ECHL: Pensacola Sets Team Record

By Parker Neale
Wayne Cashman has definitely had an impact on the success of the Ice
Pilots after joining the team in the off-season. His numerous
transactions that created an entirely new look for the team on the ice
produced negative results initially as the team started off the season
by losing their first four games. However, since then, the Ice Pilots
have been on a tear. A new team record was set for the franchise when
they defeated the Birmingham Bulls, 6-5, in overtime this past Sunday.
That win has brought their winning streak to 7 consecutive games.

The Ice Pilots are led on offence by Jeff Bes. The veteran forward has
tallied 17 points on 4 goals and 13 assists, thus far. This total ties
him for second in the league in points and he has been nominated for
Player of the Week honors for this past week. Bes also recorded a point
in each of the seven wins during the streak.
The Ice Pilots have also received solid contributions during that
stretch from Allan Egeland (14 points), John Tripp (10 points) and Kevin
Colley (10 points). Tripp has been able to pop in goals during
opportune times as he sits atop the league with 3 game-winners. The Ice
Pilots have 6 players that have tallied 10 points through the season
thus far and 18 players that have notched at least one point. These
figures definitely signal a well-balanced attack.

On defence, Briane Thompson, Jay McGee and Scott McCallum have been able
to contribute points of their own. This threesome has also combined for
a plus/minus rating of +10.
And, in goal, Shawn Degagne and Scott LaGrand have provided a solid line
of defence and split their duties admirably. Degagne has also been
nominated for Goalie of the Week honors as he went 2-0 this past week
with a 0.900 save percentage and 3.00 goals against average.

The Ice Pilots face stiff competition from a strong Icegators squad,
much improved Arkansas Riverblades team and a Jackson Bandits group that
has won three of their last four games. However, it appears as though
the Icegators are up for the challenge as they are able to rely on
well-rounded offence and solid goaltending. They will be tested on
Friday as they face an improving Florida Everblades team and then play a
home-and-home versus Tallahassee on Saturday and Sunday.