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Rail Yard Dawgs Game Notes: Rail Yard Dawgs (1-3-0) vs ThunderBolts (2-5-0) - 7:05 PM

November 9, 2018 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs News Release



(1-3-0), T-8th SPHL, 2 Pts



(2-5-0), T-6th SPHL, 4 Pts

Friday - 7:05 PM

Berglund Center - Roanoke, VA

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LAST TIME OUT: The Rail Yard Dawgs got two goals from Maxime Guyon and Tanner Creel made 48 saves in his first professional start but Roanoke fell on the road to the Knoxville Ice Bears, 4-2, Friday night at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum.

REVOLVING DOOR: Roanoke made plenty of changes to its roster in the past week as forward Cal Miska and defensemen Troy Henley and Nikita Kolesnikovs were all waived. The Dawgs picked up forward Lane King in a trade with Peoria, signed defensemen Cam Bakker and Vojtech Zemlicka and signed forward Matt Quilty, who was immediately placed on IR.

WELCOME BAKK, CAM: Cam Bakker is set to make his 2018-19 debut on Friday night. The second-year defenseman out of Liberty University began the season on the roster of the ECHL's South Carolina Stingrays but did not appear in a game before being released on Monday. Bakker returns to Roanoke where he played 26 games and had one goal, 12 assists and a +4 plus/minus rating during the 2017-18 season.

ROUGH SCHEDULING: The Thunderbolts are set to play three games in three nights over the weekend with Friday's tilt serving as the second of the three. Evansville hosted Fayetteville at home on Thursday and beat the Marksmen, 5-3, in a game that started at 6:15 PM CST. The Bolts then had to make the 545 mile trek from Ford Center to Berglund Center in advance of the weekend contests against the Rail Yard Dawgs.

WELL THAT'S WEIRD: The Rail Yard Dawgs scored first on Friday night in Knoxville but ultimately fell, 4-2, and dropped to 0-3-0 when scoring the game's first goal this season. Striking fast was incredibly important in the 2017-18 season as Roanoke went 20-6-0 when it got on the board first.

THE GUY IN CHARGE: Evansville coach Jeff Pyle was hired as the head coach of the ECHL's Atlanta Gladiators in July and was replaced by former NHL defenseman Ian Moran in August. Moran played parts of 11 seasons in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks.

STAY HOT, MAX: Maxime Guyon has jumped out to a hot start on the season as his two goals on Friday pushed his point total to seven (3 G, 4 A) in just four games. Guyon is tied for seventh in the SPHL in scoring but his 1.75 points-per-game is second to only Peoria's Justin Greenberg who is averaging two points per game and leads the league with ten points (5 G, 5 A). Greenberg was called up to the ECHL's Atlanta Gladiators on Wednesday.

UP NEXT: The Rail Yard Dawgs will again take on the Thunderbolts on Saturday night. It's WYYD Country Cares for St. Jude Night featuring a live performance from country star Adam Rutledge. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Berglund Center

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