BILOXI-- It looked like the Mississippi Surge were on their way to a third consecutive win Saturday night at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
But John Dunbar helped the visiting Pensacola Ice Flyers force overtime and then Ryan Salvis scored in a 2-1 Ice Flyers' shootout victory.
The Surge came out skating hard and took the lead 1:08 in. Andrew Harrison was one of a few newcomers who gave the Surge's recent signees who gave them some fresh legs as they came into their third consecutive game in three nights. Harrison threaded the defense and took a shot on goal that bounced off the chest of goalie Ross MacKinnon and fell to Jordan Peddle, who slapped it in for the score. Peddle also got the scoring started in Friday night's Surge win.
In the second, the Surge was held to just one shot on goal until the Ice Flyers committed their first of three penalties in the period. Starting their power play, the Surge's Evan Zych took the faceoff from Jeff Martens and passed it to recent signee Tom Craig who scored his first goal with the team to pad their lead at 2-0.
It looked like the Surge might hand MacKinnon his second regulation time loss of the season, but a 10:49 in the third, Dunbar cut the Surge lead to 2-1. The Ice Flyers kept pushing and with 3:41 remaining, Dunbar hit his second of the night to force overtime.
The Surge had one power play opportunity in overtime but couldn't take advantage.
Surge goalie Dan Clarke had a good game with 31 saves, but gave up two of five in the shootout. Corey Banfield hit the first goal and Ryan Salvis had the game winner.
Lucas LaBelle, Kyle Kudroch, Ian Boots and Peddle shot for the Surge. The Surge shot 20 on the night.
Surge coach Jeff Bes felt it was a good weekend for the team, taking two out of three games.
"It was two teams who were very tired playing hockey and battling it out," he said. "We sat on the lead a little in the third and didn't attack enough but I give Pensacola credit. I'm very happy with the weekend we had."