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Snakes To Play Four Games In Five Nights To Close Regular Season

March 18, 2013 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) Columbus Cottonmouths

COLUMBUS, Ga. - The Columbus Cottonmouths dropped their only game last week, losing a 4-2 decision on the road in Knoxville against the Ice Bears. The Snakes return to action this week with four games in five nights, but against only two teams. The Cottonmouths head to Pensacola on Tuesday night and Augusta on Thursday before closing the regular season at home with a Friday game against the Ice Flyers and the regular season finale Saturday night against the RiverHawks. All games are broadcast on America One Networks with both a video and audio feed, with a nominal fee for each game. A free audio-only webcast of the games is also available. Details can be found at www.cottonmouths.com.

CURRENT RECORDS AND STATS

Last Week: 0-1-0

Record: 25-23-4, 54 pts (T-6th, SPHL)

136 GF, 127 GA

13.5% PP (7th, SPHL); 88.3% PK (2nd, SPHL)

LAST WEEK'S TRANSACTIONS

3/13 - F Corey Bellamy waived

3/16 - D Tom Fitzpatrick returned on loan from Ontario (ECHL)

3/16 - F Steve Wicklum signed to three-game tryout

SPHL STANDINGS

TEAM GP W L OTL PTS GF GA PIM HOME ROAD L-TEN STREAK MAX HI LO

xLouisiana 54 34 15 5 73 171 157 1075 21-5-2 13-10-3 6-3-1 0-2-0 77 1 3

xFayetteville 53 32 18 3 67 177 149 753 18-6-3 14-12-0 6-4-0 1-0-0 73 1 4

xPensacola 52 31 16 5 67 159 139 1017 15-7-4 16-9-1 6-3-1 1-0-0 75 1 4

xKnoxville 53 31 19 3 65 170 150 1006 15-11-1 16-8-2 8-2-0 1-0-0 71 2 4

xMississippi R'Kings 55 24 23 8 56 163 179 938 14-9-4 10-14-4 6-2-2 6-0-0 58 5 7

xColumbus 52 25 23 4 54 138 131 1063 15-7-4 10-16-0 2-7-1 0-1-0 62 5 7

xMississippi Surge 54 23 23 8 54 143 154 1149 12-9-5 11-14-3 4-4-2 0-3-2 58 5 7

Huntsville 53 20 27 6 46 128 168 1337 15-9-2 5-18-4 4-6-0 0-1-0 52 8 9

Augusta 52 19 28 5 43 145 167 1136 9-13-4 10-15-1 4-4-2 1-0-0 51 8 9

x - clinched playoff berth; MAX - maximum points possible; HI - highest seed possible; LO - lowest seed possible

UPCOMING GAMES AND PROMOTIONS

Tuesday, March 19 - Columbus at Pensacola, 7:05 PM EDT (Season Series vs. PEN: 3-4-1)

The Snakes head to "The Hangar" on Tuesday evening to face the Pensacola Ice Flyers at the Pensacola Bay Center. The Ice Flyers, like the Snakes, have four games remaining on their schedule. After Tuesday, they head to Columbus on Friday night and Biloxi on Saturday night to face the Mississippi Surge before hosting the Louisiana IceGators on Sunday in a game that could possibly determine the league's regular season champion.

Thursday, March 21 - Columbus at Augusta, 7:35 PM EDT (Season Series vs. AUG: 3-3-1)

The Snakes head to the Augusta Ice Sports Center on Thursday night to face the intrastate rival RiverHawks. A problem with the ice-making equipment at the James Brown Arena in Augusta has forced the `Hawks to use the Ice Sports Center as their home ice for the remainder of the season. The `Hawks currently find themselves in a fight with Huntsville for the eighth and final playoff spot in the SPHL as they are currently three points behind Huntsville but have a game in hand on the Havoc.

Friday, March 22 - Pensacola at Columbus, 7:30 PM EDT

The Ice Flyers head to the Snake Pit for the next-to-last game of the regular season for the Cottonmouths on Friday night.

PROMOTIONS: Free Stuff Friday - free t-shirts honoring the career of the Snakes' Orrin Hergott will be given to the first 1,000 fans through the gates.

Saturday, March 23 - Augusta at Columbus, 7:30 PM EDT

The Snakes close out the regular season against the RiverHawks on Saturday night in a game that could prove vital for playoff positioning for Columbus and the chance to get into the playoffs for Augusta.

PROMOTIONS: FanFest begins at 3 PM at the Civic Center, with the Journey tribute band "Departure" scheduled to play at 5 PM. The Cottonmouths will also honor Orrin Hergott's career before the game with a pregame ceremony and jersey retirement.

COTTONMOUTHS WEEK IN REVIEW

Saturday, March 16 - Columbus 2 at Knoxville 4 (Attendance: 3,517)

John Sullivan scored a pair of goals on Saturday night but it wasn't enough as the Ice Bears doubled up Columbus 4-2. Jordan Braid and Matt Gingera also had two-point nights as they assisted on both Sullivan goals. Andrew Loewen had 26 saves on 30 shots in the losing effort for the Snakes as Knoxville's Bryan Hince stopped 27 of 29 shots on goal. The Snakes were 1 for 6 on the power play while the Ice Bears were 0 for 4 on the man advantage.

THREE STARS OF THE WEEK

1. F John Sullivan - Sullivan scored both goals for the Snakes on Saturday.

2. F Jordan Braid - Braid had two assists on Saturday night in Knoxville.

3. F Matt Gingera - Gingera had two assists as well in Saturday's road game against the Ice Bears.

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