RAIL YARD DAWGS GAME NOTES: Rail Yard Dawgs (3-4-1) vs Marksmen

Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs

November 23, 2017 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! Please find tonight's Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs game notes attached.

ROANOKE RAIL YARD DAWGS

(3-4-1), 8th SPHL, 7 Pts

FAYETTEVILLE MARKSMEN

(2-7-1), 9th SPHL, 5 Pts

THANKSGIVING

Thursday - 7:05 PM

Berglund Center - Roanoke, VA

Broadcast: SPHL Live | Mixlr

LAST TIME OUT: David Gandara scored twice, Steve Mele and Phil Bronner had two assists each and the Rail Yard Dawgs dropped the Knoxville Ice Bears in overtime, 4-3, Saturday night at the Berglund Center. Brad Barone made 29 saves on 32 shots in the win and Roanoke won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

PACK YOUR BAGS Thursday's game is the final of a stretch of seven-straight that have taken place on Berglund Center ice for the Rail Yard Dawgs. Roanoke's last road game was on 10/27, an overtime win over the Macon Mayhem. That stretch will end on Friday night when the Dawgs hit the road for Tennessee to see the Knoxville Ice Bears. Roanoke has gone 2-3-1 during the current stretch of home games

THE OTHER GUYS: Fayetteville enters Thursday's game sitting in ninth place in the ten team SPHL and in the midst of a prolonged skid. The Marksmen began the season 2-1-0 but are now 0-6-1 in their last seven games. Fayetteville has not won a game since defeating Huntsville on 10/28 and it has not recorded a point since falling to Knoxville in OT on 11/4. The Marksmen allow a league-worst 4.8 goals per game.

CREAM OF THE CROP: Steve Mele recorded seven assists in the Dawgs two overtime wins last weekend and for his efforts was named the SPHL's player of the week. Mele set a franchise record with five assists in Thursday's 6-5 win over Macon and assisted on seven straight goals from Thursday to Saturday. His player of the week honor was the first of the season for Roanoke.

WORKING OVERTIME: Both of the Rail Yard Dawgs games last week needed extra time to be decided, a 6-5 win over Macon on Thursday and a 4-3 win over Knoxville on Friday. Four of Roanoke eight games this season have now gone to overtime with the Dawgs going 3-1during said games.

BANGED UP: Roanoke moved Brian Rowland from the 21-day to the 30-day IR on Thursday and placed Joe Sova on the 21-day IR.

STRIKING FIRST: The Rail Yard Dawgs did not score first in any of their first six games and went 1-4-1 during that stretch. Roanoke scored first in each of its games last week, a pair of OT victories.

POWERFUL: Roanoke's power play has been firing on all cylinders to begin the 2017-18 season- it has converted on 11 of 46 opportunities. The Dawgs rank second in the SPHL with a 23.9% success rate on the power play and have power play goals in each of their last seven games.

UP NEXT: The Rail Yard Dawgs hit the road for the first time in the month of November to take on the Knoxville Ice Bears in Tennessee. Friday's puck drop at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum is scheduled for 7:35 PM

-- *Brian Gardner* *Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs * *Broadcasting and Media Relations Manager*

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! Please find tonight's Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs game notes attached.

ROANOKE RAIL YARD DAWGS

( 3-4-1 ), 8 th SPHL, 7 Pts

FAYETTEVILLE MARKSMEN

( 2-7-1 ), 9 th SPHL, 5 Pts

THANKSGIVING

Thursday - 7:05 PM

Berglund Center - Roanoke, VA

Broadcast: SPHL Live | Mixlr

LAST TIME OUT: David Gandara scored twice, Steve Mele and Phil Bronner had two assists each and the Rail Yard Dawgs dropped the Knoxville Ice Bears in overtime, 4-3, Saturday night at the Berglund Center. Brad Barone made 29 saves on 32 shots in the win and Roanoke won back-to-back games for the first time this season.

PACK YOUR BAGS Thursday's game is the final of a stretch of seven-straight that have taken place on Berglund Center ice for the Rail Yard Dawgs. Roanoke's last road game was on 10/27, an overtime win over the Macon Mayhem. That stretch will end on Friday night when the Dawgs hit the road for Tennessee to see the Knoxville Ice Bears. Roanoke has gone 2-3-1 during the current stretch of home games

THE OTHER GUYS: Fayetteville enters Thursday's game sitting in ninth place in the ten team SPHL and in the midst of a prolonged skid. The Marksmen began the season 2-1-0 but are now 0-6-1 in their last seven games. Fayetteville has not won a game since defeating Huntsville on 10/28 and it has not recorded a point since falling to Knoxville in OT on 11/4. The Marksmen allow a league-worst 4.8 goals per game.

CREAM OF THE CROP: Steve Mele recorded seven assists in the Dawgs two overtime wins last weekend and for his efforts was named the SPHL's player of the week. Mele set a franchise record with five assists in Thursday's 6-5 win over Macon and assisted on seven straight goals from Thursday to Saturday. His player of the week honor was the first of the season for Roanoke.

WORKING OVERTIME: Both of the Rail Yard Dawgs games last week needed extra time to be decided, a 6-5 win over Macon on Thursday and a 4-3 win over Knoxville on Friday. Four of Roanoke eight games this season have now gone to overtime with the Dawgs going 3-1during said games.

BANGED UP: Roanoke moved Brian Rowland from the 21-day to the 30-day IR on Thursday and placed Joe Sova on the 21-day IR.

STRIKING FIRST: The Rail Yard Dawgs did not score first in any of their first six games and went 1-4-1 during that stretch. Roanoke scored first in each of its games last week, a pair of OT victories.

POWERFUL: Roanoke's power play has been firing on all cylinders to begin the 2017-18 season- it has converted on 11 of 46 opportunities. The Dawgs rank second in the SPHL with a 23.9% success rate on the power play and have power play goals in each of their last seven games.

UP NEXT: The Rail Yard Dawgs hit the road for the first time in the month of November to take on the Knoxville Ice Bears in Tennessee. Friday's puck drop at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum is scheduled for 7:35 PM

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