Augusta Lynx

Tonight Could Be Last Lynx Home Game

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.

“I think we’re going to have to have an investor,” co-owner Dan Troutman said. “Quite frankly, we’ve got one more home game and then we’re gone for three weeks... The long story short is we’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.

ECHL Game Night 11/27: Lynx at Gladiators

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.

ECHL: Lynx Has Not Folded

WJBF-TV Channel 6 in Augusta is reporting that the ECHL announced late Wednesday afternoon that the Augusta Lynx will remain a member of the league. From that JFBF report:

A release from ECHL Senior Vice President of Communications Jack Carnefix said “In response to published reports about the future of the Augusta Membership, the ECHL hereby announces that contrary to those reports the Augusta Lynx continue as a member in the ECHL. Any rumors to the contrary are simply not true. Augusta plays at Gwinnett on Thursday at 7:05 p.m. and hosts Charlotte on Saturday at 7 p.m. before traveling to Charlotte on Sunday at 4 p.m.”

The announcement came in response to a report on the Charlotte Observer newspaper web site Wednesday that said the Charlotte Checkers, as well as other ECHL teams, were adjusting their schedule to account for the Lynx disbanding. The report went on to say that the ECHL Board of Governors would meet to decide Augusta’s fate on Wednesday. The ECHL’s release came confirming the Lynx membership in the league came after that meeting.

By early Wednesday afternoon, the report had been removed from the Observer’s web site.

ECHL Game Night 11/22: Bombers at Lynx

Kevin Quick opened the scoring Sunday for the Lynx giving Augusta a 1-0 lead over the visiting Dayton Bombers with a power-play marker 8:19 into the 1st period on a feed from fellow Bolt prospect Chris Lawrence. Forward Patrick Bordeleau used his 6-foot-6, 225-pound frame to screen Dayton goaltender Tyler Plante, and Quick's shot squeezed through for the early lead. Coming off a franchise worst 12-0 loss the previous night to Florida, the Lynx rebounded with a 17-5 shot differential in the 1st period against the Bombers, but Dayton would battle back, tallying even strength and power play goals in the 2nd period and handing the Lynx a 2-1 defeat. This was Augusta's sixth straight loss, and their third in three nights.

Dayton 2 @ Augusta 1
G Riku Helenius: did not play
D Kevin Quick: 1-0-1; E; 0 PIM; 1 SOG
F Chris Lawrence: 0-1-1; -1; 4 PIM (cross-checking; interference); 1 SOG

Augusta falls to 5-8-1-1, and play next on Thanksgiving night at 7:05pm EST against the Gwinnett Gladiators at the Gwinnett Center Arena in the north Atlanta suburb, before a home-and-home series with the Charlotte Checkers next Saturday and Sunday.

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