News 12 @ 11 Saturday March 29, 2008
Augusta, Ga--In front of the largest crowd of the season of 5,542 fans, a 5-2 lead in the 3rd period wasn't enough for the Augusta Lynx, as the Mississippi Sea Wolves stormed back with three goals in a seven-minute span to ultimately defeat the Lynx 6-5 in a shootout.
The game started with plenty of fireworks with a fight just :21 seconds into the game. The Sea Wolves got on the board first with a goal from Torry Gadja. The Lynx answered with a goal from Chase Watson, who with a power play winding down, slipped one past Morgan Cey to tie the game. The Sea Wolves answered back with a shorthanded goal from Andy Contois to make it 2-1 after one period.
The second period opened with a fight between heavyweights Will Bodine and Michael Couch. That charged up the Lynx and Travis Fuller tied the game, as he collected a shot from Adrian Veideman off the end boards and put a rebound home to tie the score at 2-2. Fuller made it 3-2 thanks to a 2 on 1 with Ryan Dingle after a breakout pass from Jamie McKinven.
The Lynx increased the lead early in the 3rd period to 4-2 with a quick goal from Bobby Bolt, who got a great pass from Matt Auffrey and more help from Tim Branham. The Lynx increased the lead to 5-2 and chased Cey from the net with a goal from Shane Hynes, who took a pass from Louis Goulet and slipped one underneath Cey for the three-goal lead.
However, it would not be enough for the Lynx as goals from Brandon Scero, Ryan Menei, and another from Contois on the power in a span of seven minutes tied the game at 5-5 for the Sea Wolves, who seemed to charged up because of the switch in goal from Cey to rookie John Hallas. The Sea Wolves had a glorious chance to win in regulation with an extended 5 on 3 power opportunity with less than three minutes remaining, but good penalty killing by Goulet, Veideman and Jason Platt sent the game to overtime. After nothing w as decided in the overtime, the game would be decided in the shootout. Out of the four Lynx shooters, Hynes was the only one who managed to get a good sniff at a goal, but his shot rang off the right post, while Chase Trull and Jason Tejchma beat Levasseur over the catching glove to give the shootout win to Mississippi.