SPHL Southern Professional Hockey League


All-SPHL Second Team Announced

on Mar 28, 2013

HUNTERSVILLE, NC – The Southern Professional Hockey League on Thursday announced its 2012-2013 All-SPHL Second Team as selected in a vote of SPHL coaches, general managers and media representatives.


2012-2013 All-SPHL Second Team

F - Matt Whitehead, Mississippi RiverKings

F - Matt Gingera, Columbus Cottonmouths

F - Eric Satim, Knoxville Ice Bears

D - Kirk Byczynski, Louisiana IceGators

D - Bret Tyler, Columbus Cottonmouths

G - Andrew Loewen, Columbus Cottonmouths


Matt Whitehead of the Mississippi RiverKings finished third in scoring with 56 points (tied) and power-play goals with eight, while his 23 goals were fifth-best.  He tied for the league-lead with three shorthanded assists and had a 15-game point streak (8g, 17a), longest in the SPHL this season.


Matt Gingera of the Columbus Cottonmouths led all rookies in points (50), while his 28 goals and nine game-winning goals were both second-most among all SPHL players.


Eric Satim of the Knoxville Ice Bears was second in the SPHL with a +24 rating, finished third in scoring with 56 points (tied) and fifth in assists with 36 (tied).  He also tied for the league-high for assists in a game with four (vs. Augusta on January 18).


Kirk Byczynski of the Louisiana IceGators tied for the league-lead in goals by a defensemen (12) and led all blueliners with seven power-play goals and 13 power-play assists.  His 34 points was third-best among defensemen.


Bret Tyler of the Columbus Cottonmouths was third in assists (27) and fifth in points by a defenseman (29).  His 12 power-play assists also tied him for second-most among SPHL blueliners.


Andrew Loewen of the Columbus Cottonmouths set new SPHL single-season records with a 1.74 goals against average and .945 save percentage, shattering the previous marks of 2.42 and .926 held by Fayetteville’s Mike Spillane (2010-11).  His 19 wins were also tied for third-best.

The All-SPHL First Team will be announced later today.