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.
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.
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 came back from an early 1-0 deficit, scoring three straight goals and Riku Helenius stopped 29 of 31 shots to seal the victory 3-2 over the Reading Royals. The Lynx improved to a record of 3-2-1 atop the American South Division. Kevin Quick was pointless, and finished -1 with 3 shots. Justin Keller, who scored 3 goals in his first two games with Augusta, was not in the lineup against the Royals, raising suspicions that he might have already been recalled back to Norfolk.
Augusta next plays on Oct 31 in Charlotte, NC against the Checkers.
Kevin Quick scored his first professional goal and Justin Keller added two markers of his own including a short-handed tally to lead an impressive Augusta comeback to defeat Elmira 5-3. Quick added a power-play assist and was +4 on the night. Keller's two goal effort earned him FIRST STAR honors behind a game-high 7 shots. The first half of the game was all Elmira as the Jackals went up 3-0 on the Lynx. Augusta would battle back in the second half of the game with 5 unanswered goals, kick-started by Patrick Bordaleau's power play goal assisted by Quick. Keller followed with his two goals to even the score, before Quick's game-winner gave the Lynx their first lead of the night. Riku Helenius yielded the pipes tonight to Joel Martin, but is expected to return to action Sunday afternoon against the Reading Royals.
Justin Keller wasted no time in his bid for a recall to Norfolk by scoring Augusta's first goal of the night, just 9 minutes into the first period. The Lynx fell short of victory in their first ever game against the Jackals, losing to Elmira in an OT heartbreaker. Riku Helenius stopped 24 of 28 shots. Kevin Quick was pointless, and finished -1 with 2 shots and 4 PIMs.
Augusta tangles with Elmira again on Saturday night.
Lightning prospect goaltender Riku Helenius stopped 44 of 46 shots and then 3 of 3 in the shootout to lead the Augusta Lynx to their first win of the season. It was Helenius' first professional win in his first pro start, earning him second star honors for the game. Former Lightning defensive prospect Art Femenella was the game's first star for his game-winning shootout goal.
The Lynx got regulation goals from their top guys Matt Auffrey and Aaron Slattengren, who also scored shootout goals with Femenella. Kevin Quick was pointless for his third game, and finished even with 2 shots and 2 PIMs.
Augusta resumes its road trip this weekend for a 3-in-3 at Elira and Reading.