It's business as usual for RiverHawks on holiday

The Augusta RiverHawks will not celebrate Thanks­giving the traditional way today.


Instead, the team will embark upon a six-hour drive to Huntsville, Ala., in search of its first win of the season. Augusta will face the Havoc at 8:30 tonight before playing Huntsville again Friday night. The RiverHawks return home Saturday for a 7:35 p.m. tilt against rival Knoxville.

“Huntsville is struggling a little bit as well,” Augusta coach Rob Miller said. “It’s early, but these are huge games for us.”

The RiverHawks (0-7-1) are in ninth place – last place – in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Though four months remain in the season, Augusta trails Huntsville (2-6-1) by four points for the last playoff spot. A pair of wins gets the RiverHawks back on track, while a pair of defeats would make catching up a more difficult task.

Augusta dropped home games Thursday and Friday to Pensacola, though it did score three goals in the second game. On Saturday at Fayetteville, the RiverHawks fell 3-2.

Augusta traded for right winger Shawn Skelly last week to boost the team’s lethargic offense (15 goals, eight games). In three contests, he’s posted a pair of assists but no goals.

“He’s a skill player,” Miller said. “He’s upset he hasn’t scored. He’s had some chances. But he’s a guy that’s not going to be shut down for long.”

• Former RiverHawks left winger Branden Kosolofsky was named the Easton Player of the Week, the league office announced this week.

After being traded last week to the Mississippi Surge, Kosolofsky has scored two goals and three assists in three games. In five contests this season with Augusta, Kosolofsky posted one assist.