It took four attempts, but the Augusta RiverHawks finally got to the Pensacola Ice Flyers.
The RiverHawks picked up their first win in four games against the Ice Flyers this season, winning 4-1 on Saturday night at James Brown Arena.
In its first home game in a month, Augusta took advantage of two power-play goals to jump to an early lead. It marked the fifth game this year that the RiverHawks scored multiple power-play goals.
“We cashed in on opportunities,” Augusta coach Mark Richards said. “We had two goals from the crease, and that’s great to see. We committed to a full 60 minutes. We knew (Pensacola) was tired after playing four games in five days, and we jumped on the opportunity.”
Jesse Echternach led Augusta (15-24-3) with two goals to bookend the team’s four on the night. The other two came on power plays from Taylor McReynolds and Kyle Watson.
Echternach’s two goals gives him four in 15 games with the RiverHawks after scoring 10 goals in 53 games with the team last year.
“He works hard and he’s a good guy,” Richards said. “It’s nice to see him get rewarded. It’s nice to get that contribution from him. He has a good shot.”
RiverHawks goaltender Robert Moss stopped 25 of 26 shots from Pensacola (25-12-4) for his 12th win of the season. He outperformed Flyers goalie Gerry Festa, who started in place of Ross MacKinnon and stopped 27 of 31 shots.
Echternach put Augusta on the board first with a goal at the 14-minute mark in the first period. The RiverHawks are 11-7-2 when scoring first.
McReynolds scored his ninth goal of the season, and sixth in the past 14 games, to give Augusta a 2-0 lead in the first.
Pensacola cut the lead in half before the first period expired when Jeremiah Ketts scored his 15th goal of the season, but the Ice Flyers failed to catch up.
Watson’s power-play goal came late in the second period to give Augusta breathing room, and Echternach found net midway through the third period for insurance.