Ice Flyers Unable To Hold Off Bulls In Front Of Franchise Record Crowd

January 1, 2024

by Bill Vilona, Ice Flyers Correspondent

The Ice Flyers set a record crowd Saturday night and created an unprecedented holiday weekend setting.

What missed, however, was a celebratory outcome in the game.

The Birmingham Bulls scored a trio of power play goals, including twice with just two seconds remaining in the man advantage, and produced a 4-2 win that quieted a crowd of 7,159 at the Pensacola Bay Center. The win followed first place Birmingham’s 4-3 victory Friday on the Bulls home ice and brought a sweep of three games in five days this holiday week against the Ice Flyers.

The near-sellout crowd in the building was the Ice Flyers’ largest in their 15-year franchise history for a game that didn’t occur on the annual $5 ticket weekend. Saturday was Military Appreciation Night and it led into a special atmosphere.

“Excellent crowd. The crowd was unreal,” said Ice Flyers coach Gary Graham. “Too bad they had to see us shoot ourselves in the foot countless times. That was disappointing.”

The Ice Flyers scored the game’s first goal when Garrett Milan tipped in a shot less than five minutes into the period. But once Birmingham tied the game less than two minutes later, the Bulls never trailed again.

Playing with only five defensemen due to injuries, the Ice Flyers were further challenged by having to try and kill six power play chances for the Bulls while committed eight infractions in the game.

“I thought we had a timely start, getting the first goal, which was good for our group,” Graham said. “We are dealing with some chemistry issues… little tired on the back end, guys have been battling and that has definitely been an issue for us as of late.

“But again, we have not had discipline issues all season and now they are starting to rear their ugly head. And that’s something I am not going to tolerate one bit.

“The carelessness of how we tried to execute on our game plan against a team that has been sitting atop of the league and to think we can do that type of stuff and have success is just mind numbing.”

Birmingham scored a go-ahead goal on a power play with 1:43 left in the first period on a wrist shot by Ryan Romeo from inside the blue line.

The Bulls went up 3-1 in the second period, after the Ice Flyers nearly killed off a 5 on 3 disadvantage situation. They played with two men down for 53 seconds, got that killed off, but the Bulls’ Carson Rose scored with 6:36 left and Malik Johnson ready to come out of the penalty box.

“We knew going in with five defensemen against best team in the league, here is a certain way you have to play to manage that type of environment,” Graham said. “And taking penalties and putting yourself shorthanded is the worst thing you can do for those defensemen. It just wears them down.”

The Ice Flyers energized the crowd when Ivan Bondarenko scored with 21.2 seconds left in the period by pouncing on a favorable bounce off the back boards and getting the puck past Birmingham goaltender Drennen Atherton.

That momentum carried into intermission and the Ice Flyers had a chance for a tying goal when Birmingham was whistled for a holding penalty with 11:17 left.

With 4:38 remaining Lucas Herrmann was called on a cross-checking penalty just before the Ice Flyers had killed off an earlier penalty. In this case, the Bulls Drake Glover scored 23 seconds later for a two-goal lead and the crowd began to exit.

“We just have a lot of guys underperforming right now. I think every team deals with it throughout a year. I think there has been some complacency that has been festering and we are starting to see it, ” said Graham.

“When you play the top team in the league three straight games you are either going to sink or you are going to swim and I think we are seeing what direction we are going.”

With their trio of wins in a week, Birmingham (17-4, 3 OT losses, 27 points) heads into the New Year with a two-point lead over Fayetteville atop the SPHL standings. The Ice Flyers (13-11) dropped into a fifth-place tie.

The Bulls now have a 5-3 lead in the season series.

Graham promised some hard practices and adjustments before the Ice Flyers next game on Jan. 4 at home against Peoria.

“There will be a lot of working going on behind the scenes, that’s for sure,” he said.

WHAT’S NEXT?

WHO:  Peoria Rivermen vs. Ice Flyers

WHEN: Thursday (Jan. 4), 7:05 p.m.

WHERE: Pensacola Bay Center

Late-Game Misfortune Before Big Crowd Sinks Ice Flyers In First Home Loss

December 27, 2023

by Bill Vilona, Ice Flyers.Com Correspondent

A quick breakdown and bad ricochet off the boards led into the Ice Flyers first home ice loss.

First-place Birmingham seized upon a mistake, had center Brendan Soucie pounce on a bounce for a go-ahead goal with 6:23 remaining and the Bulls thwarted any space for a tying opportunity in their 3-2 win Tuesday night against the Ice Flyers.

On the night after Christmas, a crowd of 5,418 filled the lower bowl of the Pensacola Bay Center on Youth Jersey Night. They watched the Ice Flyers twice rally with game-tying goals, but the final minutes proved elusive for another shot at a comeback win.

“We do a great job of climbing back in the game and we had a couple back to back shifts of doing stuff that we don’t want to be doing, which is going backwards and it allowed them to get up on us and get momentum and wear our (defense) down,” said Ice Flyers coach Gary Graham, whose team had won its first nine home games.
“We had this lapse for about three minutes and it killed us,” Graham said. “The worst thing was we couldn’t find our game when we needed it the most. When you get a good crowd like that it is always frustrating to lose the game in that fashion.

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“But you create your bounces and Birmingham was working hard with the forecheck and they got a bounce and they capatilize.”

The Bulls (15-4, 3 OT losses, 33 points) took over first place in the Southern Professional Hockey League standings with the win, The Ice Flyers (13-9, 26 points). dropped into fourth place with the loss.
The teams will play again on Friday at the Pelham Civic Center outside of Birmingham, then return to the Bay Center for the final game of this week’s series on Saturday night.

The first 1,000 children ages 12-under through the arena doors Tuesday received an Ice Flyers replica jersey courtesy. This night followed a crowd of 6,000-plus that watched the Ice Flyers win Saturday against Macon that kept the home streak going.

Tuesday’s crowd filled with kids led to enthusiastic, hopeful setting that responded when the Ice Flyers tied the game 1-1 in the final minute of the second period, then had Taylor Egan rifle a tying goal with 9:01 left to create more energy.

“First (home) loss in nine games, so it’s tough to do that in front of your hometown crowd,” Egan said. “You always want to pull off a win for them. (Crowd turnout) was amazing People could be spending that time at home with their families and they choose to come here and support us. It was great.”

The Ice Flyers gave up a power play goal, after nearly killing off what started as a 5-on-3 disadvantage midway in the third period. But the Bulls 2-1 lead on Egan’s wrist shot from inside the blue line two minutes later.
On the player, teammate Dallas Comeau created a screen and Egan’s shot went into the side pocket of the net.

“It seemed like they were pretty tight on their coverage in the d-zone (defensive zone) all game,” Egan said. “Mitch Atkins made a nice play, realizing he had time and space (for a pass). I was in the slot, Dallas put a good screen there and I realized the pressure was in front of the net down low and I took advantage of that.”

That momentum, however, was answered by Birmingham when Soucie wound up with an unassisted goal that he flicked in off the bounce past Ice Flyers goaltender Stephen Mundinger.
In the final 90 seconds, the Bulls kept the Ice Flyers from getting Mundinger off the ice for an extra attacker until 14.9 seconds left. The last chance was a faceoff with 5.6 seconds left, won by the Bulls to seal the game.
“I couldn’t get my goalie pulled which was frustrating,” Graham said.

The Bulls win evened their season record (3-3) against the Ice Flyers.

After a scoreless first period in which the teams combined for just nine shots on goal, the game was tied 1-1 after two periods. The Ice Flyers scored on their 18th shot in the game when Brett Mecrones pounced on a center ice turnover, got a breakaway with a trailing teammate and flicked a wrist shot into the net with 49.6 seconds left in the period.

The Ice Flyers killed a pair of penalties in the second period, including a four-minute high sticking infraction whistled against Malik Johnson with 8:42 left and it became a big moment in the game.
Birmingham scored the game’s first goal five minutes earlier when Scott Donahue poked in a loose puck that had fallen off Mundinger’s chest amid a player scramble in the crease area.

“For them, (Bulls) keep the puck away from the dangerous areas in their d-zone,” Egan said. “They keep it off the wall. They make simple plays which is good hockey and it’s frustrating for teams to play against. But obviously it’s proven successful for them.”

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Following the game, the players met with fans for an autograph session on the second-level concourse.

UP NEXT
WHO: Birmingham Bulls vs. Ice Flyers
WHEN: Saturday, 7:05 p.m.
WHERE: Pensacola Bay Center

Ice Flyers Sweep The Mayhem Headed Into Short Holiday Break

December 25, 2023

In front of an enthusiastic crowd of 6,138 fans, the Ice Flyers downed the Mayhem in a 7-3 win at the Pensacola Bay Center Saturday night.

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Mitch Atkins got his first Ice Flyers hat-trick after scoring a pair of goals in the 2nd period and then capitalizing on a power play in the 3rd.

Riley Morris made his first appearance back home in front of the Ice Flyers faithful this season. Morris played 11 games for the Ice Flyers last season before being called up to play for the ECHL Tulsa Oilers.

The Ice Flyers return to the Hangar on Tuesday, where they’ll be up against a tough Birmingham team that is finding success and sitting at first place in the league standings.


Last Minute Gift Idea: Florida Hunting And Fishing Licenses, Park Passes Are 50% Off

December 21, 2023

Florida is offering a 50% discount on annual state park passes and FWC Gold Sportsman hunting and fishing licenses under the “Great Outdoors Initiative” under an executive order issued by Gov. Ron DeSantis. These savings will continue to be available through the holiday season until Jan. 13, 2024.

“Florida has award-winning recreation lands, and I’m proud to see Floridians exploring our great outdoors,” said Gov. Ron DeSantis. “A lifetime hunting and fishing license or annual park pass at a large discount makes a great Christmas gift for the whole family. Excitement for the great outdoors has been passed on through generations of Floridians and I am proud to continue supporting these family traditions.”

Tthe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will discount the annual resident Gold Sportsman license, five-year Gold Sportsman license and Lifetime Sportsman license by 50%. Also, the Department of Environmental Protection will offer a 50% discount on annual state park passes.

The following FWC Gold Sportsman licenses, which include the saltwater fishing, freshwater fishing, and hunting privileges and all associated permits, are discounted by 50% and will be available at the following rates, plus applicable fees:

  • Annual Gold Sportsman – $50.75.
  • 5-year Gold Sportsman – $247.75.
  • Lifetime Sportsman’s License
  • Age 4 or younger – $201.50.
  • Ages 5-12 – $351.50.
  • Ages 13 and older – $501.50.

Florida State Parks Annual Passes will have a 50% discount and are available tat the following rates:

  • Family Annual Pass – $60, plus tax.
  • Individual Annual Pass – $30, plus tax.

To buy a pass or to find a park near you, visit: www.floridastateparks.org/.

To find more information on fishing and hunting licenses in Florida, visit: myfwc.com/license/recreational/ and to purchase a license, visit: License.GoOutdoorsFlorida.com.

Ice Flyers Seek To Reverse Road Fortune As Schedule Hits Holiday Peak

December 21, 2023

by Bill Vilona, Ice Flyers Correspondent

The schedule allowed the Ice Flyers to have an extended break before the holiday portion of their season.

Now, the quest is to make the most from it.

After losing consecutive games for the first time last weekend at Quad City, the Ice Flyers had a full week to recharge and get a pair of practices before Saturday’s game in Huntsville, Ala. against the Huntsville Havoc. A shorter break then ensues before the Ice Flyers play five games in eight days, including three at the Pensacola Bay Center as part of a Christmas-New Year’s flurry of contests.

“It’s not sitting well with our group right now and we have to figure some stuff out,” said Ice Flyers coach Gary Graham, prior to his team leaving Friday for a practice in Birmingham, before the game at Huntsville. “Our road game has just not been good this year. You can’t hide from it.

“We had some hard conversations after (last) Friday night’s game. You have to have an attitude when you go on the road and we have to find it somehow.”

The Ice Flyers are 3-7 on the road and have been outscored 41-21 in those games. But their unbeaten home record (8-0) has buoyed them into a second-place tie with the Birmingham Bulls (22 points) as the Ice Flyers near the one-third point of their 56-game schedule in the Southern Professional Hockey League.

Following the losses on back-to-back nights against Quad City in Moline, Illinois, several Ice Flyers players traveled to visit with their families who they won’t see at Christmas. Graham traveled back to Fort Wayne, Indiana to be with his wife and family for a few days.

He took a side trip to Chicago last Sunday, then began refocusing on the schedule ahead Monday and throughout this week.

“I talked to (Ice Flyers owner) Greg (Harris) about a month ago about this and seeing the schedule, and the fact we didn’t have a Thanksgiving break and we don’t have a Christmas or New Year’s break, we decided to do it,” Graham said. “Typically, in the past, the teams I have coached, I try to look at the calendar for the whole year and see if there’s a little bit of time where you can give a break.

“It was a rare thing in our schedule where we only had the one Saturday game and it made sense for us to try and a have a break. It’s cool if guys can see families, but it’s really more about a recharge, a little extra rest for the body.

“It stinks that we didn’t play well (last week). You never want to go into a break not playing good hockey. It probably weighs more on the head coach than it does the players.”

The Ice Flyers will follow Saturday’s game at Huntsville with another road game, this one Dec. 22 in Macon, Ga. against the Macon Mayhem. They will faceoff against Macon the following night in Pensacola in the first home game in three weeks.

The Ice Flyers then will play home games Dec. 26 and Dec. 30 against the Birmingham Bulls and play in Birmingham on Dec. 29. It will be a quick turnaround each time between games.

“We are going to start getting into the thick part of the season when games are going to start coming at you in a hurry,” Graham said. “With our group, it has taken a little longer to figure out the road thing and I am starting to get a little impatient. Because my job is to find solutions.

“For us on the road, we have to be more patient. We have to understand that it’s okay for us to win a low scoring ugly game on the road. We don’t have to entertain our fans. It can be an ugly win, we just need the points. Just getting the message across to the group is very important.”

Another evaluation will occur Saturday in Huntsville as Graham looks at his roster and players he can count upon for the rest of the season.

The Havoc (8-8, 2 OT losses) have 18 points and reside in sixth place right now. This is a team Graham knows will present the same kind of challenges as the first two meetings.

“They have good goaltending and they play the game the right way… they don’t beat themselves,” he said. “They work hard away from the puck. The two times we played them, they were very stingy defensively both nights. They are a hard-working team.

“Overall team defense and special teams are always huge on the road and we haven’t been good at either one of those lately. We have to change that right away.”

WANT TO FOLLOW?

WHO: Ice Flyers vs. Huntsville Havoc

WHERE: Propst Arena, Huntsville, Ala.

WHEN: Saturday, 7 p.m.

NEXT HOME GAME: Dec. 23 vs. Macon Mayhem at 7:05 p.m.

Northview Improves With Win Over L.E.A.D. Academy

December 19, 2023

The Northview varsity boys improved to 2-5 on the season with a 49-38 win over L.E.A.D. Academy of Pace Monday night in Bratt.

Senior Jacob Spence had a double double for the Chiefs, with 16 points and 2 rebounds. Luke Diamond added 17 points. The chiefs also had 10 points from Jikeir Hudson, four from Austin Mincshew and two from Jarrett Bodiford.

The Northview Chiefs will travel to take on the Baker Gators Tuesday night to close out action before the Christmas break.

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Tate Lady Aggies Softball Holds Winter Camp (With Gallery)

December 17, 2023

Tate Lady Aggies Softball held their annual Winter Camp Saturday.

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In addiition to learning new softball skills, participants enjoyed “Pizza with the Players” and receivd a shirt.

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All Star High School Football Game Is Friday Night

December 14, 2023

It’s East vs. West as local high school seniors battle to see who’s the best in the Pensacola Sports’ High School All-Star Series Football Game! This event showcases top players from Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Escambia County High Schools. Student athletes are nominated by their coaches and every player gets a chance to shine in their final high school game. Join us for an unforgettable night of football talent and community spirit.

  • What: Pensacola Sports High School All-Star Series Football
  • When: Dec. 15, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Booker T. Washington High School
  • Tickets: $10 general admission and $5 for students - Tickets available here

2023 All-Star Football – West Team

  • PHS DeQuan Gaddy OLB/CB
  • Northview Wyatt Scruggs DB/WR
  • Northview Joe Wright V MLB/RB
  • Northview Devin Kelly CB/WR/RB
  • Escambia Santwon Burnside Slot/RB
  • Escambia Tadarius Wright DB/WR
  • Escambia Trevion Killette DB/WR
  • Escambia Lillas Legree DL/OL
  • Escambia Anthony Hall QB
  • Pine Forest Corey Odoms OL
  • Escambia Cam Mayo WR/DB
  • Escambia Lejon Williams LB
  • Escambia Jaylon Harris LB
  • Escambia Messiah Everheart DE/DT
  • Escambia Ryan McVay DE/DT
  • Escambia Josh Jackson WR/DB
  • Escambia Jashawn Williams OL
  • Washington Kendrick Burrell TE/WR
  • Washington Connor Johnson OL
  • Washington Aveon Riley DL
  • Washington James Brown RB/SLOT
  • Catholic Ryland Bragg OL
  • Catholic Desjon Robertson DT
  • Catholic Turner McLaughlin LB
  • Catholic Cortney Clark DE/TE,H
  • Catholic Jacob Lacour OL
  • West Florida John Nicholas QB
  • West Florida Tre Knott Corner/S
  • West Florida Logan Weeks Center/G.T
  • West Florida Cole Willis K/P
  • West Florida Marquez Jones RB/KO
  • Tate Edward Obrien TE
  • Tate Jackson Clarke K/P
  • Tate Andre Colston RB
  • Tate Clayton Philly OLB
  • Tate Labron Baldwin OG
  • Tate Trey Edwards OT
  • Tate Jaxson Moore C
  • Tate Jayvon Lenius CB
  • Tate Nathan Shimek SS
  • Northview Jacob Spence TE/OL
  • Northview DJ Lions DL
  • Washington Luke Sate

2023 All-Star Football – East Roster

  • Crestview Maddox Reeves DT/OL
  • Crestview Michael Foley C/OL
  • Crestview Braden Hood DB/WR
  • Crestview Isaiah Brooks OT/OG
  • Crestview Ahmad Thomas DB
  • FWB Bam Davis LB
  • FWB Jeremiah Norman C
  • FWB Eric Scott DL/OL
  • Baker Dustin Clark OL/C/3T
  • Jay Brock Stout RB/CB
  • Jay Eli Stephens OL/DL
  • Jay Tucker Nowling WR
  • Pace Jackson Ward LB
  • Pace Chase Taylor LB
  • Pace Brayden Gates FS
  • Pace Carson Wright SS/WR
  • Gulf Breeze Gavin Quenneville S/WR
  • Gulf Breeze Luke Denby C/G/T
  • Gulf Breeze Shamane Walker DL/DT
  • Navarre Hunter Pfiester QB
  • Navarre Charlie Cottrell Center
  • Navarre Braydon Brown TE/H
  • Navarre Nate Hanson WR
  • Navarre Jaxson Spalla OL
  • Navarre Cameron Pollard OL
  • 2023 All-Star Football – East Roster
  • Crestview Maddox Reeves DT/OL
  • Crestview Michael Foley C/OL
  • Crestview Braden Hood DB/WR
  • Crestview Isaiah Brooks OT/OG
  • Crestview Ahmad Thomas DB
  • FWB Bam Davis LB
  • FWB Jeremiah Norman C
  • FWB Eric Scott DL/OL
  • Baker Dustin Clark OL/C/3T
  • Jay Brock Stout RB/CB
  • Jay Eli Stephens OL/DL
  • Jay Tucker Nowling WR
  • Pace Jackson Ward LB
  • Pace Chase Taylor LB
  • Pace Brayden Gates FS
  • Pace Carson Wright SS/WR
  • Gulf Breeze Gavin Quenneville S/WR
  • Gulf Breeze Luke Denby C/G/T
  • Gulf Breeze Shamane Walker DL/DT
  • Navarre Hunter Pfiester QB
  • Navarre Charlie Cottrell Center
  • Navarre Braydon Brown TE/H
  • Navarre Nate Hanson WR
  • Navarre Jaxson Spalla OL
  • Navarre Cameron Pollard OL
  • Choctaw Jesse Winsletter QB
  • Milton Malik Cobb RB
  • Milton London Snellgrove DL
  • Choctaw Jashawn Armstrong OLB
  • Choctaw Jonathan Boyd Safety
  • Choctaw Justin Whidbee Safety/P
  • Rocky Bayou Gideon Rossell RB/OLB
  • Rocky Bayou Cam DeWitt ILB/TE
  • Milton Kaden French LB
  • Milton Manuel Kimmons DL
  • Milton Jamarion Hadnot DL
  • Milton Jaydon Leverett WR
  • Milton Ethan Diamond QB
  • Milton Landon Pulliam K/P
  • Milton Carson Wolfe OLB
  • Niceville D.J. Robinson RB/LB
  • Niceville Landon Campbell C/DL
  • Niceville D.J. Shorts RB/LB

The Top Five Star Parts Of The Ice Flyers Early Season

December 10, 2023

By Bill Vilona Ice Flyers Correspondent

The Ice Flyers are now two months into their season. Time to take some quick stock.

When the team returns late Saturday from Illinois, after back-to-back games Friday and Saturday against the Quad City Storm, the Ice Flyers will have completed nearly one-third of their schedule.

It’s been a special start, so far, beginning with an unbeaten home record (8-0), current second-place position in the SPHL standings and crowd support.

Here are five elements that have stood out.

HOME PERFECTION

You can’t surpass unbeaten, right? At 8-0 at the Pensacola Bay Center, the Ice Flyers have won games with crowd-pleasing dramatics, including multiple wins after trailing in the first period. This team has always found an extra gear at the right time on home ice.

It is something that coach Gary Graham repeatedly discussed in media interviews and during the preseason gathering with Ice Flyers fans on the importance of playing well at home.

The team is between a 21-day gap this month between home games. Here is how Graham reflected after last Saturday’s big win against Peoria.

“We are confident in this building, but we don’t even talk about that stuff around here,” he said. “We haven’t talked about the standings. I honestly told the guys this first third of the season we are just trying get our identity.

“Trying to get guys going, trying to figure out who is going to be playing with who and what works. I like where we’re at with our depth and most importantly it’s the character.. of the group. That is the fun thing to watch.”

ATTENDANCE, COMMUNITY IMPACT

The Ice Flyers have attracted 38,897 fans for their first eight home games. That’s the most in the league, just ahead of the Huntsville Havoc. Their 4,862 per-game average is the third-best in the league, but already ahead of last year’s surge of attendance numbers.

Equally important, the Ice Flyers have spent quality time off-ice with supporters in a variety of charitable projects and other fun events like bowling with fans last Sunday.

“That is one of the reasons I wanted to come back (to coach),” Graham said. “I have seen what (Ice Flyers owner) Greg (Harris) has done over the last 10 years. When I interviewed for the job, I did some research on the team.

“(To) lead the league in attendance and lead the league in charitable donations… and when you see a team do that, it is something I can get on board with because I like to do stuff with my own personal business back home in the community (Fort Wayne, Indiana).

“When I ask guys to do that stuff, immediately guys raise their hand to volunteer. We recruited a good group of guys who want to get out do that stuff in the community and obviously that is something Greg really cares about.”

CAPTAIN’S HELP

Center Garrett Milan is playing in the same big impact way as he’s done throughout his Ice Flyers career. One difference, however, that Graham has liked is how teammates have been more immediate in rushing to his defense when trouble ensues on the ice and pushing and shoving begins.

“He’s a little pit bull. That is what I like about him,” Graham said. “He’s got jam. When I watched the film on last year’s season, I just saw this number 10 and he’s buzzing around and all of a sudden he has three guys on him.

“And I talked to the guys a lot during the summer when I was recruiting them and I said, ‘Hey, we can’t leave our captain in these isolated situations with three guys around him. We have to get in there like a wolfpack and back him up.’

“I think our identity has been that this year with guys like (Sean) Gulka and Malik (Johnson) and others who have been willing to take that side of things, where our skill guys don’t have to worry about that stuff as much.”

MULTIPLE PRODUCTION

The Ice Flyers went into the weekend with three of the league’s top five scorers. Milan leads the way with 6 goals and 12 assists (18 points) – second most points in the league, followed by newcomer Brett Mecrones (11 goals, 6 assists) at No. 4 and veteran Ivan Bondarenko (3 goals, 14 assists), who is No. 5 in scoring.

“We just have a lot of good guys in the room, lot of guys knowing their role and playing their role really well to the T,” said winger Dallas Comeau. “We have a good group, we have a very skilled and top-of-the-league group. And I think when we come together like we did (Saturday) we can take the league on.”

BOUNCE BACK

In their 16 games so far, the Ice Flyers have not lost back-to-back games. The most significant part the sequence occurred after an 8-1 loss at Birmingham – the worst margin of defeat – on Nov. 24 was followed by a 1-0 win at Macon on Nov. 26.

“Any time your group can show resiliency, that’s important,” Graham said. “Every game is part of the process the whole season. Getting them to just believe and trust each other is big.

“We are a team that is still learning. That starts with me and on down. I think the more cool and calm we present ourselves, myself being leader and on down, we handle adversity better. Just trying to ride those highs or lows and make sure it stays more even keel.”

Northview Earns First Win Of The Season 46-47 Over Elberta; Tate Tops Navarre

December 9, 2023

Tate 65, Navarre 62

The Tate High Aggies boys basketball team beat Navarre on the road 65-62 Friday night.

The Aggies will be at Pine Forest on Monday, December 11.

Northview 47, Elberta 46

The Northview High School boys basketball team earned their first win of the season 47-46 Friday night on the road at Elberta.

Leading scorer Luke Diamond had 11 points for the Chiefs, Jacob Spence added nine. Also for Northview, Jarret Bodiford and Austin Minchew added five each, while Austin Dunsford contributed six. Rhett Madden had two for NHS.

Northview will host the Jay Royals next Tuesday, December 12.

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