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Rail Yard Dawgs (5-11-3) at Rivermen

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

LAST TIME OUT: Matt Beer picked up a goal and an assist, Joe Sova dished out two assists and Brad Barone made 34 saves but the Rail Yard Dawgs were edged in overtime by the Evansville Thunderbolts, 4-3, Friday night at the Ford Center.

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.

BACK AT THE OLD STOMPING GROUNDS: New Roanoke head coach Dan Bremner spent the final three seasons of his six-year playing career in Peoria. He served as the Rivermen's captain for each of the last two seasons as Peoria reached back-to-back President's Cup Finals. In 130 career games with the Rivermen, Bremner recorded 23 goals, 44 assists and 405 penalty minutes. He will face his former head coach Jean-Guy Trudel for the first time since retiring.

IN A SLUMP: The Rail Yard Dawgs snapped a four-game regulation losing streak on Friday by reaching overtime but saw their winless streak extended to a season-high five games in the 4-3 OT loss to the Thunderbolts.

REINFORCEMENTS: Roanoke made a handful of roster moves prior to Friday's clash in Evansville. Following the promotion of Colin Murray, Mitch Vandergunst and Mitchell Mueller to the ECHL, the Dawgs signed forward Matt Beer and defenseman Taylor Love to contracts. Beer picked up a goal and an assist in his Dawgs debut on Friday.

POWER FLICKERING: The Rail Yard Dawgs went 0-for-2 on the power play on Friday and are now without a power play goal in their last three games. Roanoke is 0-for-14 on the man advantage during that stretch.

WORKING OVERTIME: Friday's overtime loss to Evansville was the eighth time this season the Rail Yard Dawgs have required extra time to decide the result. Roanoke is now 5-3 in such situations including a 4-3 mark in OT affairs that don't require a shootout.

GOTTA START FAST: Evansville scored first during the Dawgs 4-3 overtime loss on Friday, pushing Roanoke's record to 1-10-3 when its opponent scores first. Conversely, the Dawgs are 4-1-0 when they strike first in the game.

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