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  1. HUNTERSVILLE, NC - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced Jonathan Turk of the Columbus Cottonmouths is the Bauer Player of the Week for March 13-19. Turk scored two goals, including one game-winner, added three assists and was +4 as the Cottonmouths took five of six possible points last weekend and moved into the final playoff spot. On Friday, the Calgary, AB native recorded a goal just 2:16 into the first period to open the scoring, before netting the overtime game-winner in Columbus' 5-4 win over first-place Macon. In Saturday's rematch against the Mayhem, Turk assisted on two goals, including the eventual game-winner in the Cottonmouths' 7-2 win. Turk closed out the weekend by assisting on Columbus' game-tying goal late in the second period in their 4-3 shootout loss to Pensacola on Sunday. ... - SPHL View the full article
  2. President's Cup Champs: 2013, 2014, 2016 | Regular Season Champs: 2013-14 Tuesday, March 21, 6-8 p.m. Head to the Buffalo Wild Wings tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. to meet some of the Ice Flyers. All day long on Tuesdays, Buffalo Wild Wings offers half-priced traditional wings. Come hangout with the Ice Flyers and enjoy some wings! Friday, March 31, 7:05 p.m. On Friday, March 31, the Ice Flyers will retire the second number in franchise history when they honor former captain and two-time SPHL President\'s Cup champion Adam Pawlick and retire his number. Be sure to arrive early so you don\'t miss this special pre-game ceremony. Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1; 7:05 p.m. Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 1, will be Fan Appreciation Weekend. Both nights will be filled with giveaways and prizes as we show thanks to our awesome fans for their continued support of Ice Flyers Hockey! ... - SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers View the full article
  3. EVANSVILLE, IN - The Evansville Thunderbolts are excited to announce new ticket pricing and changes for the 2017-18 season, which will begin in October. Next season will mark the start of the Thunderbolts' second season in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Fans can take advantage of premium seating by calling and ordering their tickets today. "We couldn't be more excited to announce plans for our second season," said Blake Bruner, assistant general manager for the Thunderbolts. "2017-18 season tickets are on sale now! The goal with our new program, Thunderbolts Republic, is to make prices more affordable than ever." Besides reduced prices, season ticket holders - or members of the Thunderbolts Republic - will be able to take advantage of several new perks. These include having your name displayed on a banner in the Ford Center lobby during home games, early entrance into games, a commemorative contract and free swag to show off your support for the tri-state's only professional hockey team. "Next year, season ticket holders will be more than just that, they will be valued members of our organization and the added incentives we are offering will be the best in the league," said Bruner. "You can get a full season ticket just two rows from the glass for just $308 - 28 games!" ... - SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts View the full article
  4. PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Pensacola Ice Flyers (22-19-8) relied on rookie Ken Neil, playing in just his second professional game, to secure the shootout victory as the Ice Flyers downed the Columbus Cottonmouths (18-26-4) by a final scored on 4-3 inside the Pensacola Bay Center on Sunday evening. ... The Ice Flyers doubled their lead to two goals when Josh Harris put in a rebound of a Nathan Bruyere shot. ... Andy Bathgate scored on a breakaway backhander with 8:01 left in the period to cut the lead to 3-2 then tied the game at three when former Ice Flyer Zach Loesch fired a long shot that beat (Flyers goalie john) McLean with 4:44 left in the second period. After a scoreless third period and five-minute overtime, the game progressed to a shootout. Bathgate and Mike Dietrich scored for the Cottonmouths in the shootout. For the Ice Flyers, Evan Moore scored in the second round, Massimo Lamacchia scored in the fourth round, and Neil scored the game winner for the Ice Flyers in the fifth round. McLean stopped 30 of Columbus\' 33 shots on goal and three of the five shooters in the shootout. His record now stands at 9-6-0 on the season. The Ice Flyers will hit the road next weekend to take on the Mississippi RiverKings on Saturday, March 25, and Sunday, March 26, inside the Landers Center in Southaven, Miss. ... - SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers View the full article
  5. MACON, GA- The Macon Mayhem got off to a blazing start in the first period, scoring three goals in the first three minutes and four goals in the first 10:04 en route to a 5-1 win over the Knoxville Ice Bears. John Siemer led off the scoring with his first goal since February 25, assisted by Chris Joseph. Collin MacDonald followed up just 40 seconds later with a goal off a pass from Daniel Gentzler. Then again, 40 seconds later, Michael Holland scored his first career professional goal to make it 3-0. Holland toe-dragged around the defender and put a shot in the top right corner of the net. 10:04 into the first, Stephen Pierog scored on the power play to make it 4-0. ... There were no goals for the next 48 minutes of the game until Collin MacDonald scored his second of the game with just 2:22 left in the third. He drove to the back door, got a beautiful pass from (Jake) Trask, and redirected it into the net to make it 5-0. ... Knoxville's Danny Cesarz scored on a one-timer with 1:27 left to break the shuout of Mike DeLaVergne, and 5-1 would be the final score. NOTABLE STATS The Mayhem finish off the weekend 1-1-1, moving to 31-10-6 on the season (67 points). With the win, they retake first place from the Huntsville Havoc. The team will play Huntsville three times next weekend. ... - SPHL Macon Mayhem View the full article
  6. EVANSVILLE, IN - The Thunderbolts took on the Huntsville Havoc Saturday night in the second leg of a back-to-back home and home series, falling 5-4 in overtime. Evansville got a crucial win Friday night beating Huntsville 2-1 to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Havoc now sit atop the league standings with 67 points. This was the sixth time the two teams have faced each other this season, with Huntsville now leading the season series 4-2. The teams meet once more on March 31st in Huntsville. ... Tanner Milliron had 32 saves on the night and Huntsville's Tyler Steel turned away 42 as the Thunderbolts outshot the Havoc 46-37. Evansville's powerplay struggles continued as they went 0-2 on the man advantage, while Huntsville converted on twice in four powerplay tries. With the point earned in overtime, Evansville remains six points behind Columbus for the eighth and final playoff spot. Columbus has two games in-hand. Evansville has seven games remaining in the season. The Thunderbolts will host the Fayetteville FireAntz at the Ford Center next Friday and Saturday as the teams meet for the final time this season. Both games are scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. puck drop. ... - SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts View the full article
  7. PENSACOLA, Fla. - The Pensacola Ice Flyers (21-19-8) fell to the Mississippi RiverKings (28-19-2) by a score of 4-3 on Saturday night in front of 4,647 fans inside the Pensacola Bay Center. ... (Mike) Moran scored his second of the game 4:48 into the third period to give Mississippi a 4-3 lead and put the pressure back on to the Ice Flyers. Despite pulling Zenzola late in the third, the Ice Flyers were unable to score the tying goal. (Matt) Zenzola stopped 25 of Mississippi's 29 shots on goal as his record fell to 13-10-7 on the season. ... - SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers View the full article
  8. PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Mike Moran had a pair of goals and the Mississippi RiverKings (28-19-2) struck twice on the power play as they took a 4-3 victory from the Pensacola Ice Flyers (21-19-8) on Saturday night in Pensacola. ... In the third, the RiverKings jumped out to a 4-3 lead. Moran tallied his second of the night on a wrist shot from the left circle to beat the glove of (Matt) Zenzola giving the RiverKings a one-goal lead once again. The Ice Flyers pulled the goaltender for the extra attacker, but the RiverKings held on for a 4-3 victory. Peter Di Salvo (10-5-0) stopped 6 of 9 shots against and Brad Barone (16-12-2) stopped all 21 shots against in relief. Matt Zenzola (13-10-7) took the loss after stopping 25 of 29 shots against. ... - SPHL Mississippi RiverKings View the full article
  9. COLUMBUS, GA- The Macon Mayhem were blown out 7-2 by the Columbus Cottonmouths in their final meeting of the season. ... In the second period, Craig Simchuk extended the Columbus the 3-0 lead. Macon defenseman Daniel Echeverri put the Mayhem on the scoreboard with a power play goal, assisted by Mark Rivera and John Siemer. ... Simchuk scored his second of the game to take back the three-goal lead for the Snakes. Echeverri scored on the power play for a second time to answer for the Mayhem, making it a 4-2 game. (Chad) Brears would answer once again for the Cottonmouths, scoring his second of the game and making it a 5-2 game. The Snakes would add two more goals in the third period to win 7-2. ... - SPHL Macon Mayhem View the full article
  10. ROANOKE, VA - Jackson Brewer tallied five points and a hat trick, Joey Ballmer made 36 saves for his first professional win and the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs defeated the Peoria Rivermen, 6-4, Saturday night at the Berglund Center. Roanoke finished the weekend set against the Rivermen with three out of a possible four points. With the game tied at two in the third period, Peoria took a trio of penalties and sent the Dawgs on an extended 5-on-3 power play. Brewer fired a pass across the ice to Zach Tatrn who blasted a one-timer past Tyler Parks to put the Dawgs on top, 3-2. Still working on a 5-on-3 man advantage, Roanoke cashed in again just over a minute later. Brewer darted a pass through traffic to Phil Bronner who guided it into the net, extending the lead to 4-2. Peoria got one back on a power play of its own when Adam Stuart snapped a shot past Ballmer, bringing the Rivermen within one. The Dawgs still led by one with just 90 seconds on the clock as Peoria pulled Parks for the extra attacker. Brewer wasted no time in firing a shot from behind the red line and into the net for his second goal. The Rivermen opted to keep the net empty and moments later, Steve Mele found Brewer streaking up the ice. He slid the puck into the empty net to complete his hat trick and give the Rail Yard Dawgs a 6-3 lead. Brewer's hat trick was the second in Rail Yard Dawgs history and his first as a professional. He finished with three goals and two assists, setting a Roanoke franchise record for points in a game with five. ... Roanoke's win was its first ever against Peoria and the Dawgs have now defeated each team in the SPHL. They improved to 16-26-7 with the victory while the Rivermen fell to 27-12-10. The Rail Yard Dawgs remain in a tie with the Columbus Cottonmouths for the eighth and final playoff spot in the SPHL. Roanoke will return to the ice on Friday at home against the Cottonmouths. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05 PM at the Berglund Center. ... - SPHL Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs View the full article
  11. ROANOKE RAIL YARD DAWGS (15-26-7), T-8th SPHL, 37 Pts PEORIA RIVERMEN (27-11-10), T-3rd SPHL, 64 Pts Saturday, March 18 - 7:05 PM Berglund Center - Roanoke, VA ... LAST TIME OUT: Roanoke scored three times in the second period to take a 3-1 lead but Peoria netted two in the third to force overtime before defeating the Rail Yard Dawgs, 4-3, Friday night at the Berglund Center. Zach Tatrn scored two goals, Cody Walsh had a goal and an assist and James Kruger stopped 34 of the 38 shots he faced in the losing effort. THE OTHER GUYS: Peoria enters Saturday tied for third place in the SPHL with 64 points, even with the Fayetteville FireAntz. The Rivermen have points in 12 of their last 13 games. Saturday marks the fifth and final meeting of the season between the Dawgs and Rivermen. SCOREBOARD WATCHING: With eight games remaining in its regular season, Roanoke is now deadlocked in a tie for the eighth and final playoff spot with the Columbus Cottonmouths. While both teams have 37 standings points, Columbus has played two fewer games. The Rail Yard Dawgs face the Cottonmouths three more times this season, with all three games taking place at the Berglund Center. ... - SPHL Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs View the full article
  12. SOUTHAVEN, Miss. -The Pensacola Ice Flyers (21-18-8) managed to overcome a hat trick by the Mississippi RiverKings\' (27-19-2) Robert Lindores but ultimately fell 4-3 in a shootout inside Landers Center on Friday night. ... The Ice Flyers tied the game at two when John Gustafsson tied the game with a power play goal just 3:26 into the third. Clarke and Massimo Lamacchia had the assists on the goal. Less than two minutes later, Mississippi\'s Lindores completed the hat trick and gave the RiverKings the 3-2 lead with 14:38 left in the third. Clarke struck again with exactly seven minutes left in the third period with a laser of a shot from the top of the slot to tie the game up at three apiece. ... With the score tied at three following regulation, the two teams headed to a five-minute, sudden death overtime period. Despite Pensacola having the majority of the chances in overtime, including an unsuccessful penalty shot attempt by Louis Belisle, the game headed to a shootout. None of the Ice Flyers\' four shooters scored in the shootout while Dillan Fox and Mike Moran connected for Mississippi. John McLean stopped 21 of 23 shots he faced in 35:16 of action and Matt Zenzola saved 13 of the 14 shots he faced and one of three shooters he faced in the shootout. ... - SPHL Pensacola Ice Flyers View the full article
  13. EVANSVILLE, IN - Evansville hosted Huntsville at the Ford Center and carried the play offensively through the first 20 minutes. Huntsville responded with physical play and game 48 of the season had a very playoff feel to it. For a third straight game, the Thunderbolts scored the first goal of the game. ... Evansville continued their aggressive offensive play into the second period. They led in shots 20-11 until penalty problems, again, put their opponents on the power play. Evansville killed the first penalty to Stephon Thorne for elbowing before Frank Schumacher would end up in the sin bin just 20 seconds later. ... Both netminders made circus-style saves through the third period to give their teams an opportunity to win. The tense affair was finally broken when Josh Elmes pinched in from the right point and took a pass from Austin Mckay and scored top shelf, ... - SPHL Evansville Thunderbolts View the full article
  14. SOUTHAVEN, Miss - The Mississippi RiverKings (27-19-2) clinch a playoff berth by beating the Pensacola Ice Flyers (21-18-8) 4-3 in a shootout behind Robert Lindores' hat trick performance. ... In the final period, Pensacola's John Gustafsson would tie the game on a power play goal with Matt Harrington in the penalty box for the RiverKings. With 14:15 on the clock, forward Robert Lindores tallied another goal from the left circle to certify his hat trick performance which would give the RiverKings a 3-2 lead. However, the Ice Flyers would tie the game again with 6:12 minutes to play thanks to a wrist shot from Aaron Clarke that forced overtime. After a scoreless overtime period, the game went to a shootout. In the shootout, Dillan Fox and Mike Moran scored goals to lead the RiverKings to victory. Brad Barone saved all four shot opportunities from Pensacola during the shootout. Brad Barone (16-12-2) earned the victory by stopping 25 of 28 shots. (Pensacola's goalie) John McLean (8-6-1) took the overtime loss in the 4-3 defeat. ... - SPHL Mississippi RiverKings View the full article
  15. MACON, GA- The Macon Mayhem battled in a back-and-forth game with the Columbus Cottonmouths, but came out on the short end, losing 5-4 in overtime. ... The Mayhem scored the first goal of (a) period for the first time in this game when Stephen Pierog scored on the power play to take the 4-3 lead. Former Mayhem Vadim Guskov scored about halfway through the period tie the game at 4-4. That would be all the scoring in the third period, but Jonathan Turk would score his second overtime goal against the Mayhem this season, giving the Cottonmouths the 5-4 victory. NOTABLE STATS The Mayhem move to 30-9-6 (66 points) on the season and are now 14-4-4 at the Macon Coliseum. With the overtime loss, they are now 5-4 in games decided in overtime. ... With Mark Rivera recording an assist tonight, he extends his point streak to six games (his second six-game point streak of the season). .... - SPHL Macon Mayhem View the full article