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President’s Cup Finals Preview

In case you didn’t hear year, The Ice Flyers have made it to the SPHL President’s Cup Finals.  The series kicks off tonight in Columbus, but you can watch the game at New York Nick’s.

GAME 1 OF THE SPHL PRESIDENT’S CUP FINALS BROADCAST AT NEW YORK NICK’S
WHAT: Ice Flyers vs. Columbus Cottonmouths
WHEN: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 12
WHERE: New York Nick’s, 911 S. Palafox
DETAILS: pensacolaiceflyers.com, newyorknicks.net

Game 2 will be at home in the Hangar Saturday night:

GAME 2 OF THE SPHL PRESIDENT’S CUP FINALS
WHAT: Ice Flyers vs. Columbus Cottonmouths
WHEN: 7:05 p.m. Saturday, April 14
WHERE: The Hangar/Pensacola Civic Center, 201 E. Gregory St.
COST: $10-$25
DETAILS: pensacolaiceflyers.com

Here’s everything you need to know about the series and both teams:
Tom Thumb President’s Cup Finals Preview – Ice Flyers vs. Columbus Ice Flyers, Cottonmouths Battle for the Cup

Series Info
The SPHL President’s Cup Finals will kick off tonight in Columbus at 7:30 p.m. Eastern. Game 2 will take be in Pensacola on Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. Central. If need be, the third and deciding game will take place back in Columbus on Sunday with a 4 p.m. Eastern faceoff.

The Cottonmouths were 2nd in the regular season finishing with a record of 35-16-5 and 75 points after a rough start to the season. To reach the finals, the Cottonmouths swept the Louisiana IceGators in the first round and then swept the Huntsville Havoc in the semis.

Pensacola made their way into the finals by sweeping the Mississippi Surge in the first round before also sweeping the Knoxville Ice Bears in the semi finals.

In the regular season, the Ice Flyers were 4-3-1 against Columbus.

Who’s hot?
Chris Wilson, LW, Pensacola: 1 goal, 4 assists, +3 so far in the playoffs
Jordan Chong, C, Pensacola: 1 goal, 1 assist, +1 in series against Knoxville
Paul Holder, D, Pensacola: 1 goal (game winner last Saturday), +2 in series against Knoxville
Steve Christie, G, Pensacola: 4-0-0, 0.50 goals against average, 0.983 save percentage so far in the playoffs

Greg Bellar, C, Columbus: 4 goals, 4 assists, +8 so far in the playoffs
Sam Bowles, C, Columbus: 5 goals, 1 assist so far in the playoffs
Andrew Krelove, D, Columbus: 5 assists, +8 so far in the playoffs
Ian Vigier, G, Columbus: 4-0-0, 1.20 GAA, 0.957 SV% so far in the playoffs

In the Nets
Pensacola:
Steve Christie: 3 GP, 2-1-0, 0.67 GAA, 0.976 SV% against the Cottonmouths
Jesse Kallechy: 5 GP, 1-4-0, 3.71 GAA, 0.873 SV% against the Cottonmouths

Columbus:
Ian Vigier: 5 GP, 3-2-0, 2.41 GAA, 0.919 SV% against the Ice Flyers
Andrew Loewen: 3 GP, 1-2-0, 2.65 GAA, 0.808 SV% against the Ice Flyers

Regular Season Series Leaders
Goals: Dan Buccella, Jordan Chong, and Matt Robertson, Pensacola (4)
Assists: Tyler Soehner, Pensacola (7)
Points: Tyler Soehner, Pensacola (7)
+/-: Ryan Corry, Pensacola (+7)
PIM: Daniel Amesbury, Columbus (37)

Special Teams
Against the Snakes in the regular season, the Ice Flyers power play was only successful on 4 out of 41 attempts (9.76%). Columbus fared a little better but still wasn’t that great going 4-for-30 (13.33%).This lack of success is odd when you consider that Columbus had the SPHL’s best power play during the regular season while Pensacola was 2nd best.

Five for Fighting
In just 8 regular season matchups, these two teams dropped the mitts 14 times. That works out to 1.75 fights a game without even taking into account times where the players were just called for roughing. Involved in the most fights for Pensacola was Adam Kuhn who dropped the gloves 5 times against 4 different opponents. Columbus’ Daniel Amesbury participated in 5 fights as well despite only playing in 3 games against Pensacola. In those fight bouts he faced 4 different Flyers.

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1450 ESPN, WMEZ 94.1FM, and PENSACOLA ICE FLYERS ANNOUNCE 2012 SPHL SERIES FINAL BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Pensacola, Fla. – On Tuesday, April 10, 1450 ESPN announced an agreement with WMEZ 94.1FM, to broadcast the 2012 Southern Professional Hockey League’s (SPHL) President’s Cup Finals. Game one is scheduled to air from the Columbus Civic Center, Thursday, April 12 at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Game two will air from the Pensacola Civic Center, Saturday, April 14 at 7:05 p.m. CDT. Game three, if necessary, will be broadcast from the Columbus Civic Center, Sunday, April 15 at 3:00 p.m. CDT.

Due to contractual obligations with Minor League Baseball (MiLB), and the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, 1450 ESPN, “The official flagship station of the Pensacola Ice Flyers,” was unable to broadcast the SPHL finals. The series can be heard on WMEZ 94.1 FM. Veteran 1450 ESPN broadcaster Paul Chestnutt will call the games beginning Thursday, April 12, in Columbus, Georgia.

According to Doug McAllister, president Pensacola Sports Radio, L.L.C., “We are excited to help facilitate the broadcast coverage of the Pensacola Ice Flyers during the SPHL finals. In our short history, 1450 ESPN has taken a leadership position in bringing local sports coverage to the fans of Pensacola’s “Home” teams.”

For additional programming and station information visit www.espnpensacola.com or call (850) 438-4982