November 12, 2017 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
LAST TIME OUT: The Rail Yard Dawgs got goals from Viktor Tiutchenko and Travis Armstrong but were defeated by the Evansville Thunderbolts, 5-2, Saturday night at the Berglund Center. Brad Barone made 42 saves on 47 shots before being lifted in the third period. Evansville outshot Roanoke, 59-28, in the game.
HOME COOKIN': Roanoke is two games into a stretch of seven straight that will take place on Berglund Center ice. The Rail Yard Dawgs will not play on the road again until they travel to Knoxville on November 24.
THE OTHER GUYS: The RiverKings enter the weekend at 2-2-0, sitting in eighth place in the SPHL. Mississippi has lost back-to-back games, most recently a 7-3 drubbing at the hands of the Macon Mayhem on Friday at home.
HELP HAS ARRIVED: Roanoke got some help on its blue line on Wednesday when Joe Sova was returned from loan to the Norfolk Admirals (NSH: ECHL). Sova appeared in five games for the Admirals and scored one goal. He rejoins the Dawgs just in time to face his former team. The veteran blueliner had 7 goals and 19 assists over 49 games for Mississippi in 2016-17.
ADDITIONALLY...: Colin Murray was activated off injured reserve and is expected to make his season debut on Friday. Murray appeared in 16 games for the Dawgs last season and had six goals and four assists. As a counter to the Sova and Murray moves, defenseman Brian Rowland was placed on IR and forward Evan Schultz was waived.
HOT START: Riley Spraggs has registered a point in every game so far this season, totaling three goals and two assists. His three goals lead the team and he is even with Steve Mele with five total points to lead all Roanoke skaters.
FIRE AT WILL: The Rail Yard Dawgs allowed 59 shots on goal on Saturday, the second-most shots that Roanoke has ever allowed in a game. The all-time high is 63 against the Pensacola Ice Flyers during a 3-2 win on 2/4/17
PENALTY ASSASSINS: The Rail Yard Dawgs were a perfect 9-for-9 in killing off penalties last weekend against the Thunderbolts and now boast a 88.9% success rate on the PK. Roanoke's total is the third-best in the SPHL. That trails the league-leading RiverKings penalty kill; Mississippi has killed off 17 of 18 power plays against for an impressive 94.1% success rate.
UP NEXT: The Dawgs and RiverKings will tango for the second time in as many nights on Saturday night. Puck drop for Hockey Fights Cancer night is scheduled for 7:05 PM at the Berglund Center. The Rail Yard Dawgs will be wearing specialty jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game.