Columbus Cottonmouths re-sign Matt Gingera for upcoming season


ROBIN TRIMARCHI Cottonmouth forward Matt Gingera moves for the puck against the Knoxville Ice Bears at the Columbus Civic Center. 01.08.13


The Columbus Cottonmouths re-signed forward Matt Gingera, the team announced Thursday.

Gingera has played the past two seasons for the Snakes.

After starting his pro career with Tulsa in the CHL, Gingera was signed by the Snakes in December 2012. He earned SPHL Rookie of the Year honors as he led the Snakes in goals (28), points (50), and plus-minus (+12).

Last season, he again led the team in goals (32) and points (55). His 32 goals were second best in the league.

"Gingera is a prolific goal scorer," coach Jerome Bechard said in a news release. "I look to Matt to have another great season offensively, but I've challenged him to be my best player at both ends of the ice. He will be looked upon to be on the ice in all situations not just when we need the big goal."

Gingera, 26, is a native of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Playing for his hometown Winnipeg Saints, his 149 goals is the highest career total in team history. He played collegiately at Sacred Heart University.

"I'm excited to be back in Columbus for another season, it's like a second home here and it's hard not to come back with how us players are treated by everyone in the organization and in the community," Gingera said. "This year the goal is to be more consistent. Considering the up and down season we had last year, although we finished two wins short of where we wanted to be, I'm still proud of the team and the direction we went."

The Cottonmouths open the 2014-15 season in October. The SPHL schedule has not yet been released.

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