By Bill Vilona, Pensacola News Journal
It’s been long enough ago that Ryan Salvis couldn’t remember his last hat track performance.
He’ll cherish this one.
Salvis produced a trio of goals, including the team’s final one in the third period, as the Pensacola Ice Flyers produced their fifth consecutive win with a 6-3 victory Saturday night against the Mississippi RiverKings at the Bay Center.
“Things just clicked, and it’s nice to get a hat trick,” said Salvis, who now has seven goals to go along with his team-high 15 assists. “I’m not really a goal scorer. I kind of consider myself more of a setup man.”
Last night, John Dunbar became his setup man, assisting on all three of Salvis’ goals, including two on the power play.
Salvis and teammates showed little effect from playing their third game in three days for the first time this season. The Ice Flyers delighted a home crowd of 3,485 by jumping to a 3-0 lead after the first period.
“For us to play this well after back-to-back road games and a third game is really kudos to the boys,” said Ice Flyers coach Gary Graham. “We knew it was about setting the tone early. The first period was big for us.”