A wild second period, featuring eight goals and one big fight, gave new life to the Augusta RiverHawks on Thursday night.
A six-goal period led the RiverHawks to a 6-2 rout of the Huntsville Havoc at Augusta Ice Sports Center.
The RiverHawks set a team high for the season with six goals in the second period, including four within 3 minutes.
The RiverHawks remain alive in the playoff race, sitting four points back of the Havoc with six games left.
RiverHawks fans reminded the Havoc of the race for the eighth and final playoff spot, chanting “four points back” as time expired.
“It’s good to play well against them,” coach Mark Richards said. “Guys got quality chances and we exposed their weaknesses. We finished off goals.”
Defenseman Drew Baker led the RiverHawks with two goals.
Augusta (18-28-4) had 14 shot attempts in the first period, but all were turned away by Huntsville goalie Dan McWhinney.
The opportunities turned into goals in the second period. Baker and Joe Schiller scored within the first 3 minutes of the period, followed by a Huntsville (19-26-6) goal.
Midway through the second period, with the score 2-1, Augusta pounded McWhinney for four goals in 3 minutes. Baker scored his second, followed by goals from Dennis Sicard, Taylor Larsen and Casey Mignone.
Following the onslaught, the two teams dropped the gloves, resulting in a game misconduct for Sicard after he knocked McWhinney to the ice.
The RiverHawks scored on six of 10 shots in the second period, and McWhinney was replaced for the third.
“Sometimes things just roll,” Augusta captain Matt Auffrey said. “We’re in a tight spot, so we have to bear down, but also score. It’s good to get another win against them.”