Augusta RiverHawks find late magic in win over Mississippi RiverKings

RiverHawks 4, RiverKings 3 (SO)

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With a month-long road trip on the horizon, the Augusta RiverHawks left fans something to remember from their two-game homestand.

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RiverHawks right winger Casey Mignone (left) handles the puck in front of Mississippi defenseman Mike Baran during the second period.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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RiverHawks right winger Casey Mignone (left) handles the puck in front of Mississippi defenseman Mike Baran during the second period.

After Friday’s game resulted in a game-winning goal with 12 seconds left for Augusta, the RiverHawks again found magic with 12 seconds to go Saturday, tying the game at that mark. The RiverHawks went on to win in a 4-3 shootout at James Brown Arena.

“The fans definitely got their money’s worth,” interim coach Mark Richards said. “To score twice with 12 seconds left like that, it’s rare. We were able to pull out an exciting win at home.”

Casey Mignone scored two goals for Augusta (9-18-3), both to tie the game. The second tied the game at 3 with only 12 seconds left on the clock in the third period.

After a scoreless overtime, Shawn Skelly put the RiverHawks on the board on their fourth try in the shootout. Mississippi’s (14-13-5) attempt was stopped by goalie Robert Moss, giving the RiverHawks the win.

“Our goalie was the difference,” Richards said. “Moss was outstanding the whole game. He had a great game when we needed it.”

The RiverHawks began the game scoring their third power-play goal in two games when Kyle Watson found net with 5 minutes left in the first period.

The RiverKings answered with 1 minute remaining in the period on a goal by Darrell Stoddard to tie it at 1.

The second period mirrored the first as each team scored once. The RiverKings took a temporary lead early in the period when Mike MacDonald scored.

The RiverHawks quickly answered halfway through the period on Mignone’s first goal.

The RiverKings took a 3-2 lead early in the third period and shut Augusta out in the final period until Mignone’s second goal just before time expired.

“I have to give the team credit,” Richards said. “We stayed in the game. We threw one away in Fayetteville on Thursday, but otherwise it was a pretty good weekend.”

AUGUSTA 4, MISSISSIPPI 3 (SO)

STAR OF THE GAME: Robert Moss saved 43 of 46 shots, including four in the shootout, to preserve the win.

KEY PLAY: Casey Mignone scored with 12 seconds remaining in the third period to tie the game at 3.

NEXT: Augusta at Columbus, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.


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