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MacGuy

2018 SPHL President's Cup Finals - (1) Peoria vs. (4) Huntsville

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1st place Peoria has the Home advantage over 4th place Huntsville. 

The Rivermen went 3-0 against the Havoc at home this season, while Huntsville were 3-2 at home against Peoria.

The Peoria Civic Center appears to only be available Sunday and Tuesday next week, while the Von Braun Center looks to have Monday, Wednesday and Friday open.

The Havoc have 7 players with 5 or more points in the post-season, including Sy Nutkevitch with 9. Meanwhile the Rivermen have 2 players with 5+ points.

Tyler Parks has been Peoria's sole playoffs netminder with a .963 SV% and a 1.00 GAA. Huntsville has split it's time between Keegan Asmundson (.919 / 2.95) and Mike DeLaVergne (.877 / 3.30).

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And the Best of Three schedule.  Plenty of time for the fans to limber up ... party.gif    groupwave.gif    cheers1.gif

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SPHL announces President’s Cup Finals schedule

April 21, 2018

12:36 AM EDT

HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 21, 2018) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Saturday announced the schedule for the best-of-three President’s Cup Finals between the Peoria Rivermen and the Huntsville Havoc:

#1 Peoria Rivermen vs. #4 Huntsville Havoc

Game 1 - Wednesday, April 25 at Peoria, 7:15 pm CDT

Game 2 - Friday, April 27 at Huntsville, 7:00 pm CDT

Game 3 - Sunday, April 29 at Peoria, 4:15 pm CDT (if necessary)

 

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That's too bad. It's always nice to see when the teams agree to take it to 5 games.

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Nothing says "Championship Finals" like a three-game series. The #SortaProfessionalHockeyLeague at its best!

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3 hours ago, Harlan said:

Nothing says "Championship Finals" like a three-game series. The #SortaProfessionalHockeyLeague at its best!

I agree. I understand the arena availability issue the teams have, but to me, the Finals should be no less than 5 games.  There has to be a way to make that work....the league needs to somehow make that happen.

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13 hours ago, Volstate said:

I agree. I understand the arena availability issue the teams have, but to me, the Finals should be no less than 5 games.  There has to be a way to make that work....the league needs to somehow make that happen.

Not while Jeffries continues to pull Combs' puppet strings...

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The 2010 President's Cup series was 5 games between Huntsville & Mississippi.

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4 hours ago, Harlan said:

Not while Jeffries continues to pull Combs' puppet strings...

Stop with Combs playing favorites, especially with Jeffries and the Havoc. If that were so, the Havoc would be 56-0 every season, they wouldn't be the 5th most penalized team (in PIMs) this season, and they certainly would not have had clown refs assigned to officiate their games. Lots of forum members claim Mr Combs plays favorites against their respective teams, which shows that he doesn't. I'm not defending him- there ARE areas in this league needing improvement that he could work on such as officiating (cough, cough) and as mentioned above implementing at least a best-of-5 finals (if not the entire playoffs). The latter phrase being said, we all know the vagaries of ice availability in SPHL cities. 

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7 hours ago, MacGuy said:

The 2010 President's Cup series was 5 games between Huntsville & Mississippi.

The 2016 Finals series was supposed to go to 5 games as well, but we wuz robbed with 0:00.1 ticks left in the 3rd period of Game #3.  :hockeyref1:

But seriously, folks, this whole fan argument re. scheduling a 5-game finals has become a case of :deadhorse: .  The primary conditions in favor of a short series - cost & ice availability - have not changed, so what makes anyone think the League members' position on the length of the Finals series will change?  And a 5-game finals throws away all the strategies that the two advancing teams' coaches have established in the preceding 3-game series that got them there.  It's still pro hockey - enjoy it while it lasts.  :popcorn:

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Interesting interpretation. A 3-game sweep is still a 5-game series. Even if the Rivermen had restrained themselves in the final 3 minutes of the game and the Flyers didn't score in the last minute, it still could have ended in 3 games. Or even gone to a 4th (or 5th???) game if Peoria had managed to turn things around. All of which are possible outcomes in a 5-game series.

And it's not beating a dead horse if the rule is that, each year, the two teams that advance the Finals decide if they want to go 5 games - like they did in 2010, 2011 & 2016.

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1 hour ago, MacGuy said:

... And it's not beating a dead horse if the rule is that, each year, the two teams that advance the Finals decide if they want to go 5 games - like they did in 2010, 2011 & 2016.

IMO, the equine abuse occurs when fans year-after-year insist on debating the merits of 3-vs-5 game Finals.  If the competing teams want it, they can have it; if they don't, they won't.  No amount of fan protestation will change that under the current League leadership & membership.

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On 4/23/2018 at 2:23 PM, PlannedObsolescence said:

Stop with Combs playing favorites, especially with Jeffries and the Havoc. If that were so, the Havoc would be 56-0 every season, they wouldn't be the 5th most penalized team (in PIMs) this season, and they certainly would not have had clown refs assigned to officiate their games. Lots of forum members claim Mr Combs plays favorites against their respective teams, which shows that he doesn't. I'm not defending him- there ARE areas in this league needing improvement that he could work on such as officiating (cough, cough) and as mentioned above implementing at least a best-of-5 finals (if not the entire playoffs). The latter phrase being said, we all know the vagaries of ice availability in SPHL cities. 

Jeffries has disproportionate power in this league. He got Combs hired, and Combs knows where his bread is buttered. 

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