Florida ices Augusta again

One of the only things that's been able to stop the Augusta Lynx the past two months showed up again Friday night at James Brown Arena.


The Florida Everblades motored into Augusta for the fourth time this season and left with their third win on the Lynx's home ice in three weeks, this time 3-1.

Adam Taylor scored two of Florida's three second-period goals, and goaltender Craig Kowalski was outstanding for the Everblades, who moved to 4-0 against Augusta this season.

A win would have put Augusta (28-21-2) into a third-place tie with Florida (30-15-2) in the ECHL's South Division, but the Everblades frustrated Augusta's potent offense to move four points ahead.

Augusta plays host to Charlotte tonight.

Though they mustered 37 shots, the Lynx could never seem to get a bounce and were held to their lowest offensive output since Dec. 20.

Four of Augusta's five losses since Jan. 5 have come to Florida.

The Everblades were playing without head coach Gerry Fleming on the bench because of a suspension and were without several of their top scorers.

Shane Hynes scored Augusta's only goal early in the third period, and Dave McKee took the loss.

Kowalski, on the other end, saved 36 shots for his 17th win.

Taylor broke a scoreless tie 1:57 into the second period, finishing a rebound off a Brad Parsons shot past McKee.

Vince Bellissimo made it 2-0 less than three minutes later by chipping home a loose puck during a goal-mouth scramble at Augusta's net.

Kowalski repeatedly denied the Lynx on several great chances, including a 1-on-1 breakaway save on Garrett Bembridge.

Taylor put Florida up 3-0 at 13:01 of the second period with a perfectly placed wrist shot from the right circle that went in over McKee's shoulder.

Thanks to some standout saves from McKee that helped kill a 3-on-5 power play, the Lynx got some momentum going early in the third period.

They ruined Kowalski's shutout bid with 14:02 left in the game when Hynes netted a rebounded shot from Sean Blanchard.

Augusta had a number of scoring chances in the final 10 minutes, but Kowalski rose to the occasion each time.

Parsons finished with three assists, and Bellissimo's goal and three points gave him nine points in his past four.

Passmore extended his point-scoring streak to six games, and Hynes now has six points in the past three games.

NOTES: Augusta added G Ted Monnich as an emergency backup to McKee on Friday. G Nathan Marsters suffered a lower-body injury last weekend.

Reach Steve Sanders at (706) 823-3216 or steven.l.sanders@augustachronicle.com.



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