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The Columbus Cottonmouths split a pair of game over the past weekend both at home. The Snakes defeated league-leading Knoxville 3-2 on Friday night but failed to gain ground on fifth-place Twin City on Saturday night, falling to the Cyclones by a 7-4 margin. This week features three games in three nights, starting with a Thursday night road game at Fayetteville. The Cottonmouths return home to face Huntsville on Friday night and Richmond on Saturday night. All Cottonmouth games as well as all other SPHL matchups are broadcast live via B2 Networks with both a video and audio feed. There is a nominal fee associated with each game; details can be found at www.cottonmouths.com. In addition, away games are aired live in the Columbus area on WEAM 1580 AM "The Zone," with Mike Vee providing the play-by-play action.

CURRENT RECORDS AND STATS

Last Week: 1-1-0

Record: 15-18-3, 33 points (6th Place, SPHL)

102 GF, 122 GA

15.1% PP (6th, SPHL); 84.0% PK (T-2nd, SPHL)

LAST WEEK'S TRANSACTIONS

1/23 - Activated D Andrew Dwyer from 30-day injured reserve

1/23 - Waived F Steven Jensen

1/24 - Loaned G Ian Vigier to South Carolina (ECHL)

1/24 - Signed G Barney Slayton as emergency backup goaltender

UPCOMING GAMES AND PROMOTIONS

Thursday, January 29 - Columbus at Fayetteville, 7:35 PM EST (Season Series vs. FAY: 3-2-1)

Columbus travels to the Crown Center in Fayetteville, N.C. on Thursday night to take on the hometown FireAntz. The Snakes have split the four games played between the two teams in Fayetteville so far this season. Four of the six games overall so far this season have been decided by a single goal.

Friday, January 30 - Huntsville at Columbus, 7:30 PM EST (Season Series vs. HSV: 0-6-1)

The Huntsville Havoc travel to the Snake Pit on Friday night in just their third visit to Columbus so far this season. Huntsville is the only team the Snakes have yet to tally a win against so far this season; in fact, the Huntsville-Columbus series is the only one in the SPHL this season where one team has kept the other winless. This marks the first visit to Columbus for the Havoc since November 29, where Huntsville defeated Columbus 2-1.

PROMOTIONS: Flat Screen Friday, presented by Best Buy. One lucky fan will take home a free flat screen.

Saturday, January 31 - Richmond at Columbus, 7:30 PM EST (Season Series vs. RMD: 3-2-1)

The Richmond Renegades invade the Snake Pit for their third of five visits to Columbus this season. The teams split the two games previously played in Columbus, with Richmond winning 2-1 on December 19 and the Snakes having their biggest margin of victory this season in a 7-2 defeat of the 'Gades on December 20. After this game, the Snakes and Renegades will only face each other twice more this season in a weekend series February 27 and 28 in Columbus.

PROMOTIONS: Chad Rycroft bobblehead giveaway to first 1,000 fans, sponsored by Burger King. Be sure to get here early!

COTTONMOUTHS WEEK IN REVIEW

Friday, January 23 - Knoxville 2 at Columbus 3 (Attendance: 4,753)

The Snakes snapped a three-game losing streak on Friday night with a 3-2 victory over the league-leading Knoxville Ice Bears. The game was played before a season-high crowd of 4,753, bolstered by a huge military presence from Fort Benning on Military Appreciation Night. Sam Bowles scored two goals 59 seconds apart in the second period, while Ryan McCarthy tallied a goal as well as Columbus scored the game's first three markers. Both teams scored a goal on the power play with Columbus having seven chances with the man advantage and Knoxville nine. Ian Vigier stopped 30 of 32 shots on the night while Andrew Gallant made 35 saves on 38 shots for the Ice Bears.

Saturday, January 24 - Twin City 7 at Columbus 4 (Attendance: 3,400)

The Snakes and Twin City Cyclones didn't disappoint on Guaranteed Fight Night at the Snake Pit, mixing it up on several occasions in a 7-4 Twin City win that saw the Cyclones score the last five goals of the contest. Sam Bowles notched a goal in his second straight game with Michael George, Tim Green, and Lorne Misita chipping in with a goal apiece. Kevin Druce took the win in net for Twin City, stopping 31 of 35 shots, while Chad Rycroft took the loss for the Snakes with 24 saves on 30 shots. Power plays were the story of the game as Twin City was 3 for 13 with the man advantage and Columbus was 2 for 12.

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK

1. F Sam Bowles - Bowles scored three goals over the weekend, notching two on Friday and one Saturday.

2. F Tim Green - Green notched an assist on Friday and scored a goal and assist on Saturday.

3. G Ian Vigier - Vigier stopped 30 of 32 Knoxville shots and kept the Ice Bears' top line of Kevin Swider, Tim Vitek, and Mike Carter from notching a goal in Friday's win.

- After a loss in his first game of the season against Huntsville on October 24, Rycroft stood tall in stopping 29 of 30 shots in the winning effort against Twin City on Friday night.
 
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