2006–07 SPHL season

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2006–07 SPHL season
League Southern Professional Hockey League
Sport Ice hockey
Regular season
Season champions Columbus Cottonmouths
Season MVP Rob Sich (Fayetteville)[1]
Top scorer Kevin Swider (Knoxville)
Playoffs
Finals champions Fayetteville FireAntz
  Finals runners-up Jacksonville Barracudas
Playoffs MVP Chad Collins (Fayetteville)[2]
SPHL seasons

The 2006–07 Southern Professional Hockey League season was the third season of the Southern Professional Hockey League. The regular season began October 27, 2006, and ended April 18, 2007, after a 56-game regular season and a six-team playoff. The Fayetteville FireAntz won their first SPHL championship.

Preseason[edit]

The Richmond Renegades joined the league as an expansion franchise, succeeding the United Hockey League's Richmond RiverDogs.[3]

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Team[4] GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
Columbus Cottonmouths 56 36 18 2 217 181 74
Knoxville Ice Bears 56 33 19 4 219 185 70
Fayetteville FireAntz 56 32 18 6 246 205 70
Huntsville Havoc 56 29 23 4 221 210 62
Richmond Renegades 56 27 25 4 187 219 58
Jacksonville Barracudas 56 25 24 7 198 238 57
Pee Dee Cyclones 56 16 32 8 225 280 40
Florida Seals* 26 11 14 1 110 105 23
William B. Coffey Trophy winners
     Advanced to playoffs

The Florida Seals folded mid-season after not meeting contractual obligations to their arena. A one-round dispersal draft was held January 5, with each team choosing one team from the Seals' roster. The picks were as follows: Pee Dee - Justin Keller, Jacksonville - Lawne Snyder, Fayetteville - Rob Sich, Richmond - Matt Balser, Columbus - Chad Haacke, Knoxville - Craig Geerlinks, Huntsville - Craig Miller.[5]

Attendance[edit]

Team Total Games Average
Huntsville 109,615 28 3,914
Richmond 95,756 28 3,419
Fayetteville 93,301 28 3,332
Columbus 92,534 28 3,304
Knoxville 90,640 28 3,237
Jacksonville 70,773 26 2,722
Florida 34,470 17 2,027
Pee Dee 36,928 26 1,420

President's Cup playoffs[edit]

  1st Round 2nd Round Finals
                                               
1  Columbus Cottonmouths 1 3 4 3 x  
6  Jacksonville Barracudas 2 4 2 4 x    
    6  Jacksonville Barracudas 1 5 3 3 x
  3  Fayetteville FireAntz 3 6 2 5 x
  3  Fayetteville FireAntz 3 5 x  
4  Huntsville Havoc 2 4 x  
3  Fayetteville FireAntz 4 5 x
 
  2  Knoxville Ice Bears 1 2 x  
5  Richmond Renegades 4 2 2
  2  Knoxville Ice Bears 3 8 6  

(1) Columbus Cottonmouths vs. (6) Jacksonville Barracudas[edit]

The Columbus Cottonmouths and the Jacksonville Barracudas 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 Columbus goals Jacksonville goals Winning goalie
1 March 29 at Columbus 1, Jacksonville 2 2OT 5:06 Mark Prentice Steve Zoryk, Greg LeColst Ryan Person
2 March 30 at Columbus 3, Jacksonville 4 OT 1:15 Ryan Haggarty, Mark Prentice, Daryl Moor Steve Zoryk 2, Tyrone Garner 2 Ryan Person
3 April 1 at Jacksonville 2, Columbus 4 Galloway Carroll 3, Ryan Rutz Tyrone Garner, Jim Murphy Chad Rycroft
4 April 3 at Jacksonville 4, Columbus 3 Craig Stahl 2, Jason Price Steve Zoryk, Jim Murphy, Tyrone Garner 2 Ryan Person
Jacksonville win series 3-1 Prentice 2 Zoryk 4, Garner 4, Murphy 2

Quarter Finals[edit]

Note: game-winning goal scorer indicated in italics

(2) Knoxville Ice Bears vs. (5) Richmond Renegades[edit]

Game-by-Game Score Knoxville goals Richmond goals Winning goalie
1 March 30 at Knoxville 3, Richmond 4 2OT 4:17 Rob Flynn, Tim Vitek, Matt Kohansky Dean Jackson, Tyler Schremp, Danny White, Donald Melnyk Doug Groenestege
2 March 31 at Richmond 2, Knoxville 8 Mike Tuomi 3, Matt Kohansky, Robbie Rangus, Curtis Menzul, Nick Fouts, Mike Craigen JJ Wrobel, Joe Pace Terry Dunbar
3 April 3 at Knoxville 6, Richmond 2 Curtis Menzul, Robbie Rangus 2, David Segal, Doug Searle, Mike Tuomi Tyler Schremp, Brian Goudie Terry Dunbar
Knoxville win series 2-1 Tuomi 4, Rangus 3,Kohansky 2 Schremp 2

(3) Fayetteville FireAntz vs. (4) Huntsville Havoc[edit]

Game-by-Game Score Fayetteville goals Huntsville goals Winning goalie
1 March 30 at Fayetteville 3, Huntsville 2 Jarrett Robertson, Robert Sich 2 Bill Monkman, Tristan Senior Chad Collins
2 March 31 at Huntsville 4, Fayetteville 5 OT 5:41 Tim Velemirovich 2, Mike Clarke 2, Jarrett Robertson Bill Monkman, Dan Buccella 2, Craig Bushey Chad Collins
Fayetteville win series 2-0 Robertson 2, Sich 2, Velemirovich 2, Clarke 2 Monkman 2, Buccella 2

Semi Finals[edit]

Note: game-winning goal scorer indicated in italics

(2) Knoxville Ice Bears vs. (3) Fayetteville FireAntz[edit]

Game-by-Game Score Knoxville goals Fayetteville goals Winning goalie
1 April 6 at Knoxville 1, Fayetteville 4 Mike Tuomi Tim Velemirovich, Josh Welter, BJ Stephens, Jarrett Robertson Chad Collins
2 April 7 at Fayetteville 5, Knoxville 2 Kevin Swider, Matt Kohansky Tim Velemirovich, Marc Norrington, Josh Tataryn, Robert Sich, Bryan Dobek Chad Collins
Fayetteville win series 2-0 Velemirovich 2

Finals[edit]

April 13, 2007
7:35 pm
Jacksonville 1 – 3
Fayetteville Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, NC
Attendance: 3,209
April 15, 2007
4:00 pm
Jacksonville 5 – 6
Fayetteville Crown Coliseum, Fayetteville, NC
Attendance: 3,209
April 16, 2007
7:35 pm
Fayetteville 2 – 3
Jacksonville Jacksonville Ice, Jacksonville, FL
Attendance: 712
April 18, 2007
8:00 pm
Fayetteville 5 – 3
Jacksonville Jacksonville Ice, Jacksonville, FL
Attendance: 806

Awards[edit]

SPHL award winners were announced March 28, 2007.[1]

President's Cup: Fayetteville FireAntz
Commissioner's Cup: Columbus Cottonmouths
League MVP: Rob Sich (Fayetteville)
Rookie of the Year: Tim Velemirovich (Fayetteville)
Defenseman of the Year: Brian Goudie (Richmond)
Goalie of the Year: Chad Rycroft (Columbus)
Coach of the Year: John Marks (Fayetteville)
Franchise of the Year: Huntsville Havoc
Playoff MVP: Chad Collins (Fayetteville)[2]

All-Star selections[edit]

Rookie All-Stars

Canada F Daryl Moore (Pee Dee)
Canada F Mike Tuomi (Knoxville)
Canada F Tim Velemirovich (Fayetteville)
Canada D Dylan Row (Fayetteville)
United States D Phillip Youngclaus (Richmond)
Canada G Doug Groenestege (Richmond)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "SPHL's Third Regular Season Ends". Press release. March 28, 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "FireAntz Win SPHL President's Cup". Press release. April 19, 2007. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Renegades return to Richmond in SPHL". Press release. April 25, 2006. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "SPHL Standings". Pointstreak.com. Retrieved 17 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Florida Seals cease operations". Press release. January 5, 2007. Retrieved 16 March 2010.