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Snakes announce exhibition game changes

COLUMBUS, Ga. – The Columbus Cottonmouths of the Southern Professional Hockey League today announced that while their exhibition games at the Columbus Ice Rink next Friday and Saturday, October 19 and 20, will be played as scheduled, the opponents have changed. Instead of the pair of games originally scheduled against the Knoxville Ice Bears, the Snakes will now face the intrastate rival Augusta RiverHawks on Friday, October 19, while last season's SPHL championship runners-up, the Pensacola Ice Flyers, will travel to Columbus to play on Saturday, October 20.

The change in scheduling comes as a result of the Ice Bears reaching a deal with the NHL's Nashville Predators to host an SPHL exhibition game at the Predators' home Bridgestone Arena in Nashville. The Ice Bears will face the Huntsville Havoc on Saturday, October 20 in Nashville in this unique opportunity for the SPHL to showcase its product to an NHL audience. The two teams will also square off on Friday, October 19 at the Von Braun Center's Propst Arena in Huntsville.

Meanwhile, the Cottonmouths will take on last season's regular season champion Augusta RiverHawks on Friday night, October 19, at the Columbus Ice Rink. The next night, the Snakes will get a preview of their opening night matchup and a rematch of last season's SPHL championship series as the Pensacola Ice Flyers will face Columbus, also at the Ice Rink. Both games have a scheduled 7:30 PM EDT start. The ice at the Columbus Ice Rink will be pink for the two contests as it has been throughout the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In partnership with the Ice Rink, a portion of the proceeds from Friday's ticket sales will benefit the United Way of the Chattahoochee Valley, while a part of Saturday's gate will be donated to the John B. Amos Cancer Center in Columbus.

"The Cottonmouths are proud to be able to honor those who have fought, are fighting, and who will fight this terrible disease. We are happy to both promote awareness of and contribute to the funds that assist the fight against cancer," said Snakes head coach and general manager Jerome Bechard.

The Cottonmouths officially drop the puck on their 17th season of professional hockey in Columbus on Friday, October 26 against the Pensacola Ice Flyers.

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