After dropping the first two games of the season on the road, the Augusta RiverHawks have put last weekend behind them.
Augusta lost both games by a combined three goals at the Mississippi RiverKings. Now, the RiverHawks return to James Brown Arena for their home opener at 7:35 Friday night against the Fayetteville FireAntz before playing host to the Knoxville Ice Bears on Saturday night.
“We like being here in Augusta,” center Kyle Watson said. “We’re excited for this weekend, to play in front of the hometown crowd. Opening Night is one of the most fun games of the year.”
Last season, Augusta went 23-4-3 at home.
ON GOAL: First-year coach Rob Miller will have a big decision to make after Friday’s contest.
Augusta is currently carrying three goalies, with Robert Moss signing a three-game contract last week before the start of the season.
After rookie Alex Beaudry saved 34 of 39 attempts in the first game, Moss proved to be solid in the second game, stopping 38 of 40 shot attempts (.950 save percentage).
“I was impressed with him,” Miller said, “and even Beaudry on Friday I thought played pretty well considering.”
Miller said Tuesday he hasn’t made up his mind on who will be in net Friday – Beaudry, Moss or Peter Skoggard. After the contest, Miller will have to choose which two goalies to keep.
“It’s my decision to make,” he said. “It’s kind of up in the air right now.”
OUTSHOT: The RiverHawks have taken only 45 shots in six periods of play. Compare that to Mississippi, which scored on six of its 79 shots.
“It’s getting the puck in their zone and making plays off that,” alternate captain Jason Price said. “That’s what we have to do to get some offense going.”
PROMOTIONS: The RiverHawks are offering Family Four Packs for $44 for Friday night games. The package includes four lower-level tickets and a voucher for a large, one-topping pizza and four drinks from Marco’s Pizza.
On Saturday night, the RiverHawks are holding Ladies Night. After the game, a player auction will be held.