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Surge Battle Hard, Fall Just Short to Pensacola 4-3 in Overtime

March 29, 2014 - Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) - Mississippi Surge News Release

Biloxi, MS - The Surge fell to the number one seeded Pensacola in an overtime thriller that left Surge fans cheering until every Surge player slowly exited the ice.

In the most exciting game of the year, the Surge battled like it was the last game of the season. Sadly, it proved to be just that.

The Surge came out with an intensity that even the Ice Flyers couldn't contend with, an unmatched physical performance by every member of the South Mississippi Squad. It was clear the Surge had one goal in mind: to win. Thanks to scores by Lucas LaBelle (Brett Vandehogen) and Andrew Harrison, the Surge led 2-0 by the second period. The lead was quickly squandered when Keegan Flaherty scored a short handed goal (Adam Pawlick, Steve Bergin) followed by a Joe Caveney score (Ryan Salvis, Brett Lutes). A third unanswered score came on a power play when John Dunbar seemingly scored the winning goal for Pensacola. It was then that the Surge faithful cheered louder than ever, and the Surge came roaring back. Joe Tolles slapped an unassisted score beyond Ross MacKinnon forcing the game into eventual overtime.

Late in the extended period, Joshua Turnbull ended the Surge season, slipping a shot past Surge net minder Mathieu Dugas who saved 39 of 42.

The Surge season may have come to an abrupt end, but the roar of Surge fans who stayed long after the final buzzer, epitomizes the love and support, South Mississippi Surge fans have for their Surge boys.

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