Columbus Cottonmouths' 2013-14 schedule released

Special to the Ledger-EnquirerAugust 6, 2013 

For the first time in their 10-year Southern Professional Hockey League tenure, the Columbus Cottonmouths will open the season on the road.

The last two SPHL champions will drop the first puck in Pensacola on Friday, Oct. 25. The defending champion Ice Flyers will face the 2011-2012 champion Snakes at 8:05 p.m.

The Snakes open at home on the following night, Saturday, Oct. 26, against the Knoxville Ice Bears. Game time is 7:30.

The Cottonmouths won't have to wait long to face one of the league's two new teams. They travel to Bloomington, Ill., on the third weekend of the season, Nov. 8-9, to face the Thunder. The Snakes don't square off against Peoria until Dec. 26-27 when the Rivermen come to the Snake Pit.

After opening in Pensacola, the Snakes have three straight games at home against their long-standing SPHL rivals. Knoxville comes to town on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2 while the Havoc square off against the Snakes on Nov. 1.

The SPHL's four cornerstone teams are Columbus, Fayetteville, Huntsville and Knoxville. This season the Snakes travel to Fayetteville for six games, to Huntsville for five and to Knoxville four.

The Cottonmouths play a total of 56 games, 28 at home and 28 on the road. Of the 28 home games, 21 come on Friday or Saturday. There are also five Sunday games and two on Thursday.

The Cottonmouths play on Thanksgiving night in Huntsville. It is only the second Thanksgiving road contest in 10 seasons, both in Huntsville. The Snakes have not played the past two Thanksgivings.

They do not play on Christmas or New Year's Day this season.

Training camp opens on Oct. 13

2013-14 Columbus Cottonmouths Schedule

ALL TIMES EASTERN

Oct. 25 -- at Pensacola, 8:05 p.m.

Oct. 26 -- Knoxville, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 1 -- Huntsville, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 2 -- Knoxville, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 8 -- at Bloomington, 8:05 p.m.

Nov. 9 -- at Bloomington, 8:05 p.m.

Nov. 16 -- at Knoxville, 7:35 p.m.

Nov. 17 -- Huntsville, 4:00 p.m.

Nov. 22 -- Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 23 -- at Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 26 -- at MSRK, 11:35 a.m.

Nov. 28 -- at Huntsville, 8:30 p.m.

Nov. 29 -- MSRK, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 30 -- at Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 6 -- Knoxville, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7 -- at Knoxville, 7:35 p.m.

Dec. 12 -- at Louisiana, 8:05 p.m.

Dec. 13 -- at MSRK, 8:05 p.m.

Dec. 14 -- at Huntsville, 3:00 p.m.

Dec. 20 -- at MSS, 8:05 p.m.

Dec. 21 -- MSS, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 22 -- Louisiana, 4:00 p.m.

Dec.26 -- Peoria, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 27 -- Peoria, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 28 -- at Knoxville, 7:35 p.m.

Jan. 3 -- Bloomington, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 4 -- Bloomington, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 10 -- at Knoxville, 7:35 p.m.

Jan. 11 -- at Huntsville, 8:30 p.m.

Jan.17 -- at Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18 -- Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 21 -- at Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m.

Jan, 24 -- at Huntsville, 8:30 p.m.

Jan. 25 -- Louisiana, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 26 -- Pensacola, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 31 -- Huntsville, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 1 -- at MSRK, 8:05 p.m.

Feb. 7 -- at Peoria, 8:15 p.m.

Feb. 8 -- at Peoria, 8:15 p.m.

Feb. 14 -- Knoxville, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 -- Louisiana, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 16 -- at Pensacola, 4:00 p.m.

Feb. 18 -- at Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 21 -- Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 -- at Fayetteville, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 23 -- MSRK, 4 :00 p.m.

Feb. 27 -- at MSS, 8:05 p.m.

Feb. 28 -- MSS, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 1 -- MSRK, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 7 -- Bloomington, 7:30 p.m

Mar. 8 -- Bloomington, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 13 -- MSRK, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 14 -- Knoxville 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 16 -- Louisiana 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 21 -- at MSS, 8:05 p.m.

Mar. 22 -- at Huntsville, 8:30 p.m.

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