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April 7, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Pensacola Ice Pilots News Release

PENSACOLA, FL - The 2007-08 season has come to a close. The Ice Pilots finished the season with a record of 19-44-9 for 47 points. Pensacola made a run in March for the playoffs but fell short. The Ice Pilots played much better hockey in the second half of the season as 11 of their 19 wins came after February 1st, in just a two month period.

Final Season Ticket Holder Meet and Greet and Radio Show

The Ice Pilots will hold the last season ticket holder Meet and Greet of the season from 5-6 p.m. at New York Nick's in downtown Pensacola. Coaches John Marks and Phil Russell will be on hand as well as several players and the Ice Pilots front office. Also, stick around for the final Coach's Show of the 2007-08 season from 6-7 p.m. Head Coach John Marks and "Voice of the Ice Pilots" Anthony Langella, Jr. will wrap-up the 2007-08 season.

Season Tickets

Season Tickets are on sale for the 2008-09 season. Tickets for next season start at just $432 if you put a $75 deposit down by May 30th. Mini Plans are also available as well. Season tickets include a gift, the "never wasted a ticket" program, savings off of Ice Pilots merchandise and much more. To purchase your season tickets, call the Ice Pilots at 432-PUCK.

Good Numbers

Head Coach John Marks became the All-Time Winningest Coach in ECHL History as he earned win #481 on February 29, 2008 in a 5-4 victory over the Florida Everblades.

The Ice Pilots went 7-3-3 in the month of February.

Bryan Esner led the Ice Pilots in goals and scoring with 24 tallies and 54 points.

Pensacola finished the season with a great one-goal game record of 15-9-9.

Goaltender Mike Brodeur was named ECHL Goalie of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-10.

The Ice Pilots were 13-6-5 when scoring first.

Mathieu Roy was the only Ice Pilot to play in all 72 games this season.

The Pilots penalty killing finished at 90% (36-40) over the last nine games.

Goaltender Cam Ellsworth finished second in the ECHL with 1353 saves.

Pensacola was 13-3-1 when allowing two goals or less in a game.

Captain Dan Sullivan led the Ice Pilots in penalty minutes with 101.

The Ice Pilots had the fewest penalty minutes in the league with 1149.

The crowd of 6,827 in Saturday night's season finale was the largest in the last 3 years at the Hangar.

Ice Pilots in the Community

Friday and Saturday, April 11-12 - Manheim's Annual Charity Ride for Big Brothers/Sisters

Saturday, April 12 - Hurricane Expo at Civic Center, 10-11:30 a.m.

Saturday, April 12 - Civitan Club Picnic at Seville Square, noon-2 p.m.

Last week's Games

Tuesday at Florida (2-0 Loss)

Adam Taylor and Preston Callandar scored goals and Kevin Nastiuk stopped all 24 shots as the Florida Everblades defeated Ice Pilots 2-0 on Tuesday night at Germain Arena. Taylor opened the scoring as he snuck a sharp angle shot past Mike Brodeur to give the Everblades a 1-0 lead at 6:50. Florida would find some insurance in the third as Callandar fired in a loose puck in a scramble to make it 2-0 Everblades as they would hang on for the victory.

Friday at Mississippi (5-4 Loss)

The Ice Pilots scored three unanswered goals only to fall late as Jason Beeman tallied the game winner with 4:45 left to give Mississippi a 5-4 win over Pensacola at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Friday night. The Pilots would find their scoring touch though with just 27 seconds left in the second period. Mathieu Roy found a loose puck and hammered it in for a power play goal to cut the lead to one. At 2:44 of the third period Brian Pouliot scored his second goal in the last three games to even the score at three. The Pilots made it three unanswered as it was Luke Erickson firing a turnaround shot from the high slot to give the Ice Pilots their first lead of the game at 4-3. Mississippi tied the game at four as Travis Lisabeth beat Ellsworth and they would go ahead for good as Jason Beeman on a great individual effort scored the game winner and Mississippi defeated the Ice Pilots 5-4.

Saturday vs. Mississippi (5-1 Loss)

Morgan Cey made 36 saves for Mississippi as the Sea Wolves defeated the Ice Pilots 5-1 in front of a season high crowd of 6,827 at the Pensacola Civic Center on Saturday night to conclude the 2007-08 season. Matt Rogers netted the lone Ice Pilots goal in a two on one with Brian Pouliot. It cut the lead to two and gave the Ice Pilots momentum but Cey held strong stopping many quality scoring chances. Jason Beeman, Zbynek Hrdel, Andy Contois, Jason Tejchma and Mark Hurtubise scored goals for Mississippi in the victory. Cam Ellsworth made 24 saves in the losing effort. The Pilots finish the season series against the Sea Wolves with a record of 5-5-2. Patrick Bordeleau put the crowd of 6,827 on their feet as he fought Chris Cava, knocking him down to the ice.

Thank you

The entire Pensacola Ice Pilots organization would like to thank all the great fans for their support in the 2007-08 season and we look forward to seeing you in October. Have a great summer!

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