Originally created 01/20/99

Lynx stop skid



BILOXI, Miss. -- Sometimes, it takes an ugly goal or two to help a struggling hockey team turn its fortunes around.

The Augusta Lynx got three ugly ones Tuesday night and snapped a five-game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Mississippi Sea Wolves at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum in the opener of a six-game road trip.

After the Sea Wolves (25-11-3) opened the scoring on a goal by Kevin Hilton midway through the opening period, the Lynx and goalie Judd Lambert took over.

Stu Bodtker was credited with Augusta's first goal with 2:44 left in the first period when his pass appeared to deflect off a Sea Wolves player's skate and past goalie Chuck Thuss. The goal knotted the game at 1-1 and ended a personal eight-game point-scoring drought for Bodtker.

Rookie Bryan Duce netted the eventual game winner 1:03 into the second period, his second game-winner of the season, that made it 2-1.

Darren Colbourne then made it 3-1 with his 17th goal of the year when he jammed at a loose puck and past Thuss with 45 seconds remaining in the second period.

Jonas Soling added his team-leading 23rd goal of the year three minutes into the third period when he took a whack at a loose puck in front of the net and the puck shot over Thuss' right shoulder. Colbourne added an assist on Soling's goal for his seventh multiple-point game this season.

Lambert recorded 35 saves, including 26 over the final two periods, for his second road victory over the Sea Wolves this season. The win improved his overall mark to 14-13-2 and his road record to 5-8-2.

After picking up its seventh straight win and extending their unbeaten streak to 14 games (13-0-1) Saturday night in a 3-2 win over the Lynx in Augusta, Mississippi has now lost its last two games. Tuesday marked its first regulation loss at home since the Lynx and Lambert beat them 2-1 on Nov. 14.

The Lynx (21-16-2) continue their road swing tonight at 8:05 against New Orleans, then travel to face Baton Rouge and Louisiana on Friday and Saturday.