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  1. HUNTERSVILLE, NC - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced its Board of Governors has unanimously approved the Birmingham Bulls as a new member for the 2017-2018 season. The team will be headed by Art Clarkson, who owned the original Birmingham Bulls (ECHL) for six seasons in the 1990's and has significant experience operating minor-league sports franchises. The Bulls will be playing at the Pelham Civic Complex Ice Arena, which is currently undergoing significant upgrades and seating expansion to accommodate the new team. "We are excited to welcome the Birmingham market as a new member for next season," stated SPHL President Jim Combs. "Art Clarkson is well-known for his contributions to hockey in this area and we look forward to bringing hockey back to long-time fans of the Birmingham Bulls." "I am very proud of what we have accomplished in this last year to bring the Birmingham Bulls back to the people of the greater Birmingham area," added Clarkson. ... - SPHL View the full article
  2. HUNTSVILLE, AL- The Havoc may have seen their season come to an unexpected end in the second round, but the team still proved to be one of the best in the league, not to mention franchise history. Huntsville wrapped up an impressive regular season with a 34-16-2-4 record, marking the most wins during a single-season in franchise history. The team posted standings points in 40 contests, which marked another franchise record, including four of their final five games on the schedule. The Havoc saw 17 wins on the road including six-straight from December 2nd to January 7th; another franchise mark. During the stretch, Huntsville outscored their opponent 2:1. The Havoc finished the regular season fourth in the SPHL, but just one point back of second place. In a tight race for the top spot for much of the season, Huntsville had their run of the mill while holding down the first-place seed for 21-games from December 30th to March 4th. During that time, the Havoc reached another milestone, recording at least a standings point in 12-straight contests. Head coach Glenn Detulleo and assistant coach Jesse Kallechy put together an all-star caliber team that provided plenty of goals and used their speed to get through the defense. In total, Huntsville registered 200 goals on the season, marking the fourth time in team history and first in the SPHL since the 2013-14 season. Huntsville saw its first 20-goal scorer February 19th when Lou Educate racked up the first goal of the night as the Havoc went on to beat the Pensacola Ice Flyers 4-1. ... - SPHL Huntsville Havoc View the full article
  3. :What to Know: Macon Mayhem vs. Peoria Rivermen in President's Cup Finals MACON, GA- After the Macon Mayhem swept the Pensacola Ice Flyers and the Peoria Rivermen outlasted the Huntsville Havoc, Macon and Peoria will meet up in the President's Cup Finals. The series will be played in best-of-three format, and the schedule will be as follows: Game 1: Friday, April 28 at Peoria, 7:30 pm CST Game 2: Sunday, April 30 at Macon, 6:00 pm EST Game 3: Monday, May 1 at Macon, 7:30 pm EST (if necessary) Glass seats for the home games at the Macon Coliseum will be $20 for non-season ticket holders and $16 for Mayhem season ticket holders. All other tickets in the arena will be general admission $14 for non-season ticket holders and $12 for Mayhem season ticket holders. Children ages 12 and under will be able to buy $7 kids' tickets for Sunday's game. Seats for all season ticket holders will be reserved until Friday, April 28 at 5:00 PM. If tickets are not purchased before that deadline, the seats will become available to the general public. The team has six ice suites available behind the net the Mayhem defend twice. Each table comes with four seats and are on the glass at ice level. Ice suites for playoff games will be $100 for each table. For Sunday, there will be a guaranteed $1,000 giveaway for the winners of Kroger Chuck-A-Puck. Single game tickets for the President's Cup Finals are on sale through the Macon Centreplex Box Office and, and group tickets are available through the Macon Mayhem Front Office. For ticket information, please visit the Mayhem's official website at or call the main office line at (478) 803-1592. ... - SPHL Macon Mayhem View the full article
  4. HUNTSVILLE, AL- The Havoc send the second-round series to a deciding game three with a thrilling 4-3 victory. In the first period, Huntsville saw the game's first goal for the second straight contest against Peoria when Christian Powers found a loose puck in front. Huntsville saw a fortuitous bounce off the boards that kicked off the skate of the Rivermen goaltender and bounced right out in front for Powers at 4:57. Then later in the period, the Havoc saw themselves on another powerplay and threatening in the offensive zone. Eddie Nolan's shot from the point bounced off a leg in front with Scott Fellnermayr feeding it to Michael Piluso. The Maple Ridge, B.C. native then walked in and fired home his first of the postseason at 19:42. But in the second, back and forth action ensued with the Rivermen scoring in the final minute of the frame. With Huntsville looking to close out the game in the third, Peoria thought differently. The Rivermen scored two just over four minutes apart from each other to take their first and only lead of the night. ... In the overtime, both teams saw chances up and down the ice; including a John Clewlow breakaway opportunity. With the Brampton, Ont. native nearly missing a goal, the Havoc continued to chip the puck in deep. Later in the first overtime, Steven Phee poked the puck in deep and chased after it. With the Balzac, Alta. native working the puck out of the end-wall, Phee popped out on his backhand to throw it through the five-hole for the 4-3 victory. ... Memorable Moments With the win, the Havoc remain unbeaten at 17-0 when leading after two lifetime in the postseason. Huntsville also improved their record to 9-5-3 in elimination games. Huntsville scored first in each of the first two contests against the Peoria and four of the five playoff contests this season. The Havoc improved to 4-1-1 when playing at home on a Friday evening. Huntsville, who finished the night with two power play goals, now have man-advantage goals in three of first five playoff games. ... - SPHL Huntsville Havoc View the full article
  5. MACON, GA- After going down two goals in the first ten minutes, the Macon Mayhem battled back to defeat the Pensacola Ice Flyers 3-2 to advance to the President's Cup Finals. The Ice Flyers got out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first period, as they scored goals at the 5:13 and 7:55 marks of the first period. Ken Neil started the scoring on a tipped shot on the power play, while Josh Cousineau followed that up with a goal on a wrist shot from the slot. Macon would answer in a big way, however, as they scored two goals in the final half of the first period. Dennis Sicard got the first Mayhem goal of the game on the power play ... . The Mayhem would score a beautiful goal to tie up the game with 1:25 left in the period. Ryan Michel sent a saucer pass to Matt Summers, who then sent a pass to the slot for Stephen Pierog to one-timer home. After the scoring frenzy in the opening frame, there was just one goal scored in the second. Ben Robillard picked the puck up after a blocked shot and wristed it past a falling Matt Zenzola. ... After no scoring in the third period, Robillard's goal turned out to be the game-winning-goal, and the Mayhem advance to the President's Cup Finals. Jordan Ruby started in net for the Mayhem, saving 39 of the 41 shots he faced. He picks up his fourth straight win of the playoffs to propel his team to victory. ... - SPHL Macon Mayhem View the full article
  6. MACON, Ga. - The Pensacola Ice Flyers could not hold on to an early two-goal lead and allowed three straight Macon Mayhem goals to lose 3-2 on Friday night inside the Macon Coliseum. ... The score remained 2-2 for the majority of the second period but Macon\'s Ben Robillard gave his team their first lead of the game when he made it 3-2 with 1:46 remaining in the second period. Matt Zenzola saved 28 of Macon\'s 31 shots on goal. ... - SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers View the full article
  7. PEORIA, IL- The Havoc see early lead slip away in game one of the second-round matchup against the Peoria Rivermen and fall 5-2. Huntsville kicked off the scoring for the second straight contest and third time in the playoffs when John Clewlow found the back of the net at 7:08 of the first period. But eight minutes later, the Rivermen responded with two less than two minutes apart from each other to take a 2-1 lead into the second period. In the middle frame, after Peoria extended their lead to two, Tyler French saw a backdoor pass for his first professional postseason goal at 14:15. The powerplay goal came with assists to Sy Nutkevitch and Christian Powers to help Huntsville cut the deficit in half. But, moments later the Rivermen scored their fourth of the evening to head to the third with a three- goal lead. ... - SPHL Huntsville Havoc View the full article
  8. PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Pensacola Ice Flyers could not hold onto an early third period surge and ultimately fell to the Macon Mayhem by a score of 3-2 ... - SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers View the full article
  9. PENSACOLA, FL- Trailing late in the third period, the Macon Mayhem scored two goals in the final six minutes against the Pensacola Ice Flyers to earn ... - SPHL Macon Mayhem View the full article
  10. PENSACOLA, FL- Trailing late in the third period, the Macon Mayhem scored two goals in the final six minutes against the Pensacola Ice Flyers to earn ... - SPHL Macon Mayhem View the full article
  11. Looking at the results from their first round respective series, most might have assumed the Macon Mayhem, winners of the 2016-17 regular season champ... - SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers View the full article
  12. HUNTERSVILLE, NC - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Wednesday announced that Kevin Kerr of the Macon Mayhem has been selected as the SPHL Coach of the Year in a vote of league coaches, general managers and media representatives. Fayetteville's Jeff Bes finished second in the voting. In his second season with the Mayhem, Kerr led Macon to a 37-13-6 record and the William B. Coffey Trophy as regular season champions. Macon's 80 points were the third-most in a single season and they posted a 27-point improvement from last year, tying the second largest single- season point increase in league history. Under Kerr, Macon also set a new league mark for the longest road winning streak at the start of a season (eight games). ... - SPHL View the full article
  13. HUNTSVILLE, AL- The Havoc march forward in their pursuit of the President's Cup with a second-round matchup against the Peoria Rivermen. ... Vs. Peoria Huntsville will now move on to the second round to take on the Peoria Rivermen; a team the Havoc haven't faced since December 1st, 2016. The Rivermen knocked off the Knoxville Ice Bears in two games to advance to the second round. With the top two teams in the league remaining in the playoffs, Huntsville will have just one home game at the Von Braun Center for the second round. The Havoc won the regular season series four games to one while outscoring the Rivermen 22-12. Huntsville, who has more second period goals than any other team in the postseason, registered over half of their goals against Peoria in the middle frame during the regular season. Huntsville, who scored first in six of their last eight games including two of the three playoff contests, registered the opening goal in three of the five games against Peoria. The Havoc registered six multiple-goal periods while chasing the Rivermen's starting netminder in three of the five contests. The Havoc, who have the second best powerplay unit out of the remaining four teams in the playoffs, saw five or more man-advantage opportunities in three of the five contests against the Rivermen while capitalizing on three. The second round marks the first time in franchise history Huntsville will battle Peoria in the postseason. ... The Rivermen have just five players on the playoff roster who dressed in the first game of the regular season against the Havoc. Meanwhile, Huntsville sees 12 from that opening night roster still in the lineup. The second round marks the 13th time the Havoc will begin a series on the road. During the regular season, Huntsville registered a six-game road winning streak from December 16th to January 7th, helping them reach 17 victories away from the Von Braun Center. Meanwhile, the Havoc have scored four or more goals in four of their last six contests at the VBC dating back to March 11th. ... - SPHL Huntsville Havoc View the full article
  14. HUNTERSVILLE, NC.- The Southern Professional Hockey League on Monday announced that Mike Moran of the Mississippi RiverKings has been selected as the Rookie of the Year in a vote of league coaches, general managers and media representatives. Moran is the first RiverKings player to win Rookie of the Year in the team's SPHL era. In addition to leading the RiverKings in scoring, Moran was second in the SPHL in goals (29), power play goals (eight - tied) and points (53) and third in game-winning goals (eight - tied) and shorthanded goals (two - tied) despite playing just 42 games for Mississippi. Among first-year players, Moran was second in power play assists (nine - tied), third in assists (24 - tied) and fifth in shots on goal (161). The Marshfield, Mass. native set the record for the most game winning goals with 8 and the most points scored by a rookie (53) in the RiverKings' SPHL era. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound forward was also named to SPHL's first team all-league last week. Moran earned SPHL player of the month for March/April by scoring 10 goals and 13 assists in 13 games. ... - SPHL Mississippi RiverKings View the full article