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.
Good to the last shot.
Mike McKenna had a strong quality start allowing just 1 goal on 20 shots for his first win of the season.
NOR Bochenski, (4) (Konopka, Heward), 0:24 (PP)
MCH Purcell, (4) (Voynov), 7:13
NOR Konopka, (5) (Ward), 19:55
Zenon Konopka and McKenna were the game's first and second star. Jonathan Quick, of the Connecticut Quicks, got third star honors for Manchester in defeat.
Norfolk outshot Manchester 27-20 in the game largely on the strength of a lopsided 13-2 shot total in the third period that ended with Konopka scoring the game winner with 5 seconds left on a lucky bounce out from behind the net. When you outwork a team like that when the chips are down, more often than not you get those bounces.
The win moves the Ads to 5-6-4 on the season with a chance to move to .500 tomorrow afternoon. They currently sit 3 points behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, which is fourth in the division. Now, unfortunately, Norfolk's opponent tomorrow afternoon is the Providence Bruins, who have historically taken great pleasure in torturing the young Bolts over the past few seasons. It's a tough spot being the third game in three nights, especially with the short turnaround, and it'll be key for Karri Ramo, who I would presume will get back in tomorrow, to really be sharp to get the team over.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
Another multi-pointer for Barberio ... five Firsts for Tokarski ... your Ugly Stat of the Day ... and who did Lightning co-owner Len Barrie watch his son with at the Vancouver-Kelowna game?
No.16. Clarkson Golden Knights 1 @ Harvard Crimson 5 (ECAC)
C/W Alexander Killorn, HAR: 0-0-0, E, 2 PIM (boarding)
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-2-3, E, 14 PIM
No.7 Northeastern Huskies 5 @ No.15 Vermont Catamounts 3 (Hockey East)
C/W Matt Marshall , UVM: 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-1-2, +2, 4 PIM
No.1 Boston University Terriers 1 @ No.20 UMass Minutemen 5 (Hockey East)
D John Wessbecker , UMass: 0-0-0, +3, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-2-2, +10, 8 PIM
UMass convincingly upset the No.1 team in the country. The Terriers had scored at least six goals in each game of a three game win streak that the Minutemen ended.
*USCHO poll used for rankings.
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.