2004–05 SPHL season

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Joe Koslakiewicz

2004–05 SPHL season
League Southern Professional Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Regular season
Season champions Knoxville Ice Bears
Season MVP Kevin Swider (Knoxville)[1]
Top scorer Kevin Swider (Knoxville)
Playoffs
Finals champions Columbus Cottonmouths
  Finals runners-up Macon Trax
SPHL seasons
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The 2004–05 Southern Professional Hockey League season was the first season of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The regular season began October 29, 2004, and ended April 1, 2005, after a 56-game regular season and a six-team playoff. The Columbus Cottonmouths won the first SPHL championship.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Team[2] GP W L GF GA Pts
Knoxville Ice Bears 56 34 22 235 185 68
Macon Trax 56 33 23 220 199 66
Jacksonville Barracudas 56 33 23 230 195 66
Fayetteville FireAntz 56 32 24 226 158 64
Columbus Cottonmouths 56 30 26 224 200 60
Huntsville Havoc 56 29 27 183 181 58
Asheville Aces 56 19 37 182 256 38
Winston-Salem Polar Twins 56 14 42 147 300 28
Commissioner's Cup winners
     Advanced to playoffs

Attendance[edit]

Team Total Games Average
Knoxville 93,564 28 3,341
Fayetteville 85,744 28 3,062
Huntsville 75,978 28 2,713
Columbus 73,063 28 2,609
Jacksonville 63,542 28 2,269
Asheville 59,901 28 2,139
Macon 53,082 28 1,895
Winston-Salem 41,816 28 1,493

President's Cup playoffs[edit]

  Quarterfinals     Semifinals     Finals
                                   
        1  Knoxville Ice Bears 2 2 x  
  5  Columbus Cottonmouths 4     5  Columbus Cottonmouths 4 3 x    
  4  Fayetteville FireAntz 2         5  Columbus Cottonmouths 5 3 x
      2  Macon Trax 1 2 x
        2  Macon Trax 2 3 7    
  3  Jacksonville Barracudas 2     3  Jacksonville Barracudas 1 4 1  
  6  Huntsville Havoc 1  

Quarterfinals[edit]

Note: game-winning goal scorer indicated in italics

(1) Knoxville Ice Bears and (2) Macon Trax[edit]

The Knoxville Ice Bears and the Macon trax get byes for the Quarter Finals round of the playoffs. The teams will be reseeded for the Simi Finals round.

(3) Jacksonville Barracudas vs. (6) Huntsville Havoc[edit]

Game-by-Game Score Jacksonville goals Huntsville goals Winning goalie
1 March 23 at Jacksonville 2, Huntsville 1 Brad Federenko, Jason Silverthron Jeff Dams Kelly Shields
Jacksonville win series 1–0

(4) Fayetteville FireAntz vs. (5) Columbus Cottonmouths[edit]

Game-by-Game Score Fayetteville goals Columbus goals Winning goalie
1 March 23 at Fayetteville 2, Columbus 4 Chad Peck, George Nistas Ryan Haggarty, Tylor Keller, Daryl Moor, Tim Green Chad Rycroft
Columbus win series 1–0

Semifinals[edit]

Note: game-winning goal scorer indicated in italics

(1) Knoxville Ice Bears vs. (5) Columbus Cottonmouths[edit]

Game-by-Game Score Knoxville goals Columbus goals Winning goalie
1 March 25 at Knoxville 2, Columbus 4 David Bagley, Doug Searle Orrin Hergott, Tylor Keller, Ryan Haggarty 2 Chad Rycroft
2 March 27 at Columbus 3, Knoxville 2 Chris Bodnar, Craig Desjarlais Craig Stahl 2, Orrin Hergott Chad Rycroft
Columbus win series 2–0 Hergott 2, Haggarty 2, Stahl 2

(2) Macon Trax vs. (3) Jacksonville Barracudas[edit]

Game-by-Game Score Macon goals Jacksonville goals Winning goalie
1 March 25 at Jacksonville 1, Macon 2 Craig Miller, Casey Handrahan Jason Silverthorn Mark Cairns
2 March 26 at Macon 3, Jacksonville 4 John Gurskis 2, Steve Zoryk Joe Koslakiewicz 2, Brad Federenko 2 Kelly Shields
3 March 27 at Macon 7, Jacksonville 1 Edan Welch, Ryan Rivard, Steve Zoryk 2, Lou Dimasi, Mark Allen, David Deeves Brent Rumble Kelly Shields
Macon win series 2–1 Zork 3, Koslakiewicz 2, Federenko 2

Finals[edit]

March 31, 2005
7:35 pm
Columbus 5–1
Macon Macon Centreplex, Macon, GA
Attendance: 1,997
April 1, 2005
7:30 pm
Macon 2 – 3 (OT)
Columbus Columbus Civic Center, Columbus, GA
Attendance: 4,579

Awards[edit]

The Coach of the Year award was announced on March 21, 2005, followed by the All-Star team on March 22, Goalie of the Year on March 23, Defenseman of the Year on March 24, and MVP and Rookie of the Year on March 25.[3]

President's Cup: Columbus Cottonmouths
Commissioner's Cup: Knoxville Ice Bears
League MVP: Kevin Swider (Knoxville)[1]
Rookie of the Year: Chad Collins (Fayetteville)[4]
Defenseman of the Year: Curtis Menzul (Knoxville)[5]
Goalie of the Year: Chad Collins (Fayetteville)[6]
Coach of the Year: Derek Booth (Fayetteville)[7]

All-Star selections[edit]

All-Stars

Canada F Brent Rumble (Jacksonville)
United States F Kevin Swider (Knoxville)
Canada F K.J. Vorhees (Knoxville)
Canada D Ryan Aikia (Columbus)
Canada D Curtis Menzul (Knoxville)
Canada G Chad Collins (Fayetteville)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Kevin Swider Earns MVP Award". Press release. March 25, 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "SPHL Standings". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "SPHL Announces 2004–2005 All Star Team". Press release. March 22, 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "SPHL Names Chad Collins Rookie of the Year". Press release. March 25, 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Knoxville's Menzul named SPHL's Top Defenseman". Press release. March 24, 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "Chad Collins Named SPHL Goalie of the Year". Press release. March 23, 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Derek Booth Named Coach of the Year". Press release. March 21, 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2010.