PENSACOLA, Fla. (January 5, 2018) – Pensacola lost to Roanoke Friday night in a shootout. Ken Neil, Garrett Milan, Jessyko Bernard and Josh Cousineau scored for the Ice Flyers. John Gustafsson scored two goals for Roanoke. Daniel Vernace and Steve Mele also scored for Roanoke. Roanoke goalie Brad Barone finished the game after Matt Zenzola was pulled after giving up two goals on six shots. Pensacola goalie Gordon Defiel took the loss.
Pensacola took an early lead at 5:58 of the first period when Ken Neil scored his first goal of the season. The Ice Flyers added another goal four minutes later when Garrett Milan scored off a Jessyko Bernard pass. The goal was Milan’s sixth goal of the year. Roanoke pulled to within one when John Gustafsson scored with 1:17 left in the first period. Shots were 12-9 in favor of Pensacola.
Daniel Vernace tied the game for the Rail Yard Dawgs at 11:52 of the second period. Jessyko Bernard then gave Pensacola the lead back with his 14th goal of the season. Nathan Bruyere assisted on the goal. Steve Mele tied the game once more for Roanoke with a power play goal.
Josh Cousineau then put the Ice Flyers back on top with a goal at 3:42 of the third period. John Gustafsson tied the game for the final time almost four minutes later at 7:13 for Roanoke.
The game went into overtime, with neither team scoring, leading to a shootout. Roanoke won the shootout as Rail Yard Dawgs goalie Brad Barone stopped all four Ice Flyers shots. Pensacola goalie Gordon Defiel gave up two Roanoke shootout goals.
This was the first game of a three game road trip for Pensacola. They face the Rail Yard Dawgs again tomorrow night, January 6 at 6:05 PM. They finish their trip by going to Birmingham, Alabama to face the Bulls on Tuesday, January 9. Puck drop at 7:35 PM.
The Ice Flyers next home game will be on Friday, January 12, against the Birmingham Bulls. It’s Friends and Family Night at The Hangar. The team is offering a special ticket package for that game only. Fans can purchase a $60 Friends and Family package that includes four (4) Center Ice tickets ($80 value), four (4) $10 Gift Certificates to Painting with a Twist ($40 value), one (1) $40 Gift Certificate to Texas Roadhouse ($40 value), and one (1) Set of Four 14 oz Ice Flyers Glassware ($32 value)!
The Ice Flyers play the next day on January 13, against Birmingham. Puck drop is at 7:05 PM. Laissez les bon temps rouler! Get ready to catch some beads at the Ice Flyers annual Mardi Gras Parade on Ice!
Finally the Ice Flyers finish the weekend by playing the Macon Mayhem on Scout Night at The Hangar on Sunday, January 14. Puck drop is at 4:05 PM. The Ice Flyers annual Scout Night will include patches and hats for all scouts in attendance. Call the Ice Flyers office to find out how you can help the local scout councils earn up to $5 back per scout ticket!
If you cannot attend the game in person, you can watch the games via SPHL Live or by following via twitter (@pcolaiceflyers) for game updates or downloading the Ice Flyers App on your mobile device to enable game alerts sent directly to your phone.