Dennis Sievers/Peoria Rivermen
HUNTERSVILLE, NC – The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) on Tuesday announced that Kyle Rank of the Peoria Rivermen has been selected as the Sher-Wood Goaltender of the Year in a vote of league coaches, general managers and media representatives.
Ross MacKinnon of the Pensacola Ice Flyers finished second in the voting.
Rank, who was acquired in a trade with Fayetteville on December 18, set a new SPHL single-season record with eight shutouts (seven with Peoria), while his 1.89 goals against average and .938 save percentage were both the second-best marks in league history. Rank went 19-8-3 for the season, posting the third-most wins among goaltenders.
SPHL Goaltender of the Year Award Winners
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 Wednesday.
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