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Rail Yard Dawgs Game Notes: Rail Yard Dawgs (14-20-7) vs Rivermen (29-7-4) - 7:05 PM

February 22, 2020 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs News Release

ROANOKE RAIL YARD DAWGS

(14-20-7), 8th SPHL, 35 Pts

PEORIA RIVERMEN

(29-7-4), T-1st SPHL, 62 Pts

Saturday - 7:05 PM

Berglund Center - Roanoke, VA

Haley Toyota Broadcast: SPHL Live | Mixlr

Referee: Zane Stout| Linesmen: Jason Messimore, Joe Johnson

LAST TIME OUT: The Rail Yard Dawgs exploded for four goals in the second period and cruised to a 5-1 win over the Peoria Rivermen, Friday night at Berglund Center. Brant Sherwood and Jeff Jones both had two goals in the win and Travis Armstrong registered a Gordie Howe Hat Trick with a goal, an assist and a fighting major.

BOOM: Roanoke's four-goal second period matched a season-high for goals in a single frame. The Dawgs had done that once prior; they had a four-goal outburst in the second period of a 5-4 win over the Birmingham Bulls on January 10. Four goals was the second-largest margin of victory for the Rail Yard Dawgs this season, trailing only a 6-1 win over Knoxville on December 7. On Friday, the Rail Yard Dawgs scored on half of their shots in the second period; they netted their four goals on only eight shots.

RACK 'EM UP: Brant Sherwood and Jeff Jones each scored twice on Friday night, matching the single-game high for a Rail Yard Dawgs skater. Roanoke has not had a hat trick this season but now has had a player score two 11 times. It was the third two-goal game for Jones and the first for Sherwood, who now has goals in three consecutive games.

SEE 'EM WHILE YOU CAN: Saturday is the last home game before the Dawgs hit the road for seven straight. There will be nearly a full month gap between Dawgs home games, lasting from February 22-March 19. Roanoke, however, will finish the regular season with three-straight home weekends and its final seven games at home.

HOT AND COLD: Friday's win extended Roanoke's point streak to four games, matching its longest of the season. It comes on the heels of a four-game regulation losing streak that lasted from February 1-February 14.

POWERED UP: The Rail Yard Dawgs went 2-for-6 on the power play on Friday and now have power play goals in five of their last six. They have gone 6-for-28 on the power play during that stretch. Roanoke is also 9-for-9 on the PK in its last two games

ODDS AND ENDS: The Rail Yard Dawgs chased Peoria goaltender Eric Levine in the second period of Friday's 5-1 win after tagging him for four goals on 14 shots. It was only the third time in 28 appearances this season that Levine had allowed more than three goals...in the six all-time regular season meetings between the Rail Yard Dawgs and Rivermen at Berglund Center, Roanoke is now 2-2-2...the Dawgs took sole possession of eighth place on Friday night. They trail seventh-place Quad City by one point and lead ninth-place Birmingham by one. Both the Storm and Bulls have two games in hand on the Dawgs.

UP NEXT: Roanoke hits the road for the first on seven consecutive away games on Friday night in Fayetteville. Puck drop at the Crown Coliseum is scheduled for 7:00 PM.


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