With overtime looming in a tight 3-3 contest, Pensacola's Luke Fulghum took advantage of a slight Augusta mistake and knocked in the game-winner Wednesday night.
"(Adam) Courchaine made a great read and saw that the goalie was out of position," Fulghum said. "And I just put it in. It was a tough angle, but those are the goals you get sometimes."
In a thrilling, roller-coaster matchup dominated throughout by Augusta, Pensacola escaped with a 4-3 victory on Fulghum's goal with 56 seconds.
The Lynx began the night on a tear, putting up the game's first 12 shots. But lucky No. 13 came from the stick of Pensacola's Brendan Cook, as he put away a breakaway goal on the team's first shot of the night.
Despite amassing a huge advantage in shots on goal, bettering the Ice Pilots by a margin of 40-17 and 21-4 in the first period alone, Pensacola played an opportunistic brand of hockey, taking advantage of seemingly every Augusta mistake to produce numerous odd-man rushes.
At the heart of the victory was a stellar performance from Ice Pilots goaltender Frederic Cloutier, as he made 37 saves.
"I saw the puck pretty good today, but (the Lynx) were screening pretty good," Cloutier said. "My (defensemen) made sure that I could see everything coming at me. So it was a good night for me."
Neither team could put together a scoring run, as each goal was answered by the other team. The Ice Pilots added a second-period goal from Shaun Landolt and a second goal from Cook in the third.
Lost in the defeat was a two-goal performance from Augusta winger Nicolas Corbeil, who answered the game's opening score with a power-play goal late in the first period and scored another game-tying goal, knotting it at 3-3 midway through the final period. Dan Sullivan added the other Lynx tally.
Despite giving up four goals on only 16 Pensacola shots, Augusta goaltender Jason Wolfe kept the Lynx in the game in the second period with several key stops, including a sprawling save to stop a shorthanded chance late in the period.
"A game like that is probably the toughest game for a goaltender to play when you're not seeing a whole lot of action," first-year Augusta coach Bob Ferguson said.
"With all the sustained pressure, it usually leads to odd-man rushes on the other end."
Augusta was strong on the penalty-kill, stopping all four Pensacola opportunities.
But the Lynx could not capitalize enough of their own key power-play opportunities, going just 1-for-6 on the night.
"The effort was there, and it's a frustrating way to lose," Ferguson said. "You can't get upset with the players because they played hard from start to finish."
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