Originally created 02/16/99

Overtime: ECHL names Pettersen week's best



Surprise! Surprise!.

Lars Pettersen of the Augusta Lynx is the East Coast Hockey League player of the week.

After scoring five goals in the third period last Thursday night in a 7-6 loss to Birmingham, the decision was a no-brainer. For the week, Pettersen had seven goals and two assists for the Lynx.

The 22-year-old Lynx center became the first player in ECHL history and only the third player in North American pro hockey history to score five goals in one period.

On behalf of Pettersen, a case of pucks will be donated to the Augusta area youth hockey organization by C & T Hockey Products, supplier of pucks for the ECHL.

Goaltender of the week honors go to Richmond Renegedes' Maxime Gingras, who posted a 2-1-0 record with a 1.34 goals against average last week.

The 20-year-old goalie set the ECHL record for shutouts in a season with his sixth and seventh blankings of the season. The Lynx (28-18-4) return to the ice on Friday with a game in Mobile against the Mysticks, who defeated Augusta in a 3-2 shootout Saturday night at the Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center.

Augusta's next home game will be Thursday, Feb. 5, against the South Carolina Stingrays.

PRO FOOTBALL:

Reggie White made it official Monday. The Green Bay Packers said the All-Pro defensive end turned in his retirement letter to general manager Ron Wolf at the team's corporate offices Monday.

The 37-year-old White, the NFL's career sacks leader, had said last season would be his last. But there had been hints he might change his mind after the Packers hired his longtime friend, Ray Rhodes, as new head coach, replacing Mike Holmgren.

"He's officially retired. It's over. I think he's had it," Packers spokesman Lee Remmel said.

Al Testaverde, the father of New York Jets quarterback Vinny Testaverde and his biggest booster, died of a heart attack while vacationing in Florida. He was 66.

Al Testaverde, who lived on Long Island, died Sunday in Fort Lauderdale while with his wife, Josie.

Funeral services will be Thursday in Hempstead, N.Y.