Locals Help Pensacola to SPHL Title

By KBJR News 1

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 15, 2014 at 9:49 AM CDT

Pensacola, FL (NNCNOW.com) --- Duluth, Minn. native Keegan Flaherty and Hayward, Wis. native Josh Turnbull helped the Pensacola Ice Flyers win a second-straight Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) championship this past weekend, beating Columbus 5-1 on Saturday in the decisive game.

Neither player registered a point in the decisive game, but Flaherty, a former University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) standout, did have an assist in the first game of the best-of-three series.

Flaherty, who played his high school hockey at Duluth East, finished the regular season with eight goals and nine assists for 17 total points with Pensacola.

Turnbull, who played in high school at Hayward and collegiately at Wisconsin, didn't register a point in the championship series but did close out the regular season third on the team with 19 goals and 30 assists for 49 total points.

Former UMD defenseman Rod Aldoff was also involved as the title year as he is in his first year as head coach of Pensacola. He joined that team this past fall after spending the past three seasons as head coach of Wisconsin/Minnesota Wilderness, then of the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL).

This marks the second-straight SPHL title for the Ice Flyers, with former St. Scholastica standout Jordan Chong having played on that 2012-13 championship team.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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