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Keller's Two Goals Not Enough As Seals Lose

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Justin Keller is the hottest goal scorer in the SPHL of late.

Tonight, the Florida Seals could have used many more of him on the ice.

Despite yet another two goal performance by Keller, the Seals gave up five unanswered scores as the host Columbus Cottonmouths defeated Florida 6-3 at the Columbus Civic Center.

Coming off a big victory and earning six out of a possible eight points last week, the visiting Seals jumped on the Cottonmouths early. Keller picked up his first of the night and 20th goal of the season just 1:33 in as he beat Columbus net minder Ryan Senft for an unassisted score. Midway through the period, Craig Miller set up Keller for his 21st and a 2-0 Seals lead that they took into the intermission. Florida had all the momentum, out shooting their hosts and playing about as good a period as could be played.

After allowing just three shots on goalie Matt Balser in the opening period, Florida's surrendered a goal to Mark Prentice 39 seconds into the middle stanza, cutting the lead to 2-1. Buoyed by getting on the board, Columbus continued to press the Seals' defense and eventually tied the game at the 14:36 mark on a power play goal by Craig Stahl. The score stayed that way through the rest of the period as Balser and Senft kept the offenses at bay.

Columbus had clearly wrested the momentum from the visitors and used it early in the third. Ryan Rutz put the Cottonmouths in front to stay 1:24 in, with the assist going to Tim Green. Just under four minutes later, Green and Rutz combined to set up Lorne Misita who beat Balser to make it 4-2. Connor MacDonald completed the five goal string for Columbus with a goal at 13:06 that extended the margin to 5-2.

The Seals didn't go quietly. Kahlil Thomas set up captain Steve Zoryk for a tally at 15:32 to bring Florida a bit closer at 5-3. The Seals had an extended two man advantage late in the contest and when they pulled Balser, it gave Florida a huge 6-on-3 chance. The Cottonmouths' defense held tough, blocking several shots before Stahl secured the outcome with an empty net goal in the final minute.

The Seals return to Central Florida tonight before continuing their week-long, three game road trip Friday night in Florence, South Carolina against the Pee Dee Cyclones. Game time at the Florence Civic Center is set for 7:10 p.m.
 

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PrairieThunder New Year's Eve Game Time Changed

Bloomington PrairieThunder officials announced today that the start time for Sunday's New Year's Eve contest against the Rockford Icehogs has been changed to 4:05 p.m.

The original start time for the PrairieThunder game was 6:05 p.m., but PrairieThunder officials decided to make the change to accommodate Chicago Bears' fans. The NFL announced recently that the Bears game with Green Bay on Sunday will start at 7:15 p.m.

The change in time should allow Bears and Packers fans to attend the PrairieThunder game, then watch the football game. Fans are welcome to watch the football game in the Corn Palace Restaurant.

PrairieThunder officials also announced that the U.S. Cellular Coliseum ticket office will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 30.

Tickets for all PrairieThunder hockey fans can be purchased at the ticket office or by going on-line at uscellularcoliseum.com.
 

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Renegades coach Brophy suspended one game

The Richmond Renegades announced late today that Head Coach John Brophy has been suspended by the SPHL for one game which will be served on Wednesday, December 27th when the Renegades host the Fayetteville FireAntz at the Richmond Coliseum. The suspension comes as a result of Brophy receiving a Game Misconduct and a Gross Misconduct during last Saturday's game in Fayetteville which the Renegades won 5-4 in a shootout. Brophy had previously received a Game Misconduct during a November game against the Florida Seals.

"Although I disagree with both of the misconducts given to John on Saturday night we need to put it all behind us and focus on the upcoming game," stated Allan B. Harvie, Jr., team President and GM. "I received the same misconducts as John and we are puzzled as to the reasons. However, the league has made their ruling and we will respect and abide by it. I have asked for the game tape to be reviewed and they have agreed to do so although it will not change any"

Harvie, who replaced Brophy behind the bench for a brief period Saturday following Brophy's exit, will be behind the bench Wednesday night. Harvie also received a Game Misconduct and a Gross Misconduct after he questioned a non-goal call by the referee during the shootout in Fayetteville. Harvie did not receive any additional disciplinary action after his conversation with the SPHL Director of Hockey Operations, Bill Coffey, who handles all league matters during the season.

The Renegades play Fayetteville on Wednesday night which is another 2-3-4 or More Night plus a Skate with the Players Night following the game. They will be at home Friday for Penn Station East Coast Subs team Poster Night and against Columbus on Saturday for American Family Sports Bottle night against league leading Huntsville.

For more information call (804) 644-PUCK or go to our website at Richmond Renegades.
 

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Ice Bears get back at Cyclones

After Pee Dee defeated Knoxville on December 16th, the Ice Bears have been awaiting their chance for revenge. Tonight, Knoxville was handed their chance.

The first stanza saw goals from both sides; Bob Rangus got on the boards first for Knoxville and Drew Madeiros soon followed for the Cyclones, putting the score 1-1 at the end of the first.

Pee Dee managed to get two more goals in the second period from Brian Boike and Marcus Reszka, putting them on top 3-2 at the second intermission.

However, Knoxville owned the final period, putting in three goals to Pee Dee's zero. Despite going 2 for 9 on the powerplay, the Cyclones were not able to muster a comeback, leaving the final score: Cyclones 3, Ice Bears 5.

Cyclones' with goals: Madeiros, Boike, Reszka Cyclones' with assists: Rollins, Reszka, Sirois, Welch, Frank, Hickman

The Cyclones will be back in action Wednesday night at the Von Braun Center to take on the first-placed Huntsville Havoc. Game time is set for 7:30CST. Fans can keep up with the action on Pointstreak.com - Pointstreak.com - Real-time Scoring and League Management System or Penn Atlantic.
 

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Cyclones Announce New Assistant GM

The Pee Dee Cyclones welcome Matt Hatch to their Front Office. Hatch, a native of Pennsylvania, has worked in the sports industry for the past six years. He will join the Cyclones as the new Assistant General Manager. Hatch has worked with the Memphis RiverKings of the Central Hockey League (CHL) for the past four years where he was involved with corporate sales and development, facility liaisons, and countless other responsibilities. This will not be Hatch's first visit to South Carolina, as he once worked with the Myrtle Beach Pelicans baseball team.

"We felt that we needed someone with a deep background in sales in our Front Office. Matt has had great success with Memphis and we are looking forward to having him join our Team," commented Mark Richards, General Manager and Head Coach of the Cyclones.

Hatch received his Bachelor of Arts in Human Resources Management from Pennsylvania State University. Hatch's first day with the Cyclones will be January 2, 2006.

Cyclones' Ticket Notes:

Season tickets and Flex Plans are still available. Call the Cyclones' office at 843-432-1234 for additional information or come by the Cyclones' office located in the lower level of the Florence Civic Center.
 

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Week Nine in Review

The Huntsville Havoc split a pair of games over the weekend falling 3-2 to the Columbus Cottonmouths on Friday before rebounding with a 3-2 win over the Jacksonville Barracudas on Saturday.

Friday, December 22 - Columbus 3, Huntsville 2

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Matt Carmichael misplayed a clearing shot by Craig Stahl with 17:06 left in the third period allowing the winning goal as the Columbus Cottonmouths slipped by the Huntsville Havoc 3-2 Friday night.

The Cottonmouths jumped out to a 2-0 lead on first period goals by Orrin Hergott and Tim Green.

The Havoc cut the lead to 2-1 on a powerplay goal by Bill Monkman before tying it with 9:11 left in the second on a James Patterson goal.

Chad Rycroft made 44 saves for the Cottonmouths as the Havoc out shot Columbus 46-27.

Saturday, December 23 - Jacksonville 2, Huntsville 3

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Tristan Senior scored two goals as the Huntsville Havoc got back on the winning track with a 3-2 win over the Jacksonville Barracudas Saturday night.

The game was scoreless through the first period before Senior scored his first goal just :17 into the second period.

The Havoc extended the lead to 2-0 when Mike O'Sullivan scored with 16:27 left in the third.

Jacksonville cut the lead to 2-1 when Tyrone Garner scored with 7:54 left. Senior scored a powerplay goal with 6:29 left to give the Havoc a two goal cushion that they would need as Ryan Crowther scored with :16 left to cut the lead to 3-2.

Matt Carmichael made 29 saves in the win while Ryan Person made 32 in the loss. Huntsville scores on one of six powerplays and killed off all six Jacksonville chances.

Three Stars of the Week

#1 - Mike O'Sullivan, RW - 1 goal, 3 assists

#2 - James Patterson, LW - 1 goal, 2 assists

#3 - Tristan Senior, C - 2 goals

Games this Week

Thursday, December 28 - Pee Dee Cyclones - 7:30

Friday, December 29 - at Knoxville Ice Bears - 6:30

Saturday, December 30 - at Richmond Renegades - 6:35

Promotions this Week

Thursday, December 28 vs Pee Dee Cyclones- Bill Penney Toyota/Mitsubishi Presents "Hockey Night in Huntsville" as fans can enjoy $2.00 beers and $1.00 hotdogs and sodas.

Apperances this Week

Wednesday, December 27, 11:45 am - The Havoc will make an appearance on WAAY-TV during the news with Christy Douglas.

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