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SPHL Announces First Team Selections

April 2, 2015 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) News Release

HUNTERSVILLE, NC - The Southern Professional Hockey League on Thursday announced its 2014-2015 All-SPHL First Team as selected in a vote of league coaches, general managers and media representatives.

F - Matt Gingera, Columbus Cottonmouths

F - Adam Pawlick, Pensacola Ice Flyers

F - Matt Whitehead, Mississippi RiverKings

D - Andrew Randazzo, Missisisppi RiverKings

D - Louis Belisle, Columbus Cottonmouths

G - Kyle Rank, Peoria Rivermen

Columbus' Matt Gingera led all SPHL players with 34 goals, 14 power-play goals and six game-winners (tied). Named to the All-SPHL Second Team last season, Gingera also finished third in scoring with 58 points.

Pensacola's Adam Pawlick led the SPHL with 66 points and 16 power-play assists, while his 32 goals and 231 shots on goal were second-most this season. Pawlick also finished fourth with 34 assists. T he inaugural recipient of the Kevin Swider Leading Scorer Award, Pawlick also had a nine-game goal-scoring streak (11 goals), the longest in the SPHL this season.

Mississippi's Matt Whitehead was third in the SPHL in assists (35) and plus/minus rating (+21) and fifth in points (56). Whitehead also had a 13-game point streak to finish the regular season (18 points), the longest in the SPHL this season.

Mississippi's Andrew Randazzo makes his second-consecutive appearance on the All-SPHL First Team. Randazzo led all defensemen with 38 points and 31 assists, while his +27 rating was tied with teammate Leo Thomas for best in the SPHL. Randazzo was also second among blue-liners with 11 power-play assists and 134 shots.

Columbus' Louis Belisle led all SPHL defensemen in goals (16), game-winning goals (two), and shots (165) and was second with 33 points. Belisle's two shorthanded goals also tied for second-most among all SPHL players this season while his +10 rating was fourth-best among all rookies.

Peoria's Kyle Rank also makes his second-consecutive appearance on the All-SPHL First Team. Rank went 27-12-2 with a 2.40 goals against average, .916 save percentage and two shutouts. His 27 wins is tied for second-most in a season in SPHL history.

The SPHL will announce its Defenseman of the Year on Friday.

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