PENSACOLA, Fla. (November 22, 2017) – The Ice Flyers lost a close game 2-1 in front 2,732 fans in The Hangar. Jessyko Bernard scored his fifth goal of the season for Pensacola in the second period. Stephen Pierog and Dylan Denomme scored for Macon in the first and third. The Ice Flyers will look to regroup on Friday in Huntsville before coming back to Pensacola for Saturday’s matchup against the Havoc.
The game was close through the opening minutes of the first period. Stephen Pierog changed that by collecting an Ice Flyer turnover, skating in on a breakaway, and firing a shot that Greg Dodds was able to get a piece of but was unable to stop from floating into the net. Pierog’s goal was unassisted and came at 9:28. Jessyko Bernard scored in the second period on a goal that was assisted by Phil Bushbacher and Robert Lepine with 11:41 left to play. Phil Bushbacher found Bernard in the front of the net and set him up with a shot fired by Bernard past Mayhem goalie Troy Passingham. With the score tied 1-1 following the second period, both teams knew the game would be settled in the third period. The third period was back and forth though Pensacola got the better of the chances. Dylan Denomme scored the game winning goal shortly after his penalty for slashing expired. Jeff Sanders flipped the puck over the Ice Flyers defense and Denomme was able to skate in on a breakaway. Denomme faked a forehand shot then flipped a backhand shot over Dodds’s legs to take the lead heading into the final minutes of the game. The Ice Flyers fought valiantly in the closing seconds but were unable to score on Passingham.
The Ice flyers play at Huntsville on Friday at 3:00 PM.
Pensacola returns to the Bay Center to play the Havoc on Hero and Princess Night on Saturday, November 25th. Puck drops at 7:05. Great seats are still available.
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