COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two months ago the Columbus Cottonmouths were counted out, they were in the bottom three of the SPHL, just fighting for the final
This past weekend they clinched that eighth seed to close out the regular season, and now it's time to begin the second season, as in playoff hockey.
The Snakes hit the ice Monday in prep for their first round matchup with the top team of the regular season, the Macon Mayhem, a team with only 13 losses in the regular season.
You can credit four of those to the Cottonmouths, three of them less than a month ago.
It could be a favorable matchup for Columbus, as they'll carry a lot of momentum into the first round. They've won seven of their last 11 games.
They say even though it's playoff hockey, they're used to these do or die situations.
"We've been playing playoff hockey for the past two months trying to get in," head coach Jerome Bechard said.
"Look where we were a couple of months ago," team captain Craig Simchuk said. "Everyone was counting us out, and now that we're here, it's kind of
sweet that we're proving everyone wrong."
They'll look to turn even more heads against the best team in the league in the opening round.
Because of a scheduling conflict, Columbus will host the entire first round of the playoffs. Macon's arena is booked this week, so despite being the lower seed, the Snakes have home ice advantage.
Game one set for Tuesday. puck d rops at 7:30 p.m.