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Rail Yard Dawgs Game Notes: Rail Yard Dawgs (24-23-4) vs Marksmen (24-19-8) - 7:05 PM

March 23, 2019 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs News Release

ROANOKE RAIL YARD DAWGS

(24-23-4), 8th SPHL, 52 Pts

FAYETTEVILLE MARKSMEN

(24-19-8), 5th SPHL, 56 Pts

Saturday - 7:05 PM

Berglund Center - Roanoke, VA

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Referee: Zane Stout| Linesmen: Alex Germany-Wald, John Rey

LAST TIME OUT: The Rail Yard Dawgs fell in a 3-0 hole and scored twice in the third period to bring themselves within one but the comeback attempt fell just shorts as they lost to the Knoxville Ice Bears, 3-2, Friday night at Berglund Center.

WE'RE IN: The Rail Yard Dawgs' win on Saturday clinched the second postseason appearance in franchise history. Roanoke currently sits in eighth place with 52 points. In the SPHL's Challenge Round playoff format, the teams that finish 5-8 in the standings are all eligible to be selected by the top three seeds as their first round opponent, with the first seed getting first pick. With five games remaining, the most points the Dawgs can finish with is 62. If Knoxville, Fayetteville, Macon or Pensacola surpasses 62 points, Roanoke will be guaranteed to be a team available for selection in the Challenge Round.

FINALE WITH FAYETTEVILLE: Saturday's game is the final scheduled meeting between the Rail Yard Dawgs and the Marksmen this season. Roanoke and Fayetteville have met 12 times thus far and the Dawgs have gone 5-7-0 including a 2-4-0 mark at home. Jordan Carvalho leads the Rail Yard Dawgs with 13 points (4 G, 9 A) against Fayetteville. Marksmen captain Jake Hauswirth has been a thorn in the side of the Dawgs with 14 points (9 G, 5 A) in the season series.

MELE HITTING HIS STRIDE: Steve Mele had an assist on Friday and now has points in seven of his last eight games. Mele has scored five goals and picked up three assists during that stretch. He is now third on the team in both goals (15) and points (36).

KEY SPECIAL TEAMS MATCHUP: Fayetteville has the best power play in the league, it converts on 22.7% of its chances. The Rail Yard Dawgs PK currently sits in eighth at 79%. It has killed of 13 of its last 15 chances over the past five games.

QUICK HITS: Adrian Carbonara's goal in the third period on Friday was his first as a Rail Yard Dawg and his second as a pro...Roanoke is now 0-3-1 when it holds an opponent under 20 shots.

HOME SWEET HOME: The Rail Yard Dawgs returned to Berglund Center ice on Friday for the first time since February 16. Roanoke played it's previous 11 games on the road- a stretch during which it went 4-6-1.The Dawgs will play four-straight games at home before finishing the regular season with a pair of road games against the Birmingham Bulls. Roanoke is 13-11-1 at home this season.

UP NEXT: Roanoke will stay at home next weekend for its final two home games of the regular season. The Dawgs host the Pensacola Ice Flyers on Friday and Saturday night. Friday's puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM at Berglund Center.


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