LAFAYETTE, La. — We had plenty of lamp-lighting tonight around the Southern Pro league. In fact, there was so much scoring in Roanoke we lost the video feed at the Berglund Center for a while. No doubt, a power surge caused by rampant red-lighting.
No Goalie Battle Tonight in Roanoke
The same goaltenders took the ice tonight for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs and Fayetteville Marksmen, but it was a completely different game between the two northeastern rivals. The Dawgs and Marksmen combined for 13 goals – including four on the power play and one shorthanded marker. This game was mostly a back-and-forth affair until Fayetteville put it away with three unanswered goals to close out the game in the third period in the Marksmen’s 8-5 win. Darren McCormick gets the hat trick – the league’s second in as many weeks – and Joe Osaka earns a Gordie for his two goals, an assist, and a fight with Steve Mele.
The Mausoleum Ice Rings Up Another Victim
The Macon Mayhem and Knoxville Ice Bears were in a close game until the 4:26 mark of the third period, when ice problems caused a lengthy delay. Four seconds after play resumed, Macon’s Brandon Fehd scores from the high slot and the Mayhem never looked back. The Macon Coliseum’s rink is regarded as the league’s worst ice and the Ice Bears became its latest casualty.
Peoria Makes a Statement
The Peoria Rivermen made sure there would not be a fairytale ending in Moline tonight. The Rivermen scored early and often against the Quad City Storm, with Rivermen goalie Stephen Klein playing over 57 minutes of shutout hockey in his first pro start. Six different players scored for Peoria tonight in a convincing 6-1 win over the Storm, outshooting Quad City 34-10 after two periods before settling back in the third.
The Power Play Makes the Difference for Huntsville
Through 40 minutes at the Hanger, Huntsville’s Mike DeLaVergne and his Pensacola counterpart, Andrew D’Agostini, were mired in a classic goaltending duel. The Havoc netminder turned down a barrage of shots tonight, while D’Agostini swatted away repeated breakaway attempts throughout the night. However, Rob Darrar‘s third marker of the season – and his second power play goal – was all the margin DeLaVergne and his 40-save night needed.
Two Teams Going in Different Directions at the Bullpen
Unlike the team’s two previous wins, the Birmingham Bulls played a complete game against the struggling Evansville Thunderbolts. Birmingham, the league’s only unbeaten team at 3-0-0, opened up the early lead and never relinquished control. Craig Simchuk scored the Bulls’ first and last goals, while Mavric Parks had a quality 31-save performance. The same two teams meet again in a week as the Bolts will try to avoid a 0-4-0 start.
Tonight’s SPHL Three Stars
★ – DeLaVergne (G-HSV) – 40/41 Saves
★★ – Osaka (F-FAY) – Two Goals, Assist, Gordie
★★★ – McCormick (F-FAY) – Three Goals, GWG
One More Thing…
A big-time stick tap goes out to Clark Ruhland of Salem, Virginia for designing these beauties for the Dawgs tonight. Ruhland was the winner of Roanoke’s jersey design contest, with his creation being sported in tonight’s game.