SPHL Playoffs 2013

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Pensacola stifles Mississippi Surge's comeback, gains 5-3 victory

Pensacola Bay Center    Sat, Mar 30, 2013

Mississippi Surge almost clawed its way back from a three-goal deficit, but the Pensacola Ice Flyers managed to pull out a 5-3 win in the end.

Pensacola led by three goals at one point and ended with the victory. The largest advantage in the game came when the Ice Flyers' Ryan Salvis's scored at 18:55 in the third period to put Pensacola up 6-3.

The win by the Ice Flyers clinched the best of three series at 2-0.

Pensacola's penalty kill excelled, as the Ice Flyers gave up one goal despite allowing six power plays.

Pensacola was led by Nick Dupuis, who had one goal. Dupuis scored 6:20 into the third period to make the score 5-3 Pensacola. Ron Cramer picked up the assist.

The Ice Flyers kept Mississippi Surge's goalie busy throughout the game, and Dan Clarke made 39 saves on 44 shots.

Pensacola additionally got points from Brandon Vossberg, who also racked up one goal and one assist, Cramer, who also grabbed one goal and one assist, and John Dunbar, who also finished with one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Pensacola also got a goal from Patrick Knowlton as well. Other players who recorded assists for Pensacola were Justin MacDonald, Jeremy Gates, and Steve Bergin, who contributed one a piece.

Mississippi Surge relied on a core group of players for most of its offense, as Jeff Grant, Branden Kosolofsky and Brandon Coccimiglio took 15 of the team's 26 shots.

Mississippi Surge also got points from Joe Harcharik, who also tallied one goal and one assist to lead the team in points. Matt Gordon also scored for Mississippi Surge. More assists for Mississippi Surge came via Trent Bonnett, Adam Stuart, and Matt Ridley, who each chipped in one.

Ross MacKinnon recorded 23 saves for Pensacola. The Ice Flyers totaled 25 minutes in penalty time with 10 minors and one major and went 1-for-5 on the power play. Mississippi Surge ended with 36 minutes in penalty time with eight minors and two majors.