MIRAMAR BEACH, FL — After a trio of spectacular days out on the beach, the rain is coming down, and there’s zero sun & sand time in the forecast for a couple of days.

Since this means shark fishing with John McLean is out of the question, let’s talk a little hockey and stuff.

You heard this right; the 6-foot-9 Pensacola Ice Flyers goalie stops more than pucks… he stops SHARKS.

When I return to Miramar for next year’s vacay, this has to happen.

Maybe… just maybe… there’s a shark out there. Meanwhile, Chaos takes flight in Gulf Shores.

You’re up, Rukus.

Did I mention the weather sucks today? It’s gone full Sharknado right outside the condo. Time to get inside and report the news before something bad happens.

Speaking of Sharknado, check out the Birmingham Bulls’ shark-tacular uniforms for their December 15th game against the Mississippi RiverKings.

This Week’s Top Five News Stories

5. The Pensacola Ice Flyers finally announce a signing.

Josh Cousineau, the man who never has to pay for a meal in Pensacola, re-signs with the Ice Flyers for his fourth pro season. Last season, the two-time Cup winner from (Yo) Adrian College put up 24 points and scored 11 goals for the second year in a row.

4. The Peoria Rivermen get bigger with Ben, better with Bacon.

Local landmark Ben Oskroba, known as the third-tallest building in Peoria, returns for a fifth season with the Rivs. Peoria’s defensive anchor was a plus-4 for last season and contributed 11 points (1G/10A). Oskroba quickly became the fourth-tallest building with the signing of 6’6″ netminder (and Mercyhurst icon) Spencer Bacon. Bacon was a mid-season replacement in Columbus last season, going 6-10-1 with a shutout and a 3.45 GAA/.910 SV%.

Sidebar: 2015-16 Cottonmouths goalies, sorted by games played. Can’t fault the Snakes for their consistency.
1. Brandon Jaeger – 18 GP – 3.44 GAA
2. Spencer Bacon – 18 GP – 3.45 GAA
3. Mavric Parks – 12 GP – 3.44 GAA

3. Nolan Kaiser Returns to the Huntsville Havoc for a third season.

The Bird had a heck of a season in 16-17. Kaiser had seven goals, 28 assists, and a plus-13 rating to go along with All-SPHL First Team and Sin Bin SPHL All-Star honors.

2. Nashville’s Mike Fisher announces his retirement after 17 seasons.

Seventeen seasons, 1,088 games, 585 points, two trips to the Stanley Cup Final, and one Carrie Underwood. Congrats on a heck of a career, Fisher.

1. The Fayetteville Marksmen secure a five-year lease extension with the Crown Center.

There’s no better news than to hear of a franchise’s long-term stability. The Marksmen and the Crown Coliseum (Colisée Couronne for you Quebec folks) inked a five-year lease with an option for five additional years. Look for the Marksmen’s arena to get video board and other swanky upgrades in the near future.

Riding out into the sunset… until next week!

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