Ice Flyers Win Season Opener with Bonar's Shutout Performance
PENSACOLA, Fla. (October 20, 2017) - The Pensacola Ice Flyers kicked off the 2017-18 with a 4-0 road victory over the defending champions, Macon Mayhem, on Friday night. The win marked head coach Jeff Bes' first win as bench boss of the Ice Flyers and goaltender Sean Bonar's first win and shutout in an Ice Flyers jersey.
The first period ended with neither team finding the net. That changed quickly as only 2:59 into the second period, newly acquired Trever Hertz buried the Ice Flyers first goal of the game. With 44 seconds remaining in the second, he then set up Stephen Hrehoriak on a beautiful feed to go up 2-0. With six seconds left in the period, Anthony Calabrese pinched in from the blueline and caused a turnover. He then drove the puck to the net and fed Daniel Tedesco who scored with just one second on the clock in the second. This was Tedesco's first pro goal.
The Ice Flyers expanded their lead as another rookie, Robert Lepine, scored his first pro goal as well with a tally 4:53 into the final frame. Bonar turned aside all 36 shots he faced from the Mayhem. He faced 13 shots in the first, eight in the second and 15 in the third period to secure a shutout in his first Ice Flyers game.
The Ice Flyers put up 7 shots in the first and third, and 12 in the second for a game total of 26.
This was Pensacola's lone game of the opening weekend. They return home to their opening night on Friday, October 27 at 7:05 p.m. when they face the Mississippi RiverKings.
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