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Rail Yard Dawgs (5-11-2) at ThunderBolts (11-5-2)

January 8, 2018 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs News Release

LAST TIME OUT: The Mississippi RiverKings struck for three goals in both the first and third periods and went on to defeat the Rail Yard Dawgs, 6-2, Saturday night at the Berglund Center. John Gustafsson and Nick Schneider both scored for Roanoke in the loss.

NEW SHERRIFF IN TOWN: The Rail Yard Dawgs announced on Monday that Sam Ftorek had been relieved of his coaching duties and Dan Bremner had been hired in his place. Bremner retired at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season following a six-year playing career, all of which took place in the SPHL. He had been serving as an assistant coach at Ohio University prior to accepting the Rail Yard Dawgs job. This is Bremner's first head coaching position.

LET'S HOPE FOR BETTER: Roanoke is the second team in the SPHL to make a coaching change this season- the Fayetteville Marksmen replaced first year head man Nick Mazzolini with Phil Esposito in November. The change has not worked for the Marksmen who are 1-4-2 under Esposito.

IN A SLUMP: The Rail Yard Dawgs 6-2 loss to Mississippi on Saturday was their fourth straight regulation loss, the longest such streak of the season. Roanoke has also matched its season-long winless stretch. It had previously gone four games without a win from November 3-11.

MOVIN' ON UP: Roanoke had three players receive ECHL call-ups this week. Mitchell Mueller and Mitch Vandergunst each were sent to the Norfolk Admirals and Colin Murray joined the Wheeling Nailers. It is the first appearance in the ECHL for both Mueller and Vandergunst, Murray has played 119 career games in the ECHL.

FINISHING IT OUT: Friday's game is the final scheduled meeting between the Rail Yard Dawgs and Thunderbolts this season and the only trip Roanoke will make to Evansville in 2017-18. The Thunderbolts are 2-0-0 against the Dawgs to this point after sweeping the weekend set in Roanoke November 3-4.

PACK YOUR BAGS: Friday's game in the first of three straight on the road for the Rail Yard Dawgs. Roanoke will not play at home again until December 30 when it hosts the Fayetteville Marksmen.

GOTTA START FAST: Mississippi scored first during the Rail Yard Dawgs 6-2 loss to the RiverKings on Saturday, pushing Roanoke's record to 1-10-2 when its opponent scores first. Conversely, the Dawgs are 4-1-0 when they strike first in the game.

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