The SPHL President’s Cup Final is Set

The SPHL President’s Cup Final will feature the Peoria Rivermen taking on the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs in a best of five series.

The 2022 SPHL President’s Cup Final has two teams that not many expected to be there, as it features the number three seeded Peoria Rivermen and the number eight seeded Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs. The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) has announced the schedule for the series, and it is as follows:

#3 Peoria Rivermen vs. #8 Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
Game 1 – Thursday, April 28 at Peoria at 7:15 pm
Game 2 – Friday, April 29 at Peoria at 7:15 pm
Game 3 – Monday, May 2 at Roanoke at 7:05 pm
Game 4 – Tuesday, May 3 at Roanoke at 7:05 pm (if necessary)
Game 5 – Thursday, May 5 at Peoria at 7:15 pm (if necessary)

All President’s Cup Finals games can be seen on SPHL TV, powered by HockeyTV, and are included free with the SPHL Season Pass. Source: https://thesphl.com.

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To get to the President’s Cup Final, the Rivermen defeated the number six seeded Pensacola Ice Flyers two games to one in the opening round, and then the number five seeded Quad City Storm by two games to one margin as well. The Rivermen have five of the top six scorers in the SPHL Playoffs and are led by league MVP Alec Baer – who has five goals and three assists in six playoff games played so far. Jack Berry has played five games in goal for Peoria so far in the playoffs so far and has a record of 3-2 with a GAA of 2.14 and a save percentage of 0.931. Eric Levine has appeared in two playoff games in net for the Rivermen, and he has a record of 1-0 with a GAA of 4.04 and a save percentage of 0.885.

The Rail Yard Dawgs have been the “Cinderella story” of the SPHL Playoffs this season, as they have taken down the number one seed Knoxville Ice Bears in the first round two games to one, then swept the number two seeded Huntsville Havoc in the second round two games to none. Gehrett Sargis and Mac Jansen lead Roanoke in scoring with five points in five games each (Sargis has three goals and two assists while Jansen has two goals and three assists). The name of the Rail Yard Dawgs playoff game has been defense and goaltending, led by netminders Sammy Bernard and Austyn Roudebush. Bernard has a playoff record of 2-1 with a 1.80 GAA, and a save percentage of 0.932. Roudebush is carrying a playoff record of 2-0 to go with a 1.20 GAA, 0.964 save percentage, and one shutout.

My previous update on the SPHL Playoffs: An Update of the Southern Professional Hockey League.

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