Ice Pilots Have Best Record In The League At 37-13-4 For 78 Points

February 28, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Pensacola Ice Pilots

News Release

Ice Pilots go 3-1-0 this week and continue with the best record in the ECHL at 37-13-4 for 78 points. The Ice Pilots began the week on Tuesday night with a 4-3 shootout win vs. Florida. Alex Materuhkin scored two goals in the game for the Ice Pilots. Cam Keith scored the other goal. Tyler Beechey scored the only goal in the shootout for the win. Frederic Cloutier was the winning goalie for the Ice Pilots stopping 37 out 40 shots and stopped all five shooters in the shootout.

The Ice Pilots lost at home on Friday night 3-2 vs. Columbia. Jason Beckett and Cory Stillman scored goals for the Ice Pilots. The Ice Pilots had a 2-0 lead but Columbia scored three goals with Eric Boulton scoring the game winning at the one minute mark of the third period. Frederic Clouti! er was the losing goalie as his 11 game personal winning streak came to an end.

The Ice Pilots won 4-3 vs. Mississippi on Saturday in front of 6,156 fans on Subway Alumni Night. Chris St. Jacques scored two goals for the Ice Pilots. Jason Beckett and Scott May also scored goals. Todd Ford was the winning goalie. Before the Ice Pilots game Team Calder defeated Team Quenneville 10-5 in the Subway Alumni Game. During the first intermission Shane Calder and Chad Quenneville were inducted as charter members to the Ice Pilots Hall of Fame sponsored by Subway.

The Ice Pilots won 5-3 vs. Columbia in front of 3,192 fans. Tyler Beechey scored a hat trick for the Ice Pilots. Cam Keith and Scott May also scored goals. Todd Ford was the winning goalie for the Ice Pilots.

The Ice Pilots will play home Friday vs. Texas at 7:05 p.m. The Ice Pilots will play home to the Texas Wildcatters this Friday night at 7:05 p.m. The Ice Pilots have a record of 5-1 vs. Texas this season including! a record of 3-0 at home and 2-1 on the road. It is Military Appreciat ion Night as all military will be able to get discount on tickets. All military both active and retired will be able to get $5 off a $15 ticket, $4 off a $13 ticket and $3 off a $10 ticket by showing their military ID at the Civic Center box office.

The Ice Pilots will play home to Mississippi this Saturday at 7:05 p.m. and than play at Mississippi on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. Sunday's game at Mississippi was originally scheduled to start at 5:05 p.m. but has been changed to a 4:05 p.m. face off. The Ice Pilots have a record of 5-1 vs. Mississippi this season including a record of 3-0 on the road and 2-1 at home. The Ice Pilots have an all time record of 29-37-10 vs. Mississippi including a record of 16-17-5 at home and 13-20-5 on the road.

Leading Scorers: Tyler Beechey leads the Ice Pilots in scoring with 66 points is tied with Alaska's Scott Gomez as the top scorer in the ECHL. Beechey also leads the team with 27 goals which is the second best in the league. Beechey also le! ads the team with 38 assists which is the fifth best in the league. Beechey was recalled to St. John's of the AHL after the game on Sunday vs. Columbia. Corey Neilson is the leading scoring defenseman in the league with 46 points. Nielson also is tied for first in the league among defenseman with 12 goals and leads all defenseman with 34 assists. Todd Ford has the fourth best goals against average in the league at 2.15 and fourth best save percentage at .934. Frederic Cloutier is first in the league among goalies with 23 wins and is second in the league with 1,082 saves. Cloutier is among league leaders in the league with a 2.50 goals against average.

Tentative Practice Schedule this week; The Ice Pilots will have Monday and Tuesday off. The Ice Pilots will practice at the Civic Center on Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. The Ice Pilots will have a pre skate on Friday at 10 a.m. and will play home to Texas on Friday at 7:05 p.m. The Ice Pilots will have a pre skate on Sat! urday morning at 10 a.m. and will play home to Mississippi at 7:05 p.m . The Ice Pilots will travel to Mississippi late Sunday morning to play the Sea Wolves in Biloxi on Sunday afternoon at 4:05 p.m.

Ice Pilots hosting Fishing Trip with 72' Sportsfisherman "Destiny" The Ice Pilots are heading out on a Deep Sea Fishing Trip set for Monday, March 14th sponsored by the 72' Sportfisherman "Destiny." The boat will be leaving at 9 a.m. sharp for a great 6 hour cruise to fish the finest spots in the Gulf.

The "Destiny" is one of Destin's most popular party boats, with experienced and friendly crew members. If you would like to join the Ice Pilots on this deep sea adventure, call the Ice Pilots at 432-7825 or visit the customer service table behind section 107 at Ice Pilots home games for reservation and information. Cost for this full day trip is only $100 per person.

Ice Pilots in the Community: The Ice Pilots will hold a team Bowling Party at the new Liberty Lanes this Tuesday night from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. with the ! entire team for season ticket holders only. The Ice Pilots will be signing autographs at Whataburger on Highway 90 in Pace located in front of the Walmart on Tuesday from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Todd Ford, Chris St. Jacques and Nick Lindberg will be signing autographs this Thursday at Sports Avenue from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. located inside Cordova Mall.

Ice Pilots Announce Ticket Packages for Kelly Cup Playoffs and 2005-06 Regular Season: The 14 home game Kelly Cup Playoff ticket invoices will be mailed out in mid to late February. Current Season Ticket holders who purchase the playoff package will have the option to apply any unused balance of the playoff tickets to next year's season tickets or have their balance refunded if any of the 14 home playoff games are not played. Playoff payments are due in full by March 31, 2005.

The renewal process for the 2005-2006 season tickets has begun. There is a dollar increase per ticket for all ticket types in all price levels for 2005-06. Ear! ly Bird Special: Season ticket holders can put down a $50 deposit per ticket thru March 31, 2005 witht eh full balance for 2005-06 season tickets due in full by September 1, 2005. There is a monthly payment plan option of 12 payments, beginning May 1, 2005 and ending April 1, 2006.

Dodge Player of the Week: Forward Tyler Beechey has been nominated for the ECHL Player of the Week. Beechey scored a hat trick vs. Columbia on Sunday. Goalie Todd Ford has been nominated for the ECHL Goalie of the Week. Ford won both games this past week. Tyler Beechey has been named the Dodge Player of the Week.

Barnes Ace Hardware and Feed will be sponsoring the Ice Pilots leading scorer award this season. During the season, we will be updating you with the Barnes Ace Hardware and Feed Ice Pilots top scorer. At the end of the season, Barnes Ace Hardware and Feed will present a trophy to the Ice Pilots top scorer. Fans will have an update on the Barnes Ace Hardware and Feed top scorer in the weekly release and at www.icepilots.com. Tyler Beechey is the top scor! er on the Ice Pilots with 66 points. Corey Nielson and Jordan Krestanovich are tied for second on the team with 46 points. Dwayne Hay has 44 points.

GEICO Three Stars of the Game: GEICO will be sponsoring the Ice Pilots Three Stars of the Game once again on the Ice Pilots Hockey Network this season and at every home game. Three lucky fans at home games will receive a t-shirt from the GEICO Three Stars of the Game this season. Mr. Hank Dousharm of GEICO will present the Ice Pilot player with a trophy at the end of the season with the GEICO Star of the Game award as the points will be updated throughout the season after every game on the Ice Pilots website at www.icepilots.com and every week with the Ice Pilots Weekly Release. Call Hank Dousharm at 1919 Creighton Road for good news about your car insurance at 494-0052. The Geico Three Stars of the game in Monday's win vs. South Carolina. 1 Nick Lindberg 2 Chris St. Jacques 3 Justin Eddy. The Geico Three Stars of the game in! Tuesday's 4-3 shootout win vs. Florida 1 Alex Materuhkin 2 Frederic C loutier 3 Tyler Beechey. The Geico Three Stars of the game in Friday's 3-2 loss vs. Columbia 1 Columbia's Mike Minard 2 Columbia's Eric Boulton 3 Cory Stillman The Geico Three Stars of the game in Saturday's 4-3 win vs. Mississippi 1 Chris St. Jacques 2 Scott May 3 Ryan Stokes. The Geico Three Stars of the game in Sunday's 5-3 vs. Columbia 1 Tyler Beechey 2 Aaron Phillips 3 Aaron Gionet

Montgomery Paint Internet Sports Question. Once again this season Montgomery Paint will be sponsoring the Ice Pilots internet Sports Question during the broadcasts of Ice Pilots games on the Ice Pilots Hockey Network and at www.icepilots.com.

Season Ticket Packages are available with year round payments: Full season ticket packages and 16 game packages are available with year round payments. The following is a list of the full season ticket plan with year round payments: $22 seats for floor and glass is $49.99 per month, $15 seats for sides is $35.99 per month, $13 seats for goal and lowe! r upper level is $32.99 per month, $10 seats for upper level is $24.99 per month.

Season tickets cost $649.44 for floor and glass seats, $459.00 for sides, $411.84 for behind the goal and lower upper level seats and $324.00 for upper level seats.

Being an Ice Pilots Season Ticket holder has special advantages: Fans who purchase full season tickets have an opportunity to purchase Civic Center concert tickets before they go on sale to the public (additional $5 per ticket charge), discount on Ice Pilots merchandise, access to special page with Ice Pilots news before it hits the press, no lines, same seats for every game, first right to playoff tickets, exchange program for missed games (restrictions apply, call the Ice Pilots at 432-7825 for details and exclusive events with the team including the "Annual Team Picnic" and membership to the "Power Play Club" enjoy a VIP atmosphere during the intermissions and post-game opportunities to meet the players.16 Game Power Play Season Ticket Package: A discounted and flexible ticket package that you create by selecting your seats and the games you can attend. You will receive opening and the final game of the regular season plus 14 games of your choice. You also have the option to purchase your same seats for additional games, invitation to the "Annual Team Picnic," option to purchase a "Power Play Club" membership at $50 each, first option to buy your seats for the Kelly Cup Playoffs and next season, season ticket exchange policy and a monthly pricing plan available.

8 Game Face Off Package: You will receive opening night plus seven games of your choice plus option to purchase your same seats for additional games and first option to buy your seats for the Kelly Cup Playoffs.

Flex Pack Package: A pack of 10 vouchers redeemable in any quantity for any regular season home game. The Flex Pack is ideal for gifts, employee incentives or customer appreciation.

Group Tickets: Group tickets are available at the Ice Pilots office! . A group of 15-24 will receive $2 off per ticket and scoreboard, public announcement recognition. A group of 25-99 will receive $2 off per ticket, scoreboard, public announcement recognition, the group leader receive two free tickets with a minimum of 25 tickets purchased and group members are eligible to become an MVP. Each group member fills out the MVP card and drops the card in the MVP box at customer service before the game and has the opportunity to win a valuable prize! Groups of 100 or more will receive scoreboard, public announcement recognition, two free tickets, MVP cards plus $3 off per ticket and an opportunity to perform the national anthem or participate in the ceremonial puck drop (Subject to availability and approval).

Birthday Parties: Celebrate your birthday with the Ice Pilots. The Ice Pilots birthday party package includes 10 $13 lower goal game tickets, Albertsons University Parkway Cookie Cake delivered by Iceman, a birthday card signed by the Ice ! Pilots, scoreboard recognition and the birthday child included in inte rmission activities. The package price is $150 for a party of 10. $15 is added for each additional guest. For more information call 432-PUCK.

Join the Ice Pilots Kid's Club: Being an Ice Pilots Kid's Club Member (Ages 2-14) you receive one coupon from the new Liberty Lanes for one free game of bowling with shoes, one fee ticket for the January 30th game with private post-game autograph session with the Ice Pilots immediately following the game, welcome letter from Ice Man and a Kids Club Membership Card.

Assigned Players from Toronto Maple Leafs: The Ice Pilots currently have nine players on the roster assigned from Toronto. They are center Scott May, goalie Todd Ford, defenseman Dave Turon, defenseman Dominic D'Amour, center Chris St. Jacques, center Kris Newbury, center Cory Stillman, left wing Cam Keith and defenseman Tyson Marsh. Dominic D'Amour, David Turon, Tyson Marsh, and Kris Newbury have been recalled to St. John's of the AHL. Tyler Beechey has been recalled to! St. John's and Bill Kinkel has been recalled to Houston of the AHL.

Kerr's Kids: For the second season in a row the Ice Pilots are introducing "Kerr's Kids." Thanks to Ice Pilots owner Tim Kerr and SMG (Pensacola Civic Center), the Ice Pilots would like to invite organizations devoted to helping children who are terminally ill or have special limitations to be our guest during the 2004-05 regular season for a great night of hockey. Each organization is encouraged to pick 3-4 dates throughout the regular season. The Ice Pilots will provide free admission for 12 people (We would like to have at least 6 or more children, escorts are required for the children and are counted as part of the 12). SMG will provide a hot dog and soda for each guest. If accessible seating is needed the Ice Pilots must be notified at least 2 days in advance and seating will be arranged. All members must stay in assigned seats. Please provide a list of attendee's 24 hours prior to game da! y. If you are interested in attending one of the Ice Pilots home game through "Kerr's Kids" please contact the Ice Pilots office at 432-7825 and ask for Melinda Palmer.

Listen to games on the Ice Pilots Hockey Network with the new Ice Pilots Flagship radio home AM 1620: Fans can listen to Ice Pilots games on the Ice Pilots Hockey Network. The network includes new flagship radio station AM 1620, Cox Communications and at icepilots.com sponsored by Sports Avenue. The game will also be taped delayed by Leafs TV. The pre game show for Friday and Saturday's home games begin at 6:50 p.m. The pre game show for Sunday's game at Mississippi begins at 3:50 p.m.

Ice Pilots Offer Pay-Per-View Webcasts with B2 Networks this season. The Ice Pilots home games and several road games will be available for viewing on the Ice Pilots website at www.icepilots.com. The Ice Pilots have partnered with B2 Networks based in Las Vegas, Nevada on the pay-per-view broadcast.

Fans will be able to click on the "Watch the Game Live" icon at the Ice ! Pilots website to view and listen to the game. The broadcast is available to fans with a high speed DSL or Cable modem internet connection and the charge is $6 per game. At this time a total of 58 of the Ice Pilots 72 regular season games will be available for viewing at www.icepilots.com. All three games this week are available on pay per view at www.icepilots.com with B2 Networks.

Ice Pilots Radio Show at the Gutter Lounge again this season: The Ice Pilots Radio show will once again be broadcasted from the Gutter Lounge at Phoenix Crossing inside the new Liberty Lanes this year located at 3200 North Palafox Street. The show is broadcasted on the Ice Pilots hockey network from 6 p.m. - 7 p.m. Fans can hear the radio show on the Ice Pilots new flagship radio station AM 1620 and on the internet at www.icepilots.com sponsored by Sports Avenue. Fans can meet the players, head coach Dave Farrish and members of the Ice Pilots office staff all season long. Cam Keith and Todd Fo! rd will be the player guests tonight.

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