PENSACOLA, FL. – On April 10, the Pensacola Ice Flyers tied an SPHL playoff record with 9 goals in a 9-1 win over the Columbus Cottonmouths in game one of the 2014 SPHL President’s Cup Finals.
The Ice Flyers came out on fire and scored on each of their first three shots. Ryan Salvis scored just 31 seconds into the game to put Pensacola up 1-0. John Dunbar and Jeremy Gates had the helpers. A little over a minute later, Brett Lutes had a pretty goal that beat Columbus’ Andrew Loewen as he was sprawled on the ice. Salvis scored again just 2:36 into the game with Keegan Flaherty picking up the lone assist.
Columbus scored 1:56 into the second to cut Pensacola’s lead down to 3-1 when Will Aide beat Ross MacKinnon. Joe Caveney scored to make it 4-1 after grabbing the puck, spinning around, and firing the puck over Loewen’s shoulder. Mitchell Good and Steve Bergin got credit for the assists. Adam Pawlick made it 5-1 with 4:40 left in the period with Ryan Salvis and John Dunbar getting the helpers. Corey Banfield made it 6-1 with an unassisted goal that came with 3:05 left in the second. The Ice Flyers’ sixth goal caused Columbus to pull Loewen. With Loewen being pulled, Columbus put in the two-time Olympic gold medal winner and starting goal for the Canadian women’s hockey team, Shannon Szabados.
The Ice Flyers just continued to lay it on starting with a power play goal by Lutes as he picked up his second goal of the game. Gates and Pawlick assisted on the goal that came just 1:56 into the third. Caveney scored a power play goal with assists going to Tyler Amburgey and Banfield. Just 33 seconds later, Mitchell Good made it 9-1 with 10 minutes remaining in the third. Lutes and Drew Baker had the assists.
Ross MacKinnon stopped 28 of Columbus’ 29 shots. Caveney was named the third, Lutes was second, and Salvis was the first star.
Text provided by Pensacola Ice Flyers media release
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