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Rail Yard Dawgs Game Notes: Rail Yard Dawgs (5-8-0) vs Bulls (13-1-0) - 7:05 PM

December 6, 2018 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs News Release


(5-8-0), T-8th SPHL, 10 Pts


(13-1-0), T-1st SPHL, 26 Pts

Thursday - 7:05 PM

Berglund Center - Roanoke, VA

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Referee: Zane Stout | Linesmen: Joseph Johnson, Anthony Legotti

LAST TIME OUT: Cody Dion scored in the final minutes of the third period to out the Rail Yard Dawgs on the board but they were defeated by the Macon Mayhem, 4-1, Saturday night at Berglund Center.

ROUGH PATCH: The Rail Yard Dawgs loss on Saturday night was their third in a row and their fifth straight home loss. Roanoke is now just 3-6-0 on home ice and its five-game home losing streak is the longest of its kind in the SPHL this season.

NOT GETTING ANY EASIER: Roanoke welcomes the Birmingham Bulls to town for the first time this season on Thursday. Birmingham currently sits tied for first place in the SPHL with 26 points- it is 13-1-0 on the season. The Bulls set a league record for the most consecutive victories to start a season when then opened up the 2018-19 campaign 11-0-0. Following Thursday's clash with Birmingham, the Rail Yard Dawgs will head to Macon to face the Mayhem twice this weekend. Macon is currently tied with Birmingham for first place.

SHARPSHOOTERS: Birmingham's offense has been impressive to the tune of 3.7 goals scored per game, the second-best goal scoring average in the league, and it has done so by making its shots count. The Bulls are scoring on an insane .126 percent of their shots, the highest in the league by a wide margin. For a frame of reference, Fayetteville has the second best team shooting percentage at .112 and the SPHL team average is .105

POWER OUTAGE: The Rail Yard Dawgs went 2-for-3 on the power play during their 4-2 win over Huntsville on November 23, raising their power play percentage to 25%, at the time the best mark in the SPHL. Since then, the Dawgs have gone a combined 0-for-13 in their past three games, all losses, and their power play mark has moved the 18.9%, seventh in the league.

ENTER CREEL: Tanner Creel was returned from the ECHL's Reading Royals on Monday and Ben Myers was released as a counter. Creel did not play during his week with Reading. He is 3-5-0 with a 3.13 GAA and .907 SV% with the Dawgs.

EXIT ADAMS: Dawgs defenseman Alex Adams was called up to the ECHL's Maine Mariners on Thursday. Adams had played one game in Maine at the beginning of the season before joining the SPHL ranks with the Knoxville Ice Bears and eventually the Rail Yard Dawgs. He has three assists and is +1 in five games for Roanoke.

BIRMINGHAM BRICK WALL: Bulls goalie Mavric Parks has been spectacular to the tune of a 10-0-0 record, 1.50 GAA and .954 SV% this season. His GAA and save percentage are tops in the SPHL.

UP NEXT: The Rail Yard Dawgs will hit the road for the remainder of the weekend; heading south to central Georgia to take on the Macon Mayhem. Friday's puck drop at the Macon Coliseum is scheduled for 7:30 PM.

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