But add in a few ingredients like the SPHL’s longest winning streak and the first ever 80-point regular season, and now your cape is flapping in the breeze.
In the end, it was a rematch of 2012 when the Cottonmouths topped Pensacola for the title in two straight contests that saw the Ice Flyers bowing down on their home ice after a 2 point loss. This time Pensacola returned the favor with a punishing 9 – 1 first game victory, then sent two bus loads of supporters to Saturday night’s 5 – 1 pounding that left Columbus fans with plenty of opportunity to beat the traffic home. The goals in game one alone against the Cottonmouth’s Olympian Shannon Szabados and Andrew Loewen (whose “Wobble” video is a YouTube sensation) equalled all that Pensacola’s Ross MacKinnon allowed in the entire playoffs.
Pensacola simply played the last half of the season at a level the SPHL has never seen.
“I feel euphoric!” Podge Turnbull said. “The way the team has played all year is just the icing on the cake of a great career. I couldn’t be more blessed to have been a part of something this special. I’m so thankful I was able to contribute and finish strong! My family was with me tonight. They are the team that started it all; to have them there with me at the finish is beyond any words I could say!”
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