PENSACOLA, FL. – On February 1, the Pensacola Ice Flyers hosted the Bloomington Thunder for the second half of a back-to-back and came out with their second win of the weekend as Pensacola won 8-3.
The first period was full of excitement and craziness. The Ice Flyers were the first to score when Podge Turnbull scored just 6 seconds into the Ice Flyers’ first power play of the game. Corey Banfield and Joe Caveney assisted on the goal that came 3:11 into the game. Only a minute and two seconds later, the Thunder’s Dennis Sicard and Pensacola’s Joe Bueltel dropped the gloves and got into a long, back-and-forth scrap. Bloomington applied heavy offensive pressure for the majority of the first and finally tied the game up with 3:58 remaining when Travis Granbois scored.
Pensacola regained the lead when a long shot from Malcolm Lyles deflected in off of a Bloomington player in the crease. Lyles’ goal was unassisted. The scrappiness continued after the final horn when Bennett Schneider took on the Thunder’s Kyle Watson while Brett Lutes took on Sicard.
Pensacola pushed their lead to 3-1 just 1:19 into the second. Adam Pawlick put home a rebound of a shot by Steve Bergin. John Dunbar had the other assist on the goal. The Ice Flyers lead stretched to Roman Andrejev pounded in a rebound for a power play goal. Dunbar and Pawlick had the helpers on Andrejev’s first goal with Pensacola. Pawlick scored his second goal of the period with another rebound from just to the left of the Bloomington crease. Andrejev and Bueltel assisted on the marker. Bloomington cut the lead down to 5-2 when Paul D’Agostino scored with 4:39 left in the frame.
Caveney scored just over two minutes into the third to make it 6-2 and Banfield had the only assist. Nic Polaski scored his second goal in as many nights to make it 6-3 with 16:06 left in the third. The score stood the same for over ten minutes until Pawlick completed his hat trick with 4:24 left in the game. Shortly after Sicard tried to drag Lutes into a nother fight and Lutes was prepared to stand his ground. A late power play goal by Keegan Flaherty, assisted Justin Alonzo, pushed the score to the final of 8-3.
MacKinnon stopped 28 of 31 shots he faced from Bloomington. Pensacola swept the three stars with Andrejev being third, Dunbar second, and Pawlick the first star.
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