The Augusta RiverHawks and the RiverHawks Booster Club have teamed up for a promotion honoring local military.
The booster club presented the team with a $1,000 check Monday to put toward the RiverHawks’ Patriots and Pucks game Feb. 17.
The Patriots and Pucks game is a way for the organization to honor local military by allowing soldiers and their families to attend the game. The booster club presented the check to sponsor soldiers and bring more of them to the game.
“This is an ideal way to say thank you to the troops for what they do, but also say thank you to Bob and Diane Kerzner, and the whole RiverHawks organization, for keeping hockey in Augusta,” booster club president Phillip Chandler said. “Without them, we are dead in the water. Fridays and Saturdays can be incredibly long in the winter without hockey.”
The game, held on a Sunday at 4:35 p.m. against Fayetteville, will feature a military theme, including specialty jerseys worn by the RiverHawks that will be auctioned off after the game. Proceeds will benefit Fort Gordon Morale, Welfare and Recreation Programs.
To sponsor a soldier for the game or find out more information, visit fundrazr.com or call the RiverHawks at (706) 993-2645.
TOUGH STRETCH: The RiverHawks could be facing one of their toughest road trips of the season in the final weekend of a month-long stretch of away games.
The RiverHawks will travel to the Mississippi Surge for Friday and Saturday night games before winding up three games in three days with a 4 p.m. start Sunday against the Columbus Cottonmouths.
“It’s a huge weekend for us coming up, just like every game is,” coach Mark Richards said. “We’ve got to find a way to win some games. Sunday will be a tough game, I’m sure, but we’ve got to look in the mirror and stop making excuses, stop feeling sorry for ourselves, and start demanding the best effort every night.”
Augusta is coming off one win in three games last week, including back-to-back games against the Louisiana IceGators that the two teams split. The RiverHawks held the second-place IceGators to two goals in Friday’s win before falling behind 4-0 Saturday and failing to make up the deficit.
“When we play our best, we’re a tough team to beat,” Richards said. “It sounds foolish to say that as a last-place team, but we can be very competitive. If we can stay focused for three hours this weekend, hopefully we’ll have some good results.”
NEW IN NET: RiverHawks goalie Robert Moss went on a three-game stretch over the past two weeks where he allowed six goals, giving up just two in each game against Louisana, Fayetteville and Knoxville. However, a rough game against Louisiana on Saturday provided an opportunity for a new name.
Moss allowed four goals in 17 shot attempts against the IceGators before newcomer Nick Niedert replaced him for the next 28:45 of the game. Niedert allowed one goal in 16 attempts.
Niedert was acquired by Augusta on Jan. 30, sitting as a backup to Moss until Saturday. The 30-year-old played 15 games between the CHL, FHL and ECHL this season before the RiverHawks signed him. He has SPHL experience dating back to 2004, including three games with Knoxville last season.