Lighting prospect forward Chris Lawrence scored his first goal of the season tonight against the Florida Everblades in Estero. Defenseman Tim Branham scored a marker just seconds into the 3rd period to draw Augusta within a goal. But goaltender Mike Brodeur, playing in back-to-back games after a spectacular performance the night before, surrendered two short-handed goals in the 3rd as the Lynx dropped their third straight game. After only putting up 3 1st period shots following a lackluster offensive output the night before, Lawrence and Matt Auffrey led the team in putting up 26 2nd and 3rd period shots. Brodeur saw 48 Everblade shots after stopping 47 the night before. Former Lightning defensive prospect Doug O'Brien failed to score on 8 shots in the two games for Everblades.
Augusta falls to 5-5-1-1 and both teams make a trip back to James Brown Arena in Augusta next weekend for back-to-back rematch Friday and Saturday. The Dayton Bombers come into Augusta next Sunday for a matinee tilt against the Lynx.
Veteran ECHL goaltender Mike Brodeur stood on his head tonight, stopping 46 of 46 Florida Everblade shots through both regulation and overtime. But the punchless Lynx offense provided no support for Brodeur, and the Lynx lost the first of two games in Estero in a shootout 1-0. The Lynx only managed 16 shots through 4 periods: 2 in first, 5 in second, 5 in the third, and 4 in overtime. Lightning prospect forward Chris Lawrence was the first Lynx shooter in the shootout, but none of the Augusta shooters converted against undrafted Clarkson University product David Leggio.
Augusta falls to 5-4-1-1 and tomorrow night's rematch against the Florida Everblades and Minnesota Wild prospect goaltender Anton Khudobin looks bleak unless the Lynx can discover some offensive punch.
G Riku Helenius, 3-2-1-0, 0 SO, 3.24 GAA, .902 sv% *
indicates not on current roster
* indicates Rookie
In today's Augusta Chronicle, head coach John Marks said he expects an additional forward will be reassigned to the Lynx prior to this weekend's back-to-back tilt against the Florida Everblades.
The South Carolina Stingrays blanked the punchless Lynx 4-0 in an afternoon tilt at James Brown Arena. The Lynx, coming off an impressive offensive effort after losing Slattenren and Keller to the AHL, put up 25 shots but Washington Capitals 2006 2nd round rookie prospect netminder Michal Neuvirth slammed the door shut for his first professional shutout. Lighting rookie prospect goaltender Riku Helenius allowed four goals on 26 shots, while Kevin Quick was scoreless on four shots. Forward Chris Lawrence who was reassigned to Augusta from Norfolk by the Lighting earlier in the day, has not yet joined the team.
South Carolina 4 @ Augusta 0
G Riku Helenius: 4 GA; 60:00 MIN; 22 SV; 26 SH
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; E; 0 PIM; 4 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: did not play
Augusta falls to 5-4-1 and hits the road for a back-to-back tilt against the Florida Everblades in Estero next Friday and Saturday.
The Norfolk Admirals have announced that they have sent RW/C Chris Lawrence down to Augusta of the ECHL. Lawrence, who is in his second professional season, has struggled with just 1 assist in 10 games for the Admirals after a strong Traverse City tournament for the Lightning. Lawrence may return to Norfolk after the team's week long road trip through the northeast that begins on Tuesday at Lowell.
Kevin Quick assisted on the game-winning power-play goal as the Augusta Lynx defeated the Charlotte Checkers in OT on Friday night. It was just Augusta's 2nd home game of the season as the Lynx surrendered a 3-1 lead in the 3rd period, but took advantage of an Charlotte hooking penalty in the extra session and reclaimed the victory. Riku Helenius was given the night off as recent signee Mike Brodeur made 30 saves for Augusta's 5th win of the season.
Charlotte 3 @ Augusta 4 OT
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 0-1-1; +1; 0 PIM; 3 SOG
Augusta improves to 5-3-1 and continues their home stand against the South Carolina Stingrays on Sunday afternoon.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have reassigned forward Justin Keller to the Norfolk Admirals from the ECHL's Augusta Lynx, Admirals General Manager Mike Butters announced today.
Keller, 22, is a 6'0", 181-pound forward from Nelson, British Columbia. He was originally assigned from Norfolk to Augusta on October 22 and put up four goals and an assist in four games with the Lynx. In two games for Norfolk to begin this season, the third-year pro registered one assist.
Keller was one of just three players with a Lightning NHL contract that was not invited to this year's training camp, and has struggled to distinguish himself with the new forward depth in the Tampa system that the new club ownership has acquired. In two prior professional seasons with Norfolk and Springfield, Keller has scored 28 goals and 23 assists in 130 AHL games played. Keller's three-year entry-level contract expires at the end of this season.
Justin Keller returned to the lineup for the Lynx scoring 55 seconds into the game and leading a 4 goal first goal 1st period as Augusta cruised to a 6-3 road victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Keller fired a game high 9 shots and added an assist. Kevin Quick tallied 2 assists and was +2 and Riku Helenius stopped 40 of 43 shots for the win. The hometown media deserves an eyebrow raise for naming two Sea Wolves to the game's three stars.
Augusta 6 @ Mississippi 3
G Riku Helenius: 3 GA; 60 MIN; 43 SH; 40 SV
D Kevin Quick: 0-2-2; +2; 0 PIM; 1 SOG
W Justin Keller: 1-1-2; +1; 2 PIM (hooking); 9 SOG
Augusta improves to 4-3-1 and returns home to James Brown Arena to take on the Charlotte Checkers November 10th.
With Lynx captain Aaron Slattengren signing an AHL contract with Portland (and scoring against the Admirals) on Thursday and Justin Keller still out of the lineup due to injury, the Augusta offense was on short circuit as the Lynx was blanked 5-0 by the Charlotte Checkers. Riku Helenius allowed 5 goals on 31 shots for his first regulation loss of the season.
Augusta 0 @ Reading 5
G Riku Helenius: 5 GA; 60 MIN; 31 SH; 26 SV
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; Even; 2 PIM; 2 SOG
W Justin Keller: did not play
Augusta next plays on November 5th in Biloxi against the Mississippi Sea Wolves.
Augusta Lynx Head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations John Marks announced today that the Lynx have agreed to terms with free agent goaltender Mike Brodeur. Brodeur, a 2003 7th round pick of the Chicago Blackhawks, played 13 AHL games for Norfolk and Rockford between the 2004-05 and 2007-08 seasons. The 6-foot-2, 170-pound netminder is a veteran of 88 career ECHL games with a record of 46-34-8 and a 0.922 save percentage and 2.65 GAA. Marks has coached Brodeur twice before at Pensacola and Greenville. "Mike's a reliable goaltender who has the talent to play in the NHL," Marks said. "I'm very excited to be working with him again."
Veteran Lynx netminder Joel Martin was released from his contract today after struggling in 3 starts with a 4.08 GAA and a 0.867 save percentage. Lightning prospect Riku Helenius is among the rookie goaltending leaders in the ECHL with a record of 2-0-1 and a 0.924 save percentage and 2.53 GAA in 3 starts.
Lighting training camp invitee Sean O'Connor was also released from his contract today by the Lynx.