Pee Dee Pride (23-6-2)
at Augusta Lynx (12-21-2)
When: 7:05 p.m.
Where: Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center
Radio: WGOR-FM 93.9
Pride -- Have fallen to third place in Southeast Division behind red-hot Greenville and Florida, despite going 7-2-1 in past 10 games. ... Under first-year coach Frank Anzalone, who coached Lowell (AHL) last season. ... Are 9-2-2 on road this season, including 2-0-0 at Civic Center. ... All-star C Dany Bousquet leads club in scoring (20 goals-18 assists-38 points). ... Rookie C Buddy Smith second in scoring (10-26-36), earned All-Star nod last week. ... One of top goaltending tandems in league in Sandy Allan (10-3-1, 2.18 goals-against average) and Paxton Schafer (13-3-1, 2.61). ... Second in league in defense, allowing 2.6 goals per game. ... Power play tops in league (25.6 percent), while penalty-killing unit is also No. 1 in the league, allowing only 16 power-play goals in 147 chances (89.1 percent).
Lynx -- Ended six-game skid with two convincing wins last weekend, outscoring Greensboro and Mobile 18-7. ... Are 0-2-1 against Pee Dee, including 5-4 loss at home on Dec. 23. ... RW Sandy Lamarre has three goals, three assists in past three games (1-3-4 vs. Mobile on Sat). ... LW Dean Tiltgen (13-7-20) has five goals, two assists in past three games. ... C Stewart Bodtker (6-13-19) registered five points vs. Mobile. ... RW Chris Thompson (12-12-24) recorded two goals, two assists vs. Mobile. ... C Andrei Chouroupov (10-12-22) has three goals, three assists in four games since moving from left wing to center. ... In first two games with Lynx, D Wes Swinson has three assists and plus-5 rating. ... Power play ranks 20th in league (16.8 percent), while penalty killing ranks 24th out of 28 teams (78.4).
NOTES AND QUOTES
Sam I am
The Lynx made it official on Monday with the signing of defenseman Sam Ftorek.
The 25-year-old Ftorek (pronounced fuh-TOR-ick) tallied 11 goals and 29 points with 128 penalty minutes in 62 games for the Lynx last season, and returns after playing in Switzerland this season.
After missing most of the season with the Kloten Flyers of the Swiss Elite League with a shoulder injury, Ftorek will make his season debut for the Lynx tonight at home vs. the Pee Dee Pride.
In addition to his role on the ice, Ftorek -- the son of New Jersey Devils head coach Robbie Ftorek -- also will assume the duties of director of recruiting. The position was created to utilize Ftorek's hockey contacts and will allow him to assist coach Dan Wiebe in the procurement of talent during the offseason.
Right winger Jonas Soling is expected to return to the lineup tonight after sitting out Saturday's 6-2 win over Mobile with a bruised knee.
The 21-year-old was injured after he was checked from behind in the third period Friday vs. Greensboro. In the game, Soling notched his second pro hat trick and added an assist.
For the record
The Lynx established several franchise records and season highs for the league with their 12-5 win over Greensboro on Friday, but the outburst surprisingly did not yield any ECHL records.
The 12 goals is the most for the Lynx since they beat Jacksonville 9-5 in their inaugural game, Oct. 15, 1998. The Nashville Knights set the ECHL standard with a 16-3 win over Huntington in 1994. Augusta's 12 goals and the 17 scored by both teams are league highs this season.
Other franchise records shattered by Augusta on Friday: most assists, team (22); most assists, individual (Lars Pettersen-5); most points, team (34); and largest margin of victory (7).
The following night, Greensboro lost 10-1 at Tallahassee.
-- Rob Mueller
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