Buddy, Can I Buy a Goal?
Tonight was goalie night in the SPHL with three netminders putting up clean sheets, two of them repeating defenders. Huntsville’s Max Milocek stopped 34 in the Havoc’s 5-0 thumping of the Knoxville Ice Bears. Down in Pensacola, Birmingham Bulls backstop Mavric Parks is now 9-0-0 on the season and hasn’t been scored in 124:42 with a 41-save snow job of the Pensacola Ice Flyers. Not to be outdone… The surging Quad City Storm’s Eric Levine hasn’t let in a puck in 164:50. The Storm rolled the Evansville Thunderbolts, 4-0, on Levine’s 41 saves.
The record for the SPHL’s longest scoreless streak is in danger of falling Saturday night. Columbus Cottonmouths goaltending great Andrew Loewen holds the mark at 191:07.
Buddy, Can I Buy a Goal – Part Two
The Pensacola Ice Flyers have had issues in the offensive zone all season long. Rod Aldoff’s crew have been held to two goals or less in 11 of their 13 games this season and only six scores over their last five games.
Special teams have been especially painful for Pensacola recently. Over their last five games, the Flyers have gone 3-for-23 on the power play, while allowing five goals in 19 penalty killing situations.
Nobody Circles the Wagons Like the
Peoria Rivermen Fayetteville Marksmen
The Fayetteville Marksmen flipped the script on the Peoria Rivermen tonight. After falling behind two-nil after two periods, the Rivermen do what they usually do – even up the score quickly in the third period with a pair of tallies in a 71-second span.
This time, the Marksmen answered right back with two goals in 2:11 then added an empty-netter to hand the Rivermen their first regulation loss of the season.
Is Ian Moran on the Hot Seat in Evansville?
As much as I like coach Moran and all of his years in the NHL, his experience isn’t translating into wins for the Thunderbolts. While it’s never easy for a first-year coach in what is essentially a rebuilt franchise, the Bolts have hit a 7-0-1 skid to go along with their initial five-game losing streak in their first 15 games. To be fair Evansville has had a brutal schedule to open the season, but back-to-back scoreless games against the expansion Storm cannot be sitting well with the 1,263 of the Ford Center faithful in attendance tonight.
Last season, former Fayetteville coach Nick Mazzonlini went 3-7-1 before he got his walking papers. At their current pace, the 2-12-1 Thunderbolts are on pace for 19 points of the season. The last sentence isn’t a typo, I did the math – three times.
Hopefully, the Thunderbolts can turn things around and we can keep a guy like Moran in the league.
The Sin Bin SPHL Three Stars of the Night
★ – Levine (Quad City Storm) – Currently, Levine holds the 5th longest shutout sequence in league history after stopping 41 against the Thunderbolts.
★★ – Parks (Birmingham Bulls) – Parks also had a 41-save performance against Pensacola tonight, but he’s going to need another blanking on Sunday before he can threaten an all-time record.
★★★ – Cody Brown (Fayetteville Marksmen) – As much as I’d like to give the third star to Milosek tonight, the skaters need some love and Brown (two goals, assist, +2) was the thorn in Peoria’s side all night.
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