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Weidlich, Zaniboni, Richard, Zultek Named All-SPHL

March 26, 2010 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Mississippi Surge News Release

BILOXI, MS -- The Southern Professional Hockey League announced on Friday that Mississippi Surge defenseman Steve Weidlich and goaltender Bill Zaniboni were named to the All-SPHL First Team and that forwards Matt Zultek and Mike Richard were named to the All-SPHL Second Team.

Steve Weidlich of the Mississippi Surge leads all defensemen with 42 points, 36 assists and 26 power-play assists. In seven seasons with the Laredo Bucks, won two Central Hockey League championships (2004, 2006), five consecutive division titles (2004-08), made four appearances in the Ray Miron President's Cup finals (2005-08) and advanced to the second round of the playoffs seven times.

Bill Zaniboni of the Mississippi Surge currently leads SPHL goaltenders with 22 wins (tied-1st) and three shutouts, while his 2.55 goals-against average and.919 save percentage is second best in the league. Since January 21, Zaniboni is 16-3-1 with a 2.22 goals-against average.

Matt Zultek of the Mississippi Surge leads the SPHL with 30 power-play goals and 290 shots on goal, while his 45 goals ranks second and his six game-winning goals are tied for third-best in the league. Zultek's 30 goals with the man-advantage are a new SPHL record, breaking the previous mark of 25 set by Columbus' Ryan Rutz in the 2006-07 season.

Michael Richard of the Mississippi Surge is tied for the league lead with a +19 rating. Richard's 50 assists, 24 power-play assists and seven game-winning goals are all second-most in the SPHL. The 2008-09 Rookie of the Year currently ranks fourth in scoring with 74 points.

The Surge are back home tomorrow against the Louisiana Ice Gators! All tickets for the game are just $5, and can be purchased by calling (228) 287-PUCK. Fans are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items to the games to benefit The Back Bay Mission of Biloxi. Every fan who brings a non-perishable food item will be entered to win a team autographed Surge jersey!

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