RiverKings Fall to Ice Flyers 2-0

PENSACOLA, Florida - After two consecutive wins at Planters Bank Ice at Landers Center, the RiverKings dropped their first road game of the season to the Ice Flyers 2-0. Ice Flyers netminder and reigning SPHL Goaltender of the Year Sean Bonar hadn’t allowed a goal in his first appearance this season, and the trend would continue. Jessyko Bernard would net both goals, and the Ice Flyers would advance to 2-0-0 while the RiverKings fall to 2-1-0.
Coming into the game, the RiverKings hadn’t trailed at any point during the season, thanks to early leads in the first period versus Knoxville and Birmingham, but it was the Ice Flyers who would strike first in this one.
At the 16:23 mark, on a pure dump-in play, goaltender Tyler Green got caught between playing the puck and staying in his net, vacating the goal. Pensacola forward Robert Lepine jumped on the loose puck and fed a centering pass to Bernard who slammed home the goal into a practically empty net.
It wouldn’t be long before Bernard struck again, this time on a more conventional goal. Pensacola working the puck down low below the RiverKings goal line opened up the slot. Defenseman Anthony Calabrese pinched and found the puck right on his stick just outside the slot. His blast was kicked away with the right pad of Tyler Green, but the rebound would sail off a skate right onto the tape of Bernard who bested Green blocker side.
Green wouldn’t allow another goal for the rest of the evening and stood tall turning away the next 35 Ice Flyer shots. On the other end of the ice, it was Sean Bonar who backstopped his team to their second straight shutout. He would see 24 RiverKings shots throughout the night, turning away every one.
The RiverKings return to Planters Bank Ice at Landers Center on November 3 for Titanic Night and host the defending champions Macon Mayhem. The Mayhem sit at 0-2-1 on the season and will be looking for their first victory while the RiverKings aim to rebound from the loss in Pensacola. For tickets to the next game visit www.riverkings.com/ticketmaster or call the RiverKings offices at 662-342-1755.
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Posted by Mississippi RiverKings at 10:39 PM

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PEO x-Peoria 50 34 12 4 72
PEN x-Pensacola 49 30 13 6 66
HUN x-Huntsville 51 27 15 9 63
MAC x-Macon 50 28 16 6 62
KNX x-Knoxville 51 28 17 6 62
EVV Evansville 50 24 18 8 56
MRK RiverKings 50 24 24 2 50
RKE Roanoke 50 23 23 4 50
BIR Birmingham 51 22 24 5 49
FAY Fayetteville 50 11 33 6 28
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Updated: March 23, 2018

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