By Al Myatt, Fayetteville Observer
The Fayetteville FireAntz were victims of their inconsistency in a 3-2 Southern Professional Hockey League overtime loss to the Mississippi Surge on Sunday.
Shots on goal correlated to a sporadic effort for the FireAntz as they outshot the Surge 14-7 in the first period but were outshot 11-5 in the second 20 minutes. Fayetteville regrouped to get 16 shots in the third period compared to just five for the visitors.
Each team took one shot in the three-on-three, five-minute sudden death overtime with Jeff Grant slipping the game winner past Antz goalie Kyle Rank just 28 seconds into the extra period.
"I thought we had a great first period," said FireAntz coach Mark DeSantis, whose club had fallen 5-2 to the same Surge less than 24 hours earlier at the Crown. "We came out and we hit. We did what we needed to do but we just couldn't get any goals."
Fayetteville's Andrew Smale and Mississippi's Branden Kosolofsky fought at 3:15 of the scoreless first period.
Fayetteville (18-10-2, 38 points) took a 1-0 lead at 1:48 of the second as Brian Elser scored with assists from Brock Sawyer and Brandon Richardson. The Surge got a power-play goal from Joe Harcharik at 6:52 of the second just after Mike Kavanagh had gone out for slashing.
Kyle Kudroch's goal at 12:51 of the second gave Mississippi a 2-1 lead.
"The second period killed us," DeSantis said. " ... You can't battle back every game. We're down to Augusta the other night, and we battled back, but you can't do that. Teams are too good. We spotted them five goals last night and tried to get back in it, but teams are too good.