SPHL Announces Playoff Format for 2014-2015 Season

HUNTERSVILLE, NC – The Southern Professional Hockey League Board of Governors, in a conference call held yesterday, approved the playoff format for the 2014-2015 season:

2014-2015 PLAYOFF FORMATThe top six (6) finishers in the league standings will make the playoffs:

FIRST ROUND
Series A - #1 Seed will play #6 Seed in a best-of-three series

Series B - #2 Seed will play #5 Seed in a best-of-three series

Series C - #3 Seed will play #4 Seed in a best-of-three series

SECOND ROUND
The highest-seeded team remaining after the first round will receive an automatic bye to the President’s Cup Finals.

The other two first round winners will meet in a best-of-three series.

PRESIDENT’S CUP FINAL
The two remaining teams will meet in the best-of-three President’s Cup Final.

Playoff tickets go on sale Wednesday, Mar. 19

PENSACOLA, FL. (March 18, 2014) - Playoff tickets for the Pensacola Ice Flyers' first home playoff game, scheduled for Thursday, Mar. 27 at 7:05 p.m., will go on sale through the Pensacola Bay Center Box Office and Ticketmaster on Wednesday, Mar. 19 at 10 a.m. Pricing will remain the same as the regular season. 

Come be a part of history as SPHL Commissioner Jim Combs will be on hand to present the William B. Coffey Trophy to the Ice Flyers in recognition of the team winning the 2013-14 regular season championship for the first time in the team's five-year history.

Pensacola's Ross MacKinnon Named Easton Player of the Week

HUNTERSVILLE, NC. (March 18, 2014) - The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) today announced goaltender Ross MacKinnon of the Pensacola Ice Flyers is the Easton Player of the Week for March 10-16.

MacKinnon went 3-0-0, posting one shutout, a 0.65 goals against average and .975 save percentage as the Ice Flyers extended their consecutive-game point streak to 20 and captured the SPHL regular season championship.

On Thursday, the Manchester, CT native recorded his third shutout of the season, stopping 25 shots in a 5-0 blanking of Columbus.  MacKinnon came back on Friday with 18 saves in a 2-1 shootout win over Peoria and then closed out the weekend on Saturday by stopping 35 of 36 Rivermen shots in another 2-1 win over Peoria.

MacKinnon, who hasn't lost a game in regulation since December 8, ranks second in the SPHL with 21 wins (21-1-3 overall), a 2.06 goals against average and .927 save percentage.  MacKinnon earned President's Cup Most Valuable Player honors last season, going 6-1 with a 1.24 goals against average and .956 save percentage as he led the Ice Flyers to their first-ever SPHL championship.  Also named to the 2012-13 SPHL All-Rookie Team, he led all first-year netminders with a 2.06 goals against average and .935 save percentage, was second with two shutouts and fourth with 14 wins, despite playing only 19 games before going up to the ECHL on January 9.

Also Nominated: Travis Granbois, Bloomington (3 gp, 2a, +2), Jordan Draper, Columbus (4 gp, 5g, 3a, four-goal game), Corey Toy, Fayetteville (4 gp, 2g, 2a, 1 gwg), Ray Ortiz, Huntsville (3 gp, 2g), Mark Van Vliet, Knoxville (3 gp, 1g, 4a), Shawn McNeil, Louisiana (3 gp, 1g, 4a), Matthew Krahn, Mississippi RiverKings (2-0-0, 1.50 gaa, .930 save%), Mathieu Dugas, Mississippi Surge (1-2-0, 2.37 gaa, .926 save%) and Kyle Rank, Peoria (1-0-1, 1.92 gaa, .947 save%)

Game Recap: Ice Flyers win 2-1, set records, win Coffey Trophy

PENSACOLA, FL. (March 15, 2014) - The Pensacola Ice Flyers hosted the Peoria Rivermen for the second half of a back-to-back and came out with another 2-1 win. The win locked up the William B. Coffey Trophy, awarded to SPHL's regular season champion, for the Ice Flyers. The team also set two more SPHL records with season average attendance record of 4,091 per game and total season attendance with 114,537.

The first period was scoreless with back and forth physical play and great chances for both teams. Pensacola held a 13-10 shot advantage after the first 20 minutes.

Ryan Salvis broke the scoreless tie just over four minutes into the middle period when he put home a rebound from the left wing circle. Steve Whitely and Jeremy Gates picked up the assists on Salvis' eleventh goal of the season. That was the only goal in a period that saw a total of 32 shots with Pensacola holding a 17-15 edge.

Peoria's Ben Oskroba took exception to a hit by Mitchell Good and the two dropped the gloves 2:57 into the third period. Peoria tied the game less than two minutes later when Chris Greene beat Pensacola's Ross MacKinnon. It took a little over seven minutes for the Ice Flyers to regain the lead at the 11:52 mark of the period. Adam Pawlick scored with Salvis picking up the lone assist.

MacKinnon stopped 35 of Peoria's 36 shots to push his record to 21-1-3.

Game Stars
1st Star: A.Pawlick (PEN) - 1G, GWG
2nd Star: R.Salvis (PEN) - 1G, 1A
3rd Star: R.MacKinnon (PEN) - 35 Saves, W

Game Recap: Ice Flyers win 2-1 in a shootout, extend streak

PENSACOLA, FL. (March 14, 2014) - The Pensacola Ice Flyers hosted the Peoria Rivermen for the first time this season and came out with a 2-1 shootout win despite a solid performance in net by Peoria's Kyle Rank.

The first was scoreless for over 10 minutes until Peoria's Matt Viola scored with 9:24remaining in the period. Less than three minutes later, Jeremy Gates picked up his first goal of the season in just his second game since signing with the team. John Dunbar and Steve Whitely assisted on the goal that came with 6:34 left in the first. The Ice Flyers kept the pressure on Peoria goalie Kyle Rank all period and out shot the Rivermen 16-8.

The second and third periods were scoreless affairs despite the Ice Flyers out shooting the Rivermen 30-7 in the final two periods. Both teams had a key opportunities that were answered with key saves and great shot blocks.

The game was still scoreless through the overtime period so Pensacola and the Rivermen headed to a shootout still tied 1-1. Chris Greene scored for Peoria while Dunbar and Joe Caveney tallied for Pensacola to solidify the win.

Ross MacKinnon stopped 17 of the 18 shots Peoria put on net to pick up his 20th win of the year.

Game Stars
1st Star: J.Caveney (PEN) - 1G, GWG
2nd Star: K.Rank (PEO) - 47 Saves
3rd Star: R.MacKinnon (PEN) - 18 saves and W