LAFAYETTE, LA – In case you missed it – and chances are you haven’t – we released our third annual SPHL All Star Team yesterday. Twenty-two players, representing every team in the league, were named to this year’s Team North and Team South squads for a friendly, though fictional, three-on-three exhibition. We had a fantastic time with this project, and the response from the greatest fans in all of hockey once again exceeded our
wildest craziest most insane most jaw-droppingly ridiculous expectations. Thanks so much to all of you for making me run out of superlatives to describe your enthusiasm and passion for the game, this league, and its players. I also have to express my gratitude to the media directors for all of the SPHL teams for their cooperation and for going over and beyond the call of duty in this project. I cannot thank y’all enough.
Still, there is a subset of SPHL players who fell through the cracks during All Star Month – the 57 guys currently on callups in the ECHL. You have not been forgotten, boys. We ran through a list during this week’s podcast, and it only fits we release our 2018 ECHL Callup All Star Team. Read on, y’all!
- Sean Bonar (Pensacola → Atlanta) – 13 GP, 7-2-1, 1 SO, 2.37 GAA, .928 SV%
- Jeremy Brodeur (Evansville → Allen) – 25 GP, 10-7-3, 3.18 GAA, .921 SV%
- Anthony Calabrese (Huntsville (From Pensacola) → Allen) – 8 GP and would have made the SPHL All Star team had he not been traded.
- Chris Joseph (Macon → Jacksonville) – 17 GP, 4 Assists
- Don Olivieri (Mississippi → Norfolk → Rapid City) – 22 GP, 3 Goals, 6 Assists
- Tyler Deresky (Evansville → Rapid City) – 15 GP, 3 Goals, 4 Assists
- Josh Erickson (Knoxville → Kansas City → Jacksonville) – 18 GP, 6 Goals, 3 Assists
- Christian Horn (Peoria → Norfolk) – 12 GP, 5 Goals, 3 Assists
- Brian Morgan (Pensacola → Reading) – 20 GP, 5 Goals, 4 Assists, +5 Plus/Minus
- Derek Sutliffe (Mississippi → Greenville) – 20 GP, 2 Goals, 2 Assists
- Daniel Tedesco (Mississippi → Idaho) – 13 GP, 2 Goals, 2 Assists, +2 Plus/Minus
Naming our All Callup Team is a fitting end to All Star Month as we say goodbye to Roanoke and move on to Pensacola, our 2019 “Host City.” Stick taps to all 76 players who have spent time in the ECHL this season, proof positive the SPHL is the premier single-A development league in minor pro hockey.
Finally, we’d like to welcome our first SPHL photographer to Team Sin Bin! Bryan Meeks, a photographer for the Macon Mayhem, will begin to post his game photos on our website soon. You can check out Bryan’s work on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/maconhockeyfan/ or on his website at https://orbicular.media/. Y’all give him a warm welcome, and we think you’ll enjoy his game galleries!
Birmingham Bulls at Fayetteville Marksmen – 7:00 ET
- Tonight’s game marks the third meeting between the teams. Both teams have scored a win in the season series.
- A sweep by either team in this two-game weekend set at the Crown Coliseum will significantly boost their postseason hopes. The Marksmen can possibly move into a playoff spot, or the Bulls can once again move out of the SPHL cellar.
- Both teams could use a change in fortunes, as both are 3-6-1 over their last ten games but are also coming off of wins.
- This stretch of the season is especially crucial to both teams. Fayetteville plays Birmingham three times and Roanoke twice during this six-game period. The Bulls’ next four games feature three games against the Marksmen and a game against the Rail Yard Dawgs.
- @SinBinSwami sez – Both teams at the bottom of the SPHL. Both teams made big trades with Peoria recently. New forward Dakota Klecha with GWG. Fayetteville 4, Birmingham 3
Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs at Macon Mayhem – 7:35 ET
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- The Dawgs have had the Mayhem’s number this year, winning two of the previous three games.
- Dishing out the Dawg food – Steve Mele has seven of his 24 assists this season against the Mayhem.
- Three men of Mayhem – Jake Trask, Caleb Cameron, and Stathis Soumelidis each have three goals against Roanoke. Bad news for Macon, Soumelidis is on loan to the Adirondack Thunder.
- Tie ’em up – On the road this season, Roanoke is 4-1-1 when tied after the first period and 0-6-1 otherwise.
- @SinBinSwami sez – Macon has too much talent for the Dawgs, and they are on home ice. Macon 5, Roanoke 3
Knoxville Ice Bears at Mississippi RiverKings – 7:00 CT
- The Kings have held court this season against the Ice Bears, going 3-0-1 this season.
- Spreading the wealth – No player on either team has more than two goals during this season’s series.
- Can’t mess with the Zoltan – Zoltan Hetenyi has been unable to dethrone the Kings this season, going 1-3-0 despite a respectable 2.74 GAA and .926 SV%. Hetenyi’s is currently in Greenville, however, so Troy Davenport (3-0-1, 2.72, .921) gets the nod tonight.
- Green… as in Money – Tyler Green has been cashing in against Knoxville this season, going 3-0-1 with an excellent 1.71 GAA, .940 SV%, and a shutout.
- @SinBinSwami sez – Both teams have had up-and-down seasons so far. Knoxville has Hetenyi up in the ECHL. Advantage RiverKings. Mississippi 6, Knoxville 3
Huntsville Havoc at Pensacola Ice Flyers – 7:05 CT
- The teams have met five times already this season, with the Ice Flyers winning three – including the last two during a home-and-home weekend in November.
- New streak for New Cabbage – Don’t look now, but Sy Nutkevitch is back on a five-game point scoring streak. Nutkevitch still has a way to go before he hits his season high of 13 straight games on the scoresheet, but the Huntsville center is rarely held in check.
- Charlie’s got a golden ticket – Pensacola’s Charlie Adams has had the hot hand lately, scoring seven goals and three assists over the Flyers’ last five games.
- Who’s skills will reign supreme? – Both Huntsville’s Christian Powers and Pensacola’s Jessyko Bernard are tied along with Knoxville’s Berkley Scott for the SPHL goal-scoring lead with 17 tallies.
- @SinBinSwami sez – Both teams have top-tier talent. Huntsville has struggled of late Tonight starts the turnaround. Huntsville 4, Pensacola 3
Title Belt Game – Evansville Thunderbolts at Peoria Rivermen – 7:15 CT
- We’re past the mid-way point in this year’s season series between the northern rivals. Once again, the boys from Illinois are in control of things, taking five of the previous seven decisions.
- No shave from this barber tonight – Jacob Barber leads the Rivermen in scoring against Evansville this season. Since his trade to Birmingham for Keegan Bruce, the rookie from Stevens Point will have to wait until Feburary 8th to pad his stats further.
- He’s not hot… he’s scorching – John Scorcia has led the Bolts with eight points (3G/5A) against Peoria this season and seven points (2G/5A) over his last five games.
- Don’t call it a comeback – When in the friendly confines of Carver Arena, the Rivermen have won three of five games when trailing after 40 minutes.
- @SinBinSwami sez – A battle between two of the top teams in the league. Peoria made a flurry of moves this week, it might take a game or two for the new players to gel and Evansville has best road record in league. Evansville 4, Peoria 3
Tomorrow Night’s Games
- Macon at Fayetteville – 6:00 ET
- Birmingham at Roanoke – 7:05 ET
- Mississippi at Knoxville – 7:35 ET
- Huntsville at Pensacola – 7:05 CT
- Peoria at Evansville – 7:15 CT