2005–06 SPHL season

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2005–06 SPHL season
League Southern Professional Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Regular season
Season champions Knoxville Ice Bears
Season MVP Matt Carmichael (Huntsville)[1]
Top scorer Kevin Swider (Knoxville)
Playoffs
Finals champions Knoxville Ice Bears
  Finals runners-up Florida Seals
SPHL seasons

The 2005–06 Southern Professional Hockey League season was the second season of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The regular season began October 21, 2005, and ended April 12, 2006, after a 56-game regular season and a six-team playoff. The Knoxville Ice Bears won their first SPHL championship.

Preseason[edit]

The Asheville Aces,[2] Macon Trax,[3] and Winston-Salem Polar Twins[4] all folded following the 2004–05 season. Replacing them were the Florida Seals[5] and Pee Dee Cyclones.[6]

A new playoff structure was announced, with the top seed and sixth seed playing each other in a best-of-5-game series, with the winner advancing to the championship. The second and fifth, and third and fourth seeds each play a best-of-3-game series, with the winners meeting in another 3-game series to determine the second finalist.[7]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Team[8] GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
Knoxville Ice Bears 56 36 14 6 262 192 78
Columbus Cottonmouths 56 34 16 6 247 182 74
Florida Seals 56 32 17 7 211 174 71
Fayetteville FireAntz 56 31 19 6 224 175 68
Huntsville Havoc 56 32 21 3 203 186 67
Pee Dee Cyclones 56 16 33 7 201 307 39
Jacksonville Barracudas 56 15 39 2 183 315 32
William B. Coffey Trophy winners
     Advanced to playoffs

Attendance[edit]

Team Total Games Average
Fayetteville 103,179 28 3,684
Knoxville 96,428 28 3,443
Columbus 90,518 28 3,232
Huntsville 87,871 28 3,183
Florida 57,538 28 2,054
Jacksonville 57,028 28 2,036
Pee Dee 40,626 28 1,450

President's Cup playoffs[edit]

  1st Round 2nd Round Finals
                                               
1  Knoxville Ice Bears 4 7 3 6 x  
6  Pee Dee Cyclones 5 1 1 3 x    
    1  Knoxville Ice Bears 6 2 1 3 x
  3  Florida Seals 3 1 3 2 x
  3  Florida Seals 2 1 1  
4  Fayetteville FireAntz 1 8 0  
3  Florida Seals 4 5 x
 
  5  Huntsville Havoc 2 3 x  
5  Huntsville Havoc 4 3 3
  2  Columbus Cottonmouths 1 4 2  

(1) Knoxville Ice Bears vs. (6) Pee Dee Cyclones[edit]

The Knoxville Ice Bears and the Macon trax play at best of 5 round that will take the place of the first two playoff rounds. The other four teams will play a best of 3 game Quarter Final and Simi Final round.

Game-by-Game Score Knoxville goals Pee Dee goals Winning goalie
1 March 24 at Pee Dee 5, Knoxville 4 OT 3:50 Jason Bermingham 2, K.J. Voorhees, Robbie Rangus Justin Siebold, Brett Roat 2, Geoff Rollins, Edan Welch Kelly Shields
2 March 25 at Pee Dee 1, Knoxville 7 Kevin Swider 2, Robbie Rangus, Jason Bermingham, Curtis Menzul, Rob Miller, K.J. Voorhees Steve Birch James Ronayne
3 March 31 at Knoxville 3, Pee Dee 1 K.C. Caudill, Jason Bermingham, Kevin Swider Joel Petkoff James Ronayne
4 March 31 at Knoxville 6, Pee Dee 3 Jason Bermingham 5, Nathan Daly Geoff Rollins, Justin Siebold 2 James Ronayne
Knoxville win series 3–1 Bermingham 9, Swider 3, Voorhees 2, Rangus 2 Siebold 3, Roat 2, Rollins 2

Quarterfinals[edit]

Note: game-winning goal scorer indicated in italics

(2) Columbus Cottonmouths vs. (5) Huntsville Havoc[edit]

Game-by-Game Score Columbus goals Huntsville goals Winning goalie
1 March 23 at Columbus 1, Huntsville 4 Tim Green Don Patrick, Mark Cole, Doug Merrell, Jesse Baraniuk Matt Carmichael
2 March 25 at Huntsville 3, Columbus 4 2OT 7:32 Lorne Misita, Tom McMonagle, Mat Ponto,Ryan Haggarty Jeff Dams, Chris Peach, Don Patrick Chad Rycroft
3 March 28 at Columbus 2, Huntsville 3 Craig Stahl, Tom McMonagle Ryan Brown, James Patterson, Mike O'Sullivan Matt Carmichael
Huntsville win series 2–1 McMonagle 2 Patrick 2

(3) Florida Seals vs. (4) Fayetteville FireAntz[edit]

Game-by-Game Score Florida goals Fayetteville goals Winning goalie
1 March 24 at Florida 2, Fayetteville 1 John Gurskis, Robert Sich Kory Baker Terry Denike
2 March 25 at Fayetteville 8, Florida 1 Justin Keller Rob Meanchoff, George Nistas 4, Nick Kormanyos, Dean Jackson, Scott Corbett Chad Collins
3 March 28 at Florida 1, Fayetteville 0 Robert Sich Terry Denike
Florida win series 2–1 Sich 2

Semifinals[edit]

Note: game-winning goal scorer indicated in italics

(3) Florida Seals vs. (5) Huntsville Havoc[edit]

Game-by-Game Score Florida goals Huntsville goals Winning goalie
1 March 31 at Florida 4, Huntsville 2 Steve Zoryk, Robert Sich 2, Nick Cammarata Chris Peach, Jeff Dams Terry Denike
2 April 2 at Huntsville 3, Florida 5 Craig Miller, Nick Cammarata, Justin Keller, John Gurskis 2 Luke Phillips, Jeff Dams, Jason DeGuehery Terry Denike
Columbus win series 2–0 Sich 2, Cammarata 2, Gurskis 2 Dams 2

Finals[edit]

April 7, 2006
7:35 pm
Florida 3–6
Knoxville Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN
Attendance: 2,312
April 8, 2006
7:35 pm
Florida 1–2
Knoxville Knoxville Civic Coliseum, Knoxville, TN
Attendance: 2,688
April 11, 2006
7:35 pm
Knoxville 1–3
Florida Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, FL
Attendance: 2,766
April 12, 2006
7:35 pm
Knoxville 3–2
Florida Silver Spurs Arena, Kissimmee, FL
Attendance: 2,028

Awards[edit]

The All-SPHL teams were announced March 21, 2006, followed by the MVP on March 22, Defenseman of the Year on March 23, Coach of the Year on March 24, Rookie of the Year on March 27, and Goalie of the Year on Match 28.[9]

President's Cup: Knoxville Ice Bears
Commissioner's Cup: Knoxville Ice Bears
League MVP: Matt Carmichael (Huntsville)[1]
Rookie of the Year: Rob Sich (Florida)[10]
Defenseman of the Year: Mike Clarke (Fayetteville)[11]
Goalie of the Year: Terry Denike (Florida)[12]
Coach of the Year: Jerome Bechard (Columbus)[13]

All-Star selections[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Carmichael named SPHL MVP". Press release. March 22, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Asheville out of SPHL next season". Knoxville News-Sentinel. June 17, 2005. Archived from the original on June 3, 2008. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Trax Suspend Operation". Press release. April 13, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  4. ^ "SPHL's Polar Twins on ice". The Huntsville Times. June 3, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Central Florida’s other Professional Hockey Team Preparing for Season". Press release. February 23, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Florence, SC Becomes First SPHL Expansion City". Press release. May 11, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  7. ^ "SPHL 2005 annual meeting concludes". Press release. June 3, 2005. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  8. ^ "SPHL Standings". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved March 17, 2010. 
  9. ^ "All-SPHL Teams Announced". Press release. March 21, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Sich named SPHL Rookie of the Year". Press release. March 27, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  11. ^ "Clarke named SPHL Defenseman of the Year". Press release. March 23, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  12. ^ "SPHL Goalie of the Year". Press release. March 28, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  13. ^ "Bechard named Coach of the Year". Press release. March 24, 2006. Retrieved March 24, 2010.