March 03, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Springfield Spirit Captures Hockey Championship

The Springfield Varsity Ice Hockey team, the Springfield Spirit, captured the Mid America High School Hockey League four-state crown in a dramatic overtime win against the Wichita Warriors in the championship game this past Sunday, Feb. 28 in Kansas City, Mo.

Overcoming a two-goal deficit in the first period, the Springfield Spirit rallied to a 5-4 victory over Wichita after a goal by Spirit Captain Eric Skibinski and forward Biran Otradovec in the first minute of overtime. Spirit Goalie, Sam Jones, sealed the win after shutting down Wichita’s league leading offensive unit by saving 30 shots on goal during the championship game.

Springfield reached the championship game after an overtime shoot-out win against St. Joseph in the preliminary round and an upset 5-4 win over number one seeded Jefferson City in the semi-final game.

The Springfield Spirit Varsity Hockey team is sponsored by the Springfield Youth Hockey Association. It is comprised of high school varsity players from Springfield, Greenwood, Nixa, Ozark, Fairplay and Strafford High Schools. The team competes in the Mid America High School Hockey League against high school teams from Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas and participates in the U.S. Hockey Community Olympic Development Program. The team’s home ice is the Springfield-Greene County Park Board’s Mediacom Ice Park.

For further information, contact: Jim Wherley, Spirit Head Coach, 417-861-3572,