HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 15, 2020) – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Wednesday announced that Eric Levine of the Peoria Rivermen has been selected as the SPHL Goaltender of the Year in a vote of league coaches, broadcasters and media representatives.
Huntsville’s Max Milosek finished second in the voting.
In backstopping the Rivermen to a 33-8-5 record and a share of first place at the season’s premature end, Levine led SPHL goaltenders in wins (22 – tied), goals against average (2.07), save percentage (0.928), shutouts (4 – tied) and shootout wins (3). A native of Wheeling, IL, Levine also ranked second in minutes (1827:08) and third in saves (810).
Previous SPHL Goaltender of the Year Winners
2018-19 Mavric Parks, Birmingham Bulls
2017-18 Brad Barone, Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
2016-17 Sean Bonar, Fayetteville FireAntz
2015-16 Garrett Bartus, Macon Mayhem
2014-15 Kyle Rank, Peoria Rivermen
2013-14 Kyle Rank, Peoria Rivermen
2012-13 Riley Gill, Louisiana IceGators
2011-12 Ian Vigier, Columbus Cottonmouths
2010-11 Mark Sibbald, Huntsville Havoc
2009-10 Bill Zaniboni, Mississippi Surge
2008-09 Andrew Gallant, Knoxville Ice Bears
2007-08 Tim Haun, Jacksonville Barracudas
2006-07 Chad Rycroft, Columbus Cottonmouths
2005-06 Terry Denike, Florida Seals
2004-05 Chad Collins, Fayetteville FireAntz
The SPHL will announce its Coach of the Year on Thursday.HUNTERSVILLE, NC (April 10, 2020) – The Southern Professional Hockey League on Friday announced its All-SPHL First and Second Teams as selected by a vote of SPHL coaches, broadcasters and media representatives.
2019-2020 All-SPHL First Team
F – Austin Plevy, Evansville Thunderbolts
F – Brian Bowen, Fayetteville Marksmen
F – Alec Hagaman, Peoria Rivermen
D – Nick Neville, Peoria Rivermen
D – Matt Fuller, Birmingham Bulls
G – Eric Levine, Peoria Rivermen
Austin Plevy of the Evansville Thunderbolts led the SPHL in scoring, finishing the abbreviated season with 65 points in 45 games. Plevy also ranked first in assists (48) and power play assists (21), led all rookies with 17 goals and had two of the top five scoring streaks, including a league-best 17-game run.
Brian Bowen of the Fayetteville Marksmen led the SPHL with 30 goals in 46 games, while finishing second in the scoring race with 58 points. Bowen also ranked second in game-winning goals (five), plus-minus (+27) and shots on goal (199).
Alec Hagaman of the Peoria Rivermen ranked second in the SPHL with 23 goals, third in penalty minutes (114) and fourth in points (52) and plus-minus rating (+24). Hagaman also recorded an eight-game goal-scoring streak, second longest in the SPHL this season.
Nick Neville of the Peoria Rivermen led all defensemen in points (35), assists (29) and power play assists (13) while ranking second among blueliners with a +21 rating. Neville’s 13 assists with the man advantage were also tied for second-most among all SPHL players.
Matt Fuller of the Birmingham Bulls topped defensemen with five power play tallies while ranking second with 11 goals and 109 shots on goal. Fuller’s 24 points from the blue line were also third-most by a defenseman.
Eric Levine of the Peoria Rivermen led SPHL goaltenders in wins (22-tied), goals against average (2.07), save percentage (0.928), shutouts (4-tied) and shootout wins (3). Levine also ranked second in minutes (1827:08) and third in saves (810).
2019-2020 All-SPHL Second Team
F – Max Cook, Fayetteville Marksmen
F – Scott Cuthrell, Knoxville Ice Bears
F – Garrett Milan, Pensacola Ice Flyers
D – Travis Armstrong, Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs
D – Gehrett Sargis, Knoxville Ice Bears (tie)
D – Saverio Posa, Huntsville Havoc (tie)
G – Max Milosek, Huntsville Havoc
Max Cook of the Fayetteville Marksmen finished the season with 38 assists, second-best in the SPHL, and 53 points, which ranked third. Cook’s 11 power play assists also tied him for the team lead.
Scott Cuthrell of the Knoxville Ice Bears tied for second in the SPHL in power play assists (13), was third in assists (32) and fifth in points (50). Cuthrell also had an 11-game assist streak, the league’s longest this season.
Garrett Milan of the Pensacola Ice Flyers registered 17 goals and 23 assists in 38 games, one of seven players to average more than a point a game for the season. Milan also ranked fifth in shots on goal (179).
Travis Armstrong of the Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs ranked fifth among SPHL defensemen with 22 points while his 106 penalty minutes were third-most among blueliners.
Gehrett Sargis of the Knoxville Ice Bears set a new SPHL record for goals by a defenseman with 20. Sargis also ranked second among blueliners in points (32) and game-winning goals (three) and was fourth in shots on goal (107).
Saverio Posa of the Huntsville Havoc ranked seventh in the SPHL in blue line scoring with 20 points. Posa’s +6 rating was also fifth-best among all Havoc players.
Max Milosek of the Huntsville Havoc tied for the league-lead in wins (22) and shutouts (four) and was first overall in minutes (1960:40). Milosek also ranked second in goals against average (2.26) and saves (838) while his 0.919 save percentage was fourth-best in the SPHL.
The league will announce its Defenseman of the Year on Monday.