December 5, 2017 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
ROANOKE RAIL YARD DAWGS
(2-4-1), T-8th SPHL, 5 Pts
KNOXVILLE ICE BEARS
LAST TIME OUT: Colin Murray scored twice, Steve Mele handed out five assists and the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs bested the Macon Mayhem in overtime, 6-5, at the Berglund Center. The Dawgs win was their first home win of the season and it snapped a four-game winless streak.
HOME COOKIN': Roanoke is five games into a stretch of seven straight that will take place on Berglund Center ice. The Rail Yard Dawgs have not played on the road since a 5-4 overtime win in Macon against the Mayhem on October 27. Roanoke has gone 1-3-1 during the current stretch of home games
THE OTHER GUYS: The Ice Bears journey to the Roanoke Valley for the first of ten scheduled meetings between the two clubs this season. Knoxville dominated the season series in 2016-17 going 1-6-1 in the eight match-ups between the two teams. The Ice Bears bounced back from what had been back-to-back losses with a 3-1 victory at home against Fayetteville.
APPLES GALORE: Steve Mele set a career-high and franchise-record with five assists in the 6-5 overtime win over the Macon Mayhem. Mele assisted on the last five Dawgs goals including the Colin Murray game-winner in OT. No Rail Yard Dawg had ever had more than three assists in a game, a feat that was accomplished once each by Massimo Lamacchia and Nick Schneider in the 2016-17 season. Mele doubled his assist total on Thursday and his ten helpers are now tied for third-most in the SPHL.
WORKING OVERTIME: The Rail Yard Dawgs 6-5 overtime win over Macon on Thursday was the third time in eight games that Roanoke had needed extra time to decide the outcome. The Dawgs are now 2-1 in OT this season with both of their wins coming against the Mayhem
STRIKING FIRST: Dmytro Babenko's first period goal represented the first time this season that Roanoke had scored first. The Dawgs went 8-7-4 when scoring first last season.
AN ODDITY RECTIFIED: The Rail Yard Dawgs outshot the Mayhem, 38-32, in Thursday's 6-5 overtime win. It was the first time in franchise history that the Dawgs won a game while outshooting an opponent. Prior to Thursday Roanoke was 0-9-2 all-time when tallying more shots than the opposition.
FRESH BLOOD: Roanoke signed rookie forward Mathias Tellstrom to a three-game contract on Friday. A native of Linkoping, Sweden, Tellstrom spent the last two seasons of junior hockey with the Metro Jets of the NA3HL where he totaled 53 goals and 99 assists over 88 games.
UP NEXT: The Rail Yard Dawgs return to action against the Fayetteville Marksmen at the Berglund Center.