Rail Yard Dawgs (10-16-3) at Ice Bears
LAST TIME OUT: Matt Zenzola made 28 saves, John Gustafsson and Nick Schneider both scored and the Rail Yard Dawgs bested the Fayetteville Marksmen in a shootout, 3-2, Friday night at Berglund Center.
MELE FEASTING: Steve Mele extended his point streak to five games on Friday night against the Marksmen. During the life of his current streak, Mele has put up 11 points (five goals, six assists). It is his third point streak of at least five games this season. The Dawgs alternate captain is now tied for the league lead in both points (38) and assists (24). Jake Trask of the Macon Mayhem has matched Mele in both categories.
UNDER BREMNER: The Rail Yard Dawgs are now 5-5-1 in their 11 games under head coach Dan Bremner. He has faced the Ice Bears once as a head coach and his Dawgs fell at home on New Year's Eve, 4-1. Bremner began his professional playing career by playing two seasons for the Ice Bears from 2011-13. This is his first visit to Knoxville as a head coach.
HOME COOKIN': Despite being defeated at home to the Mississippi RiverKings, 3-2, on Friday night, the Ice Bears have been stellar on home ice this season. Over 13 games at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville is 9-4-0. The Ice Bears have scored 58 goals at home and allowed only 39. Knoxville's offense averages an absurd 4.5 goals per game during home games this season.
SKILLED IN THE SKILLS COMPETITION: Friday represented the third time this season that the Rail Yard Dawgs have needed a shootout to decide a winner. Roanoke is 3-0 in shootouts this season and now 2-0 against Fayetteville. Steve Mele scored on both of his attempts on Friday night and is now 3-for-3 on shootout tries for the season.
THE ALL-IMPORTANT FIRST GOAL: Roanoke scored first in Friday's 3-2 shootout win and improved to 6-2-0 when it scores first in a game. On the flip side, the Rail Yard Dawgs are 4-14-3 when their opponent gets the first goal.
WORKING OVERTIME: Friday's game was the tenth for the Rail Yard Dawgs that required extra time to be decided. Roanoke is 7-3 overall in OT games including the 3-0 mark in the shootout.
SPECIAL TEAMS: Knoxville owns the league's best penalty kill at 87.1%. The Ice Bears power play has also been solid, converting at 18.1%, the fourth-best rate in the SPHL. Roanoke's PK is ninth-best in the SPHL at 79.3% but has killed off nine of his last ten over the past three games.
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- Rail Yard Dawgs Fall in Knoxville, 10-0 - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
- Fiorentino, Hill Lead Marksmen to Shootout Victory - Fayetteville Marksmen
- Rail Yard Dawgs (10-16-3) at Ice Bears - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
- Marksmen Earn Point in Six-Round Shootout Defeat - Fayetteville Marksmen
- RiverKings Take Down Ice Bears 3-2 in Knoxville - Mississippi RiverKings
- Williams Scores Twice in 4-1 Win over Bulls - Evansville Thunderbolts
- GAME RECAP: Roanoke Outlasts Fayetteville in a Shootout - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
- GAME RECAP: McCormick Extends SPHL-Best Goal Streak in Loss to Pensacola - Macon Mayhem
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