It doesn’t happen often, but the Southern Professional Hockey League had a busy Tuesday, with a pair of games played yesterday. Tonight, Pensacola hosts the RiverKings in the SPHL’s version of Wednesday Night Rivalry. Finally, we unveil a new weekly feature where we pay homage to the week’s best moments.

Speaking of homage, we at The Sin Bin would like to take a minute to honor all who have served their country for Veterans Day. You have our heartfelt gratitude for your service and sacrifice.

The Sin Bin’s Snipe of the Week

Today, we showcase our favorite goals of the week in our newest feature – The Sin Bin’s Three Snipes of the Week. This shall take its regular place next week in our weekly recap, however, here’s a preview.

In Friday night’s game between the Mississippi RiverKings and the Macon Mayhem, Kings center Leo Thomas scored the second hat trick of the SPHL season. His first goal was a beauty. The SPHL’s oldest player blew past three defenders, then beats Mayhem goalie Garrett Bartus at 5:47 of the first period. Check out this great individual effort.

Macon Mayhem 3, Columbus Cottonmouths 2 (OT)

The Cottonmouths (0-3-3) were again denied their first win of the season in an early morning game against the Macon Mayhem (2-2-2) at the Columbus Civic Center. The Snakes jumped out to a 2-1 lead in the first period, but Mayhem defenseman Mike Montrose scored an equalizer in the second. Montrose’s tally held until overtime, until Macon forward Alex Labonte jumped in front of a drop pass in his defensive zone and took it to the house.

Huntsville Havoc 4, Knoxville Ice Bears 0

Fans in Huntsville had a long wait until their first home game of the season, and the Havoc (3-3-0) did not disappoint. The Knoxville Ice Bears found themselves in an early 2-0 hole in the first period, and the Havoc cruised to a 4-0 victory. The Havoc, already playing without suspended defenseman Zach Josepher, may find an additional pair of players facing disciplinary action. Forward Brett Lutes received a minor penalty in the first period for a check to the head, and rookie defenseman Chris Joseph was ejected in the third period for a major elbowing infraction. Given the league’s new stance on player safety and suspending players for potentially dangerous hits, Joseph is almost assured of a one-game suspension and Lutes may face the same fate.

Tonight’s Game: Mississippi RiverKings (5-1-0) at Pensacola Ice Flyers (3-2-0) – 6:35 pm CT

  • First meeting between the teams this season. Pensacola won last year’s series, 5-4-1.
  • The RiverKings are tied for the most goals scored this season with 19.
  • Mississippi’s Ryan Marcuz is leading the SPHL in scoring with seven points (3G, 4A)
  • The Ice Flyers’ Jeremy Gates has the most goals scored by a defenseman with three.
  • Mississippi has the league’s top penalty killing unit, allowing only one power play goal in 26 chances.

Finally, a nice moment that deserves mentioning. After the hard-fought weekend series between the Huntsville Havoc and Fayetteville FireAntz, Havoc goalie Jordan Ruby and FireAntz forward Zac Frischmon met between the benches and shared a post-game prayer. Stick taps to the both of you.

Photo by FireAntz fan Ming Jones.

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