Lynx drop Nailers 3-2

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AUGUSTA---With a 3-2 win over the Wheeling Nailers on Wedneday night in Augusta, the Lynx moved into a 4th place tie with the Florida Everblades in the South Division standings, with the next three games coming up against the Everblades in Florida.

If there was any thought of the Lynx looking ahead to this weekend, it was quickly erased in the 1st period as the Lynx jumped out to a 2-0 lead. Matt Christie started the scoring with his 8th goal of the season, which was a tip-in on the backdoor after a great pass from Garrett Winder and help from Chase Watson. The Lynx increased the lead to 2-0, as Matt Auffrey chipped home a puck past Nailers goaltender Curtis Darling with assists to Bobby Bolt and Louis Goulet. Lynx goaltender Gerald Coleman was perfect in the period stopping all 11 shots.

The 2nd period saw Wheeling get on the board as they took advantage of a Lynx turnover behind their own goal that saw Joe Guenther get the pu ck in front and put it past a surprised Coleman to make it 2-1. However, the turning point in the game came late in the 2nd period as Brian Yandle hammered home is first goal as an Augusta Lynx with only :08 seconds remaining to make it 3-1 going into the lockerroom. Adrian Veideman and James Brannigan earned assists on the goal.

In the 3rd period the Lynx pounded the Nailers net with 22 shots on goal, but couldn't get anything else behind Darling. A late goal from Wheeling's Matt Byrnes made it 3-2, but that was a close as the Nailers would get. The Lynx outshot Wheeling 55-23 in the game and now head out for a three-game road swing at Florida against the Everblades.

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