FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A cat-and-mouse battle between two unbeatens saw the home-team dig deep with a gritty effort to find their third-straight victory.
Fayetteville welcomed the undefeated Pensacola Ice Flyers to town, hot-off a pair of road victories last weekend over rivals Knoxville and Roanoke. Pensacola hadn’t been in action since opening weekend, and the excessive time-off looked to plague the stamina of the road team late.
Fayetteville would take the first eight shots of the game, but Pensacola would storm back in shots with five straight, leading to Tomasso Bucci’s first goal of the season, giving Pensacola a 1-0 lead. Minutes later, the Marksmen would recover their swagger on the power play, as reigning SPHL Player of the Week Brian Bowen would capitalize on the man-advantage for his fourth goal in three games. The period would end with a knotted score, 1-1.
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