CHARLOTTE, NC (December 3, 2009) – Goaltender Mark Sibbald of the Huntsville Havoc has been named the Sher-Wood SPHL Player of the Month for October/November.
Posting a 6-0-1 record in seven games played, Sibbald currently leads the league in wins, goals against average (1.86) and save percentage (.942) as the Havoc are locked in a three-way tie for first place, despite having played two fewer games than Fayetteville and three fewer than Pensacola.
The Ridgeway, Ontario native started the season strong as he defeated the defending champion Knoxville Ice Bears 5-2 on October 24. Over his next three games, Sibbald allowed a total of four goals, capped by a 40-save performance against the Ice Bears on November 7. A 4-3 overtime loss to Pensacola on November 12 would be the only blemish on his record, as Sibbald rebounded with two more victories to close out November.
Sibbald, who is in his first SPHL season after spending the previous four seasons at Brown University, has given up two or fewer goals in six of his seven starts.
Also Nominated: Ian Vigier, Columbus (5-2, 1.99 gaa, .941 save percentage), Rob Sich, Fayetteville (14 gp, 17g, 7a, +11 rating, 4 ppg, 3 gwg), B.J. Pelkey, Knoxville (5g, 5a, 3 ppg), Scooter Smith, Louisiana (6g, 8a, 2 shg), Matt Zultek, Mississippi (15 gp, 12g, 9a, 9 ppg, 95 shots) and Lorne Misita, Pensacola (7g, 9a, 2 ppg, 2 gwg)