Originally created 02/21/99

Mysticks hold on for 4-3 win



BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Scott Bailey must have been on the minds of the Augusta Lynx on the long bus ride home from Birmingham Saturday night.

The Bulls goaltender turned away a host of Lynx scoring chances in the opening period and again in the closing moments of the third, and Birmingham held on for a 4-3 victory at the Birmingham Civic Center.

Bailey, who joined the Bulls last month from Orlando of the International Hockey League, recorded 39 saves. None were bigger than those which came during a late flurry by the Lynx in the game's final minute.

Joe Seroski gave the Bulls a 1-0 lead at 5:08 of the first period, and Lynx defenseman Chad Wilson answered with his sixth goal at 8:15. But with the game tied at 1-1 after one period, the fatigue factor certainly caught up with the shorthanded Lynx, who entered the game with just 13 skaters due to call-ups to the AHL of Jaroslav Obsut, Jonas Soling and Stewart Bodtker and a one-game suspension being served by Chris Thompson.

In the second period, the Bulls scored three unanswered goals, including Seroski's second of the game, to take a 4-1 lead.

But Augusta (29-19-4) battled back in the third period on goals by Bryan Duce, his 13th, and Darren Colbourne, his 23rd, to make it a one-goal contest.

With Lynx goalie Judd Lambert -- who again turned in a strong performance in defeat, stopping 37 of 41 shots -- pulled for an extra skater in the final minute, the Lynx had several scoring chances from point-blank range, but Bailey delivered for the Bulls (26-23-3).

Colbourne's third-period goal was the 317th of his ECHL career, leaving him eight goals shy of shattering the league's all-time mark. He also extended his point-scoring streak to 10 straight games.

The Lynx return home to take on Southeast Division rival South Carolina at home on Thursday. The game will be broadcast live on Jones Intercable.