An Update of the Southern Professional Hockey League

The regular season for the Southern Professional Hockey League is over and the playoffs have begun. Where does the pursuit for the President’s Cup stand?

The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) concluded its regular season on April 10th and has begun its 2022 playoffs. The winner of the eight-team postseason tournament will skate away with the President’s Cup as the champion of the league. The first round of the playoffs featured four best of three games series with the following results:

  • The #8 seed Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs upset the #1 seed Knoxville Ice Bears two games to one.
  • The #2 seed Huntsville Havoc defeated the #7 seed Evansville Thunderbolts two games to none.
  • The #3 seed Perioa Rivermen edged the #6 seed and defending President’s Cup Champion Pensacola Ice Flyers two games to one. Current Utica Comets Vice President Adam Pawlick played three seasons for the Ice Flyers from 2013-14 through 2015-16, winning tow Presidents Cups with the team and was the leading scorer in the SPHL for the 2014-15 season.
  • The #5 seed Quad City Storm defeated the #4 seed Fayetteville Marksmen two games to one.

The second round of the SPHL Playoffs begins on Wednesday, April 20th, and features two best of three games series. The Peoria Rivermen will face the Quad City Storm in one semifinal matchup, while in the other one, the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs will look to continue their Cinderella run against the Huntsville Havoc. The winners of these two series will square off in another best of three games series for the right to lay claim to the President’s Cup for the 2022 season.

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Roy Chambers, the PA Announcer for the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs, joins Marty’s Illegal Stick Hockey Podcast to discuss the Rail Yard Dawgs, the Southern Professional Hockey League Playoffs, the progress of the league, the passionate fans of the SPHL, and much more!

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