Saturday, January 22 at Birmingham Bulls

WEEKEND AT A GLANCE

FRIDAY – JANUARY 21 at Knoxville

Ice Bears 5, Marksmen 3

SATURDAY, JANUARY 22 at Birmingham

Pelham Civc Center – 8:00 p.m.

THE STORYLINES

MARKSMEN SLIP LATE VS. ICE BEARS

Last night’s game marked the halfway point of the regular season for the Fayetteville Marksmen who finished the first half of the year 17-10-1.

The Marksmen fell behind Knoxville just 34 seconds into the game last night but held firm defensively and outshot the Ice Bears 11-6 in the first period.

Matt McNair and Drake Glover scored early in the second period to give the Marksmen a lead, but it was short-lived in the third as Stepan Timofeyev tied the game at 2 just 1:25 into the final 20 minutes.

After an illegal check to the head knocked out forward Taylor Best, Tanner Froese scored to send the Marksmen ahead, but the lead wouldn’t stick.

Knoxville scored three goals on seven shots in the final eight minutes of the game to win 5-3.

The Marksmen were 1-for-7 on the powerplay in the game and while they outshot Knoxville 29-22, the Marksmen surrendered four goals on 10 shots in the third period, including J.B. Baker’s empty-netter.

LOCKING HORNS WITH A NEW BULLS TEAM

On December 17, Birmingham signed assistant coach Kevin Kerr, bringing him on to supplement Craig Simchuk’s coaching. While the start was rocky, Kerr and Simchuk have assembled a new-look Bulls group who have won their last three and have taken four-of-six games in January.

The Marksmen are 3-1 vs. Birmingham this season, having scored a pair of close wins vs. the Bulls on Dec. 17 (2-0) and Dec. 18 (3-1). In the Dec.18 game, Stefano Durante logged a career high 32-save performance and a win.

Birmingham will be without the services of the speedy C.J. Hayes who is with the ECHL’s Newfoundland Growlers, but have found other sources of offense.

Since trading Kasey Kulczycki to Knoxville in exchange for Colton Fletcher, Fletcher has scored six points in seven games. Mike Tish, a forward picked up from Vermilion Co. has notched four points in seven games.

All of this comes on the back of Hayden Stewart’s premiere goaltending. Stewart has stopped 63 of 64 shots face in his last two games and logged a 2-0 shutout win over Huntsville on Monday afternoon.

STARTING FIVE FAST FACTS

  • Fayetteville has outshot their opponent in each of their last two games, outshooting Roanoke 35-25 last Saturday and outshooting Knoxville 29-22 last night.
  • At the halfway point of the season, rookie Matt McNair and captain Taylor McCloy are tied for the team lead in points. The pair once played together at Adrian College.
  • This is the final trip to Birmingham for the Marksmen this regular season. The Bulls will play two in Fayetteville on March 18 and 19.
  • Forward Tanner Froese has scored four powerplay goals since returning from injured reserve on Dec. 16, including a go-ahead goal in the third period of last night’s game.
  • The Marksmen have only defeated Macon three straight times this season, having not defeated any other singular opponent in three straight meetings.

THIS WEEK’S TRANSACTIONS

  • D Skyler Smutek traded to Evansville for future considerations (01/19)
  • F Zach Remers returned from loan to ECHL-Iowa (01/19)
  • F Tyson Kirkby traded to Evansville for future considerations (01/20)
  • D Mark Wilson signed (01/20)
  • G Steve Barnard signed as emergency backup goaltender (01/21)
  • G Steve Barnard released as emergency backup goaltender (01/22)

MARKSMEN PROJECTED LINEUP

Renaud – Bednard – Froese

Glover – McCloy – Remers

Girard – McNair – Ferrell

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Harper – Olivieri

Kup – Renda

Wilson – Stormoen

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Williams

E.B.U.G.

MARKSMEN SCRATCHES

G Stefano Durante

F Taylor Best

INJURED RESERVE

None

SUSPENSIONS

None

PRONUNCIATION GUIDE

4 Don ALL-liv-vair-ree

5 Sam STORM-min

7 Jarrett CUP

10 Alex ray-NOE

11 Zack REM-mers

15 Tanner FRAZE

16 Bryce FAIR-ell (or feral, like a wild animal)

35 STEF-uh-noe DURR-ron-tay

MARKSMEN BY THE NUMBERS

Power Play - 22 /110 - 20% - 5th in SPHL
Penalty Kill - 80/97- 82.5% - 7th in SPHL
Goals For - 88 - 5th in SPHL
Goals Against - 71 - 5th in SPHL
Record vs. Birmingham: 3-1-0

EVEN MORE MARKSMEN INFORMATION

To see the most up-to-date Marksmen roster, click here.

To see the most up-to-date Marksmen statistics, click here.

THE SPHL

To see the most up-to-date standings, click here.

To see the SPHL’s stats leaders, click here.

To see the SPHL schedule, click here.

PLAYER TIDBITS

7- Jarret KUP

-Kup is a Rosseau, Ont.-native who played his collegiate hockey at Curry College.

-After having played over 100 games with the Macon Mayhem, Kup was acquired in the 2019-20 season and has remained a Marksmen ever since.

9 – Taylor McCLOY

-McCloy was named the team captain in the middle of November. McCloy is the third captain in Marksmen history.

-McCloy was once college teammates at Adrian with rookie forward Matt McNair. McCloy had asked to play alongside McNair at Adrian College because he liked his instinct and decision-making.

11- Zach REMERS

-Remers spent one day in Fayetteville before he was signed by the ECHL’s Iowa Heartlanders.

-On his callup, Remers scored once and assisted twice in 19 games with Iowa.

30 – Matt WILLIAMS

-Rookie goaltender from Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is the only Marksmen to hail from the province.

-Williams played at Wilfrid Laurier University and made his professional debut on January 14 vs. Roanoke.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT

  • Birmingham has won their last three games and has won four-of-six in January
  • Rookie Carson Rose leads the team in goals with C.J. Hayes on a call-up to Newfoundland-ECHL.
  • With his shutout win on Monday, Hayden Stewart now leads the SPHL in shutouts with three.
  • Birmingham has not lost to the Marksmen by more than two since November 12 this season. In their last two games vs. Fayetteville they fell 2-0 and 3-1.
  • The Bulls penalty kill in next-to-last in the league by percentage. They have allowed a league-high 35 powerplay goals against.

NEXT MARKSMEN HOME GAME

  • Friday, January 28 – 7 p.m. – vs. Macon
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