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Theoriginalalex last won the day on July 7

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About Theoriginalalex

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    Staunton, VA
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    Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs

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  1. AND he can actually play. 11 goals last year would slot him as the 8th best forward on last season’s roster. I’m all for carrying toughness, but we don’t need to waste one of our 16 skaters on a Drobot type who can’t play (Sorry, Marksmen fans).
  2. Looking forward to my 1st Dawgs road trip this season. I had already planned to be in Fayetville Jan 12 and attend the game, was stoked to see Roanoke on the schedule!
  3. Was just about to post this. Thought I was crazy when counting their games for the matrix I built. Counted at least 10 times and only came up with 27 away games. It’s missing from both the calendar and their press release. At least the Bolts remember it!
  4. I’ve posted these around the net in past years for other leagues, now here’s a complete SPHL matrix. Observations: RNK sees only 7 teams at home, MAC/PEN/QC host 8, the others all 9. QC visits only 7 arenas, EVN/FAY/PEO travel to 8, the others all 9. Most games is (of course) QC-PEO with 16, followed by RNK-FAY with 13.
  5. I agree the Macon / Peoria swap would’ve been easy to do, but seems like they have other priorities now. I notice that all of the Dawgs’ road back-to-backs are in the same city, so maybe they decided lessening overnight travel was a bigger concern. BTW, not just Roanoke that gets a schedule like this. QC only plays Macon 1 time (home) and won’t host Fayetteville, playing 3 there. Things like this are annual in the ECHL schedule, but it’s disappointing to see the SPHL follow suit. I always liked this league’s scheduling better for that reason. That being said, the primary factor of the schedule has not changed: getting every team as many of the exact 28 dates it prefers as possible. Got to put butts in the seats to keep paying the bills.
  6. Granted, I haven’t followed the SPHL since the beginning, but is this this first season in which every team won’t appear at least once in every building?
  7. You’re not. Dawgs traveling to all 9 buildings around the league, but only 7 rivals making the return trip.
  8. Adding on to this excellent post, another way that logic falls apart is the fact that the ECHL 1. Covers housing 2. Doesn’t pay that much more than the SPHL 3. Is an affiliated league. So, they’re both pro and semi-pro at the same time?
  9. I don’t have concrete data to back this up, but the way the idea has always been described to me is that you’ll get casual fans who come out Friday vs. Peoria and say “that was fun, I see they are playing Huntsville in 2 weeks, let’s go again”, but you won’t have casual fans say “let’s come back tomorrow night and see Peoria again.” I lived in Rochester for ~25 years, and I always heard from those in the more remote AHL cities how tough it was to sell a Fri-Sat 2-game set against a single opponent compared to Rochester’s schedule of 17-21 Fridays during the season, each with a different team coming through town.
  10. Fair point, I’ve done that before as a visiting fan. I’m figuring that as a very small % of the attendance, however.
  11. It’s gotta be Sicard, right? Based on a survey where EA teased potential features for 19, an asset sharing cloud for custom teams could be coming. The survey for 18 turned out to be 100% accurate to the final product, so chances look good. If that is the case, look for me to share my SPHL mod that I’ve gotten some requests for. I’ve posted about it here, and, if you read Bus League Hockey, that was me.
  12. Nice to see a decrease on the non-holiday Thursdays, down from 3 to 1. The (presumably) afternoon game on MLK day will be an experiment, but it shouldn’t do any worse than a Thursday night. Also counted their Fri-Sat back to backs, 7 this year (there were 6 last year). 5 of those 7 make up the final 10 home games of the season. 2 back to backs in November, and that’s all until February. Those split your gate as nobody except STH’s come to both.
  13. Great, thanks. I watched part 1 of that back when it came out but had forgotten to check again for the rest of it.
  14. I never knew until you posted this that he coached in Roanoke. Granted, I wasn’t born when he was around. Anyway, did a quick hockeyDB search and he won a championship here. That’s a neat connection: I was first introduced to Torts in 95-96 when he coached my hometown Rochester Americans to their most recent Calder Cup.
  15. I’m not opposed to a 2-game total goal series, but doesn’t that further dwindle the advantage of a top seed? No extra home game if it goes the distance. All you get is a choice of opponent and maybe a choice of playing home 1st or 2nd in the rare instance arena availability doesn’t make that choice for you. In a league where 80% are already making the playoffs, the regular season needs all the help it can get to remain important.
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