By David Lee, Augusta Chronicle
The Augusta RiverHawks tied the game twice, and both times the Pensacola Ice Flyers had an answer.
Pensacola (5-2-1) took advantage of a power play goal late in the second period to take the lead for good, and Augusta’s losing skid was extended to seven in a 5-3 loss Friday night.
Augusta (0-6-1) began the game by taking more aggressive shots, outshooting Pensacola 15-11 in the first period. Beyond that, the Ice Flyers made it tough on the RiverHawks to find shot attempts, combining on 17 for the final two periods.
“We had been laying back, especially in line changes, and tonight was a revamp of our plan,” coach Rob Miller said. “We came out more aggressive and it worked for us to an extent. But again, we didn’t get bounces and our power plays were terrible. That’s what killed us.”
The Ice Flyers started the scoring 4 minutes into the first period when a close shot from Brent Clarke snuck by goalie BJ O’Brien’s left side. The RiverHawks quickly responded a minute later with a slap shot from Matt Puntureri that found the net, his second on the season.
However, Pensacola broke the tie on its second goal with 40 seconds left in the period when left winger Patrick Knowlton beat O’Brien on the left side.