In a Friday afternoon press conference, Augusta Lynx co-owners announced that if an investor or partner isn't found "in a matter of days", the team will fold.
Saturday night's home game against the Charlotte Checkers will be just the 7th home game of the season, and 3rd weekend home game for the team. The Lynx aren't scheduled to play another home game until December 16th.
â€œI think weâ€™re going to have to have an investor,â€ co-owner Dan Troutman said. â€œQuite frankly, weâ€™ve got one more home game and then weâ€™re gone for three weeks... The long story short is weâ€™ve got to have some money quicker than we can do it with just attendance."
If the Lynx fold, Lighting prospects Kevin Quick, Chris Lawrence, and Riku Helenius could be recalled to Norfolk of the AHL since there are no roster limit maximums in the AHL, but presumably that would be a temporary solution.
Harvard Crimson 1 @ No.5 Boston College Eagles 5
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-1-1, -2, 4 PIM (high sticking, hitting-after-the-whistle), 2 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 2-5-7, -1, 22 PIM
St. Lawrence Saints 4 @ No.17 UMass Minutemen 3
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 10 GP, 0-2-2, +8, 10 PIM
UMass scored two goals with the goalie pulled in the gameâ€™s final minute to pull to 4-3. They got one last shot off to try to tie the game, but the shot was blocked.
*USCHO poll used for rankings.
It was an inexplicably passive third period.
Karri Ramo allowed 4 goals on 29 shots for the loss.
WBS Thomas, (2) (Letestu, Richmond), 16:12 (PP)
NOR Boyle, (2) (Simek, Kearns), 19:39
WBS James, (7) (Jeffrey), 12:59 (SH)
NOR Jones, (4) (Konopka, Bochenski), 19:16 (PP)
WBS James, (8) (Lovejoy, Caputi), 10:57
WBS Taffe, (12) (Caputi, Wallace), 16:35
NOR Bochenski, (8) (Konopka, Potulny), 19:31
Brandon Bochenski was named the game's second star.
I'm absolutely flabbergasted. Norfolk played 40 minutes of very solid hockey only to come out flat as a pancake in the final period to take the loss. It's a tough one to take. Maybe it was expecting too much considering the team had 4 players called up, but they played so well in the first couple of periods its shocking how badly they got rolled in the third.
Blair Jones extended his point streak to 4 games with a power play goal. Jones, a righty shot, is once again being used on the point on the power play as he has been from time to time in his professional career, and the Admirals seem to be running a lot of their PP set pieces through Jones and his ever improving point shot. His goal tonight came with Vladimir Mihalik being used in front of the net as a king-sized screen.
Norfolk squares off with the Penguins again tomorrow night.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Nik Backstrom owns the Lightning.
Mike Smith allowed 3 goals on 32 shots in the loss.
12:07 MIN Nolan (3), (Miettinen, Sheppard)
19:20 TB Vrbata (3), (Stamkos, Ranger)(PP)
09:51 TB Malone (6), (Lecavalier)
02:01 MIN Sheppard (2), (Bergeron, Zidlicky)
06:10 MIN Koivu (6), (Miettinen, Bergeron)
19:37 MIN Belanger (6), (unassisted)
The Lightning had their chance to tie late on a 5-on-3 opportunity, but Nik Backstrom slammed the door.
Steve Downie had 2 shots, 1 hit, and 1 blocked shot in 6:05 in his Lightning debut.
Steven Stamkos had an assist and was -2 with 3 shots and 2 hits in a career high 20:32 of ice time. He also was 33% on draws.
Brampton Battalion 5 @ Niagara Ice Dogs 6 (OT)
W Kyle DeCoste, BRA: 0-1-1, +1, 0 PIM
Season totals: DeCoste: 23 GP, 5-5-10, -8, 23 PIM
2008 first round defenseman Alex Pietrangelo scored the game winner in overtime for Niagara. Pietrangelo started the year with the St. Louis Blues, playing in eight games (0-1-1, Even rating) before being returned to juniors. He now has 11 points in five games for the Ice Dogs from the back line.
DeCoste hit the 10 point mark on the year with a second period primary assist on a goal by Canucks first rounder Cody Hodgson. It was Hodgson's 16th goal in 18 games since returning to juniors. DeCoste had 22 total points last season for the Battalion. Last year he didn't get his 10th point until December 16.
Dustin Tokarski made 22 saves in front of a hometown Prince Albert crowd to give Team WHL a 2-1 win and take the ADT CHL Canada-Russian Challenge 5-1 for the CHL. The CHL's only loss was by the QMJHL team in Game 2.
Kyle Beach (Chicago Blackhawks) had the game winner for the WHL.
Riku Helenius allowed 6 goals on 42 shots as the Gwinnett Gladiators defeated the Lynx 6-2. Augusta's winless streak now stretches to 7 games amid concerns of reports that the franchise is struggling financially. As of Thanksgiving, the Lynx have only had 6 home games, with only 2 of those games on the weekend.
No word on why Chris Lawrence was not in the lineup.
Augusta 2 @ Gwinnett 6
G Riku Helenius: 6 GA; 60:00 MIN; 42 SH; 36 SV
D Kevin Quick: 0-0-0; -1; 0 PIM; 0 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: did not play
Augusta falls to 5-9-1-1, and next play a home-and-home series with the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday and Sunday.
In response to the Steve Downie's recall to Tampa Bay, the Norfolk Admirals have recalled forward Mathieu Curadeau from the Fort Wayne Komets of the IHL, Admirals General Manager Mike Butters announced today.
Curadeau, a 6-foot-1, 185-pound native of MontrÃ©al, QuÃ©bec, has appeared in 13 games for the Komets and leads the team with 12 goals â€“ including five power play markers. His 19 points rank third on the squad and he also has seven assists and 14 penalty minutes with a +2 rating. Curadeau attended Admirals training camp and appeared in three preseason games, scoring one goal and one assist with six penalty minutes and six shots on goal. Curadeau signed an AHL Standard Player's Contract with the Admirals on August 27 and was assigned to Fort Wayne on October 6.
The 23-year-old is now in his second full professional year.
Johan Harju had a power play assist in Lulea's 3-2 overtime loss to Timra.
Andreas Holmqvist was scoreless in Djurgardens' 4-3 loss to Rogle.
Janne Niskala had 2 penalty minutes in Frolunda's 2-0 win over Farjestads.
Johan Harju had a power play goal in Lulea's 3-3 tie with Brynas.
Johan Harju had a goal in Lulea's 1-1 tie with HV 71.
Andreas Holmqvist had a goal and an assist, both on the power play, in Djurgardens' 4-2 win over Timra.
Janne Niskala was scoreless in Frolunda's 5-0 win over Rogle. In 5 games so far with the club, Niskala has 1 goal and 3 points with 4 penalty minutes and a +3 rating.