Rail Yard Dawgs Game Notes: Rail Yard Dawgs (18-5-3) vs Bulls (24-10-2) - 7:05 PM
ROANOKE RAIL YARD DAWGS
(18-15-3), 7th SPHL, 39 Pts
(24-10-2), 2nd SPHL, 50 Pts
Saturday - 7:05 PM
Berglund Center - Roanoke, VA
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Referee: Nolan Bloyer| Linesmen: Cameron McCambridge, Derek Howard
LAST TIME OUT: Steve Mele scored twice, Brad Barone made 41 saves and Colin Murray and Travis Armstrong each had two assists as the Rail Yard Dawgs beat the Birmingham Bulls, 3-1, Friday night at Berglund Center.
PICKING UP POINTS: Roanoke's win on Friday night extended their season-long point streak to seven games. The Dawgs have gone 4-0-3 in this stretch which includes a win, an overtime loss and a shootout loss against Birmingham. The last time the Rail Yard Dawgs failed to pick up a point was January 18, when they fell at home to Fayetteville, 3-2. Roanoke's longest winning streak and second-longest point streak came when it won five straight from December 8-22.
HE FEELS LIKE BUSTIN' LOOSE: Steve Mele snapped a 12-game goal-scoring drought when he buried a wrist shot in the second period on Friday night. Mele added a power play goal later in the period and finished with his first two-goal game of the season. He now has seven goals in 35 games this year. Mele led the Dawgs with 22 goals in the 2017-18 season.
PENALTY ASSASSINS: The Rail Yard Dawgs went 9-for-9 on the penalty kill on Friday night, the most penalties they have killed in a single game this season. That feat is made more impressive by the fact that Birmingham entered the game with the league's best power play at 23.7%. Roanoke has now killed off its last 21 penalties and its penalty kill sits at 91.2% since the calendar flipped to 2019.
BRICK WALL BARONE: Brad Barone made 41 saves on 42 shots in the 3-1 win over Birmingham on Friday, 20 of which came in the third period. It was a season-high in saves for Barone who lowered his GAA to 2.56 and raised his SV% to .914 in the effort.
JANSEN DELIVERING: Mac Jansen scored in the third period on Friday and now has 11 goals in 24 games since joining the Dawgs. He opened the season in Knoxville and was released after six games and one assist. Jansen has four goals and an assist in four games against the Bulls.
ENJOY HOME WHILE YOU CAN...: The Rail Yard Dawgs are three games into a stretch of six straight games that will take place at home. Roanoke hosts games at Berglund Center on Friday and Saturday for three consecutive weekends. Following that, the Dawgs will pack their bags for what will be 11 consecutive road games. Roanoke is 11-9-1 at home and 7-6-2 on the road this season.
UP NEXT: Roanoke will stay at home next weekend for a pair of games against the defending champion Huntsville Havoc. Friday and Saturday night's puck drops are each scheduled for 7:05 PM at Berglund Center.
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