader with 38 points (14G/24A).
- Mississippi goaltender Garrett Sheehan has started the last 14 games. Sheehan has lost his last three starts.
- The Havoc are 7-2-1 at home when leading after the first period, and a perfect 8-0-0 when leading after 40 minutes.
Macon Mayhem (18-23-4) at Columbus Cottonmouths (15-21-6)
- Macon leads the series 5-1-1. The teams will play one more time in the Mayhem’s regular season finale on April 1st.
- Columbus is currently four points behind Macon for the eighth and final playoff position.
- Mayhem goalie Garrett Bartus leads all goaltenders with 2103:33 time in net.
- Macon has the league’s top power play on the road at 21.3%. Columbus’ home penalty kill is last in the league at 74.6%
Pensacola Ice Flyers (22-16-3) at Peoria Rivermen (31-8-3)
- Second game of a three-game weekend series at Carver Arena. The Rivermen won last night, 3-1. The series will conclude on Sunday afternoon.
- Peoria’s Brandon Greenside continues to lead SPHL defensemen in scoring with 30 points (5G/25A).
- The Ice Flyers have lost their fourth straight road game – tied for longest in the league this season.
- The Rivermen extend their record to 10-0-0 in games where forward Steve Morra has scored a goal.
- Fayetteville at Knoxville – 3:00 ET
- Pensacola at Peoria – 3:05 CT
- Columbus at Louisiana – 3:05 CT