By Kathy Gierer, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Photo by Mike Haskey)
With the absence of goaltender Frankie Ouellette, there won't be a singing goalie at the Columbus Cottonmouths annual Legends Weekend.
There probably won't be a fighting goalie, either.
Making his first appearance at the Columbus Civic Center since retiring after the 2010 season, feisty goaltender Chad Rycroft will be between the pipes for the Legends.
"I don't know about fighting," Rycroft said. "I never planned to fight before."
Rycroft hasn't played competitive hockey since he left Columbus.
"I've skated maybe 10 times," Rycroft said. "Also, I'm not bringing my gear, so I'll be playing with makeshift equipment."
The Cottonmouths legends will play Ft. Benning on Friday night. On Saturday night, Ft. Benning plays Ft. Bragg. Both contests are at 6.
The current Cottonmouths will host Fayetteville both nights at 7:30. The Snakes play at Pensacola tonight.
Rycroft was in goal when the Snakes captured their first Southern Professional Hockey League championship on April 1, 2005. The Cottonmouths swept playoff series with Knoxville and Macon, as well as a must-win contest on the road in Fayetteville to win the President's Cup. The 5-0 sweep and the 2012 team's 6-0 run are the only two playoff sweeps in the SPHL's eight-year history.