New hockey team is worth your time

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After this past weekend, I would like long-suffering hockey fans in Augusta to know that the RiverHawks, and Southern Professional Hockey League hockey, returned to the old rock-'em, sock-'em hockey that was so popular here in the earlier Lynx days. We may have lost both games, but they were extremely hard-fought, and the caliber of play was considerably higher than any of the Lynx teams of the past five years.

Those who fondly remember our first real enforcer, Dan Kopec, will be reminded greatly of his play when they see Kevin Fukala play. He does his pre-game practice with no hat on, showing off his mohawk haircut to intimidate somewhat. On the ice, he's now 2-for-2 in two games, winning each bout with one single punch.

Fighting is not the whole story in a hockey game at all, but those of you who missed the old days of rough hockey here: It's back! Plus, this team is a much better skating, harder checking and better passing and shooting team than any of the past five or six Lynx teams, regardless of league.

It's entertaining sport, and I urge the folks to come out and support this team. You'll get more than your money's worth with the RiverHawks. They're in fourth place, six points out of first. Catch them tonight and Saturday.

Sam G. Roney

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sjgraci 12/17/10 - 12:28 am
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Well, the River Hawks

Well, the River Hawks probably would have easily beaten the final incarnation of the Augusta Lynx; I'll give you that. The hockey is good but it's not the ECHL. That said, go to the games. It's worth it and the team deserves Augusta's support. They are trying to do the right things for the community.

Hockey is a great game and the level of play in this league is very accessible to those new to the game. If you don't understand something like offsides or icing, ask. Someone at the games will gladly fill you in. Once you get the basics it's a fun game to watch. Also, a little tip, sit in the corners of the rink as opposed to center ice. You see more of the ice and you'll see the plays develop better.

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