By: David Schmoll
December 18, 2012
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- The Pensacola Ice Flyers (12-5-2) scored four unanswered second-period goals, as the Mississippi RiverKings (9-8-3) fell to the Ice Flyers 7-2 on Tuesday night in Pensacola.
The Ice Flyers got on the board early in the first. Aaron Schmit redirected Donnie Harris' shot past David Wilson to put the Ice Flyers up by one at the 5:35 mark of the first period. Five minutes later, the Ice Flyers scored again, this time a wrist shot from the slot, on the power play, by Mike MacIntyre beat Wilson to put the home team up by one.
But the RiverKings responded. Todd Hosmer banged home a Steven Kaunisto pass through the legs of Steve Christie to bring the 'Kings within one. With just over two minutes left to play, the Ice Flyers regained their two goal lead when Leo Thomas' backhand shot found the back of the net to give Pensacola the 3-1 lead headed into the first intermission.
The second period was all Pensacola. Tyler Soehner scored at the 5:12 mark before Patrick Knowlton slipped behind the defense and slid the puck past David Wilson to put the Ice Flyers up 5-1. Soehner found the back of the net again at the 14:54 mark on a wrist shot from the slot to put Pensacola up 6-1. Following the goal, the RiverKings replaced David Wilson with Matthew Krahn. John Dunbar finished up the scoring for the Ice Flyers with 2:05 left in the second as the Ice Flyers led 7-1 going into the third.
In the third, Todd Hosmer scored his second goal of the night on a shorthanded breakaway opportunity from Mike Baran cut the deficit to five, but the 'Kings fell for the second time in as many games to the Ice Flyers, 7-2.
David Wilson (3-4-1) took the loss after stopping 21 of 27 shots against in 34:54 minutes of action. Matthew Krahn stopped 19 of 20 shots in 25:06 minutes of relief of Wilson. Steve Christie (8-3-2) picked up the win, turning aside 21 of 23 shots against.
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