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An event that went from tragedy to triumph, by the grace of God & the selfless acts of the North American hockey community.  It should never be forgotten ...

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Yeah, I wish Pointstreak would do some qualifying for stats. Nick Kohn, bless his heart, that guys save percentage is literally 50%. Pyle wouldn't let him in the games when he had a guy with a 5.46 GAA in net, so certainly speaks volumes about what he thought he could do.


On the flipside, you've got guys like Dillian Fox playing less games and getting more goals. He's got a 0.6 goals per game average, so even though he's got 3-4 less games he's top two. Don't know if anybody's number is higher than Justin Macdonald with 0.75, but he's been gone for a while now so his 12 goals in 16 games has slipped out of the top.


Jake Trask is something else with those goals and assists. Any reason why he's not getting more attention from the ECHL? Looks like his last call was 2014-15.
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Love the team dog watching practice.

You've just earned a Promotion, Sharkies. 
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Yes, it happens a lot unfortunately. With Bennett - no doubt, there was more to it off the ice. With Green - I agree he never really got a chance to show his talent with Bonar having such a stellar season. He's having a good season in Mississippi. Really nice guy too. Cody Walsh on the other hand has pretty much been about the same, not a strong defensemen there either. Saturday night should be interesting.

But sometimes it happens in our favor. For example, Jamie Hill has done much better here than he did in Mississippi. Looks like Fiorentino might be a good addition too. Same goes for Kravtchouk. Time will tell. Maybe having all the dogs in the house for the Pooch Party on Saturday will keep our foxes skating fast. LOL

Not only are you guys very fortunate to have Bremner as coach but you're lucky to get decent media coverage.  The Roanoke Times does an awesome job covering the Rail Yard Dawgs.

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The main problem with that is one of them must play a regular shift.  You have 9 forwards for the 3 lines and 6 defensemen for those 3 pairs.  That leaves one spot for the "10th forward".  That is Howe.  If you have both of these guys, one of them has to play a regular shift as the 9th forward or you have to play with 5 defensemen if not.  That creates issues, plus neither of them carries the puck, serves as a playmaker, or scores goals well enough to be a full time option.  It also leaves them shorthanded for penalty killers.

MLK Day event - Monday, January 15th from 2-5 P.M. @ Berglund Center.  Good opportunity to meet some of the players y'all chat about on these Forums. 

I don't think the Marksmen will change the coach again .Who in their right mind would want to come and join this fiasco .The owners need to look hard at the roster , replace who is not productive and see if this can be turned around. The game is played to win, it's not a popularity contest .

Happy New Year  !






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Not as bad as reported by fans, board members.  It's about average in most cases.  There are a couple of officials in the league that have no business doing games.

Good for the Bolts to get that win, and big congrats to Dylan. He's been a great guy for Evansville hockey over five years. While not on the "Pro Thunderbolts" last season, he was coach of the Evansville Junior Thunderbolts (http://www.evvbolts.com/) from the NA3HL.

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Could be the Marksmen new rivalry. They're within a 5 hr trip and part of the Carolinas. 
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What most of our players should have said was.  'If you think this is cold, where I came from the wind chill is colder than my +/-.'
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I think there is a little more to it than just taking a coaching job. Hopefully ownership will hire someone with experience this time.

This season is a Hugh learning curve for the new owners.


What I miss about the newspaper articles whether it was Nick Gates or Kathy Gierer or even what Eminian is still doing in Peoria is stories beyond who scored when. I know what happened at the games. I either watched in person or on SPHL live. I don't want a recap which is what you get with brief TV coverage or press releases from the team.  I realize I'm a bit of a dinosaur in that I still subscribe to 2 print newspapers . There are some interesting things done at the Sin Bin. Where else can we find in depth stuff on the SPHL?

Unless the issue is with a team's best players being stuck in a revolving door of getting called up and sent back and called up again - which this list doesn't reflect.

I could see a new coach making the mistake of training his team around a core of specific players. (from the Devil's Advocate perspective)

The start of the most recent downturn can be traced back to the four most recent call-ups (Olivieri, Cote, Tedesco, and Sutliffe). During that time there have been injuries to key players (Grinbergs, Coyne), which added to the backward trend. While that's not an excuse, it's an inevitability in a feeder league like the SPHL. That said, there have been AMPLE strides in the right direction which can't be seen simply looking at the standings. The "next man up" mentality has been running rampant in players like Dillan Fox who's sophomore season is proving to be very successful. Goaltender Tyler Green is still among the league leaders in wins, and Coach Landmesser's acquisitions have been top-notch. Shane Bennett is one of the teams top point scorers since coming over from Fayetteville, Vojtech Zemlicka was supposed to just be a defensive patch while Grinbergs and Coyne healed up and he has five points in seven games and has become a vital piece to the power-play unit. Speaking of special teams, the RiverKings are first in the SPHL in PK - a spot they once occupied during their six-game win streak in November. Two months are in the books and the season has been full of ups and downs, but if players like Fox, Green, Mantha, Bennett, Marcuz and the defense continue their upward trend this team will be a force later in the season. With or without the return of the foursome of ECHL players.
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This is a pretty big signing. Fox could easily be the best player in the league. 

Coach Bremner also came out to the concourse post-game to shake hands and thank the fans.

it’s still early, but I like what I see.

Go Dawgs!
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The biggest problem is that ECHL rosters seem to be a disaster this year.  They have decimated the SPHL overall.  I have no idea how the league can replace the number of players needed.  I think a coach needing one or two my be ok, but you'd never churn a full roster like you need.

We are pathetic. This team belongs in the FHL and not in the SPHL. Spoke to a handful of STH's and they are not renewing their tickets for next season. I'm thinking the same after tonight's game. I don't know where to begin with all the issues we have. The new owners have no clue on how to run a team in this league. We have a coach from the FHL, players and recruiting from junior hockey leagues. We will end up in last place this season. We may be the next team to fold. I can't this ownership lasting after signing a 5 year contract with the crown. 
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Considering they're setting attendance records for the league (the only other team to come anywhere near close is the Danbury Whalers from a few years ago) I'd say they may have a legit shot at staying around longer than the league itself.

Ok... from what i remember. There was an older man and a younger guy who fed off of each other. It was probably a group of 6 to 8 people. I was actually hoping that they would see this post and respond that it was them.

Any USA Network web media outlet is going to favor regional & national content over local news/sports just for efficiency and for centralizing their news staff.  This is an increasingly common trend among small to medium sized news markets, as local newspapers face increased competition from 3rd-party social media sources and pressure to downsize "non-essential functions."  Even where SPHL hockey is the only pro sport in town or in the vicinity, amateur sports news will regularly dominate the paper & web content based on sheer volume and tradition.

More directly to your question: The Macon Telegraph's Mayhem content is spotty at best.  Ditto the Birmingham News/Huntsville Times coverage of the Bulls & Havoc on their shared AL.com website, whose sports content is dominated by football this time of year (go figger).  The Fayetteville Observer website seems to keep up with Marksmen game reports & the occasional player transaction news.  The DeSoto Times-Tribune web outlet does a decent job of updating readers on RiverKings activities, between all the high school basketball news that pretty much overwhelms their winter sports content.  The SPHL town newspaper outlets that have consistent on-line team coverage (during the SPHL season, anyway) are the Pensacola News Journal, the Peoria Journal Star and the Roanoke Times.  The latter has an RYD link in their Sports pull-down menu, indicating current relative importance within the local sports scene.
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