The goaltending battle between Jordan Ruby of the Macon Mayhem and Columbus Cottonmouths netminder Mavric Parks got even better last night in Game Two of their teams’ first-round series. After Game One was settled with Alex Kromm‘s second-period tally being the lone goal, fans went a long time before the next score would happen.

In Game Two, Ruby would gain the equalizer in what is turning out to be an epic duel between goaltenders. Collin MacDonald evened the series, forcing a deciding Game Three tonight at the Columbus Civic Center with his goal at the 14:59 mark of overtime. Parks, whose 52-save Game One shutout is a new SPHL record for most saves in a postseason shutout, had a playoff scoreless sequence of 134:59 – good for fourth all-time.

Longest postseason shutout sequences in SPHL history:

Kyle Rank – Peoria ’16 – 159:28
Bryan Hince – Knoxville ’13 – 147:27
Steve Christie – Pensacola ’12 – 143:52
Mavric Parks – Columbus ’17 – 134:59
Jordan Ruby – Macon ’17 – 114:38 — Current
Terry Denike – Florida ’06 – 111:26
Parker Van Buskirk – Fayetteville ’16 – 109:54
Bryan Hince – Knoxville ’14 – 106:11

The Peoria Rivermen began their quest in typical Rivermen style to return to the Presidents Cup Final with a convincing Game One win over the Knoxville. Rivs scored early and often last night, opening a resounding 3-1 lead before the first period ended. Justin Hoomaian had a pair of goals and Alec Hagaman with a goal and an assist as the Rivs peppered rookie netminder Greg Dodds – in only his second SPHL start – with 48 shots in a convincing win. The teams meet again in Knoxville on Friday night.

The Mississippi RiverKings and Huntsville Havoc opened their playoff series at the Landers Center tonight. After a scoreless first period, Scott Fellnermayr opened the scoring 1:52 into the middle frame and the Havoc never relinquished the lead. The Kings held the game close and dominated play for most of the first two periods, but were eventually unable to overtake an opportunistic Huntsville squad. The Havoc head home (to their practice rink) for the remainder of the series after a 4-2 victory.

Last night’s SPHL Playoffs Three Stars:
★ – Jordan Ruby (G – Macon Mayhem)
★★ – Mavric Parks (G – Columbus Cottonmouths)
★★★ – Alec Hagaman (F – Peoria Rivermen)

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