Ice Flyers Win In Shootout In Columbus
Jan. 3, 2013
The Pensacola Ice Flyers took on the Columbus Cottonmouths Thursday night in Columbus, GA. and came away with a 4-3 shootout victory.
It did not take long for the scoring to start as John Dunbar for the Ice Flyers scored 2:11 after the opening puck drop. Pensacola extended their lead on a goal by defenseman Tyler Soehner with eight minutes remaining in the first. But Columbus bounced right back just 34 seconds later when Biff McNally got the Cottonmouths on the board.
The score would remain 2-1 throughout the second period and into the last half of the third. On a 2-on-1 break, Matt Gingera tied the game for Columbus with nine minutes left. Mike MacIntyre broke into the Columbus zone under two minutes later and fed Patrick Knowlton who capitalized and helped Pensacola regain a one goal lead.
Desperate to tie the game, Columbus pulled their goalie for an extra attacker. Shortly after, John Sullivan was set up for a one-timer that beat Ice Flyers' goalie Ross MacKinnon and forced overtime.
Both teams had excellent chances in the extra frame but were unable to score the game-winning goal. The game went to a shootout. Ron Cramer was first up for the Ice Flyers and scored on his chance. Sullivan, the second shooter for Columbus, scored when he was up to tie the shootout at one a piece.
After three consecutive saves by both goalies, MacIntyre scored for the Ice Flyers on his attempt and MacKinnon stopped Columbus' Jordan Braid to win the shootout and the game.
Pensacola plays Friday night in Augusta and then returns home Saturday to play the Mississippi RiverKings. Columbus hosts Huntsville on Friday and then finishes their weekend on the road in Augusta on Saturday.