By Bill Vilona, Pensacola News Journal
The season’s familiar pattern returned Friday night for the Pensacola Ice Flyers, complete with all its frustration.
Hoping to generate some energy on home ice, the Ice Flyers instead fell into another two-goal deficit after the first period and couldn’t buy a goal the rest of the game in a 2-0 loss against the Louisiana IceGators.
“We want to play an up-tempo game and we just didn’t do it,” Ice Flyers coach Gary Graham said. “In the first period we came out flat and they got a couple goals, and obviously they were able to hold serve the rest of the game.
“Whenever you are playing a game that’s tight like that, there is not a lot of room for error.”
The loss continued this team’s confounding doldrums in the renamed Bay Center. The Ice Flyers have the best road record in the Southern Professional Hockey League (8-1), but are tied for the fewest home wins (2).
A crowd of 3,004 watched Louisiana get a rebound goal from Marc Andre Carre with 8:10 left in the first period, then Kirk Byczniski converted a 2-on-1 in front of the net with 1:15, just as a high sticking penalty on the Ice Flyers’ Ryan Salvis ended.