January 13, 2013 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Mississippi Surge
Team captain Jeff Grant scored just 28 seconds into overtime to lift the Mississippi Surge to a 3-2 win over the Fayettville FireAntz Sunday afternoon in Fayetteville, NC. It was the second straight win over Fayeteville for the Surge, which was playing its third game in two and a half days.
Fayetteville enjoyed a 14-7 edge in shots on goal in the first period, but Surge goaltender Dan Clarke thwarted all 14 shots, and helped keep the Surge on even terms as the teams skated through a scoreless first perod.
Brian Elser put Fayetteville on top with his ninth goal of the season at 1:48 of the second period. Joe Harcharik tied it for the Surge at 6:46 of the second period. For Harcharik, it was his second straight game he scored against Fayeteville, and his two goals have come in just his first four games. Not to be outdone, Kyle Kudroch also scored in his second straight game against Fayetteville, with just more than seven minutes left to play in the second period.
Kyle McNeil tied it for Fayetteville at 13:26 of the third period, another period which featured a strong showing by Clarke as Fayetteville outshot the Surge 16-5. For the game, Fayetteville enjoyed a 36-24 edge in shots on goal. Clarke's strong goaltending also helped the Surge kill off all four Fayetteville power play chances. The Surge went 1-for-6 on the power play.
The Surge will have another three game weekend next weekend visiting the Mississippi RiverKings Friday; the Pensacola Ice Flyers on Saturday; and will return home to host the Huntsville Havoc on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. Sunday's game will be the annual Pink in the Rink fundraising game.
On Sunday, the Surge players will wear special pink jerseys. Those will be auctioned after the game at the Beau Rivage Resort & Casino with a portion of the proceeds going to the American Cancer Society, making strides agaisnt breast cancer.