Originally created 01/19/00

Mason's return to Lynx unsure



Wes Mason is in Greenville, S.C., to represent the Augusta Lynx in tonight's ECHL All-Star Game at the Bi-Lo Center, but will he back in a Lynx uniform this season?

The 22-year-old Mason, who will start at right wing for the Southern Conference All-Stars, was recalled to Orlando of the International Hockey League on Jan. 2, but Lynx coach Dan Wiebe said last week that Mason could rejoin the Lynx after the all-star break.

"It depends on the situation in Orlando, in terms of them getting some of their forwards back healthy," Wiebe said. "If that happens, Wes could be back with us in the next week or so."

In six games since returning to Orlando -- Mason played in two games with the Solar Bears in November after the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers acquired him in a trade from the New Jersey Devils -- Mason has four goals and three assists, playing on the top line. He scored a pair of goals in Orlando's 6-1 win over Milwaukee last Tuesday.

But Wiebe said he was told by Orlando general manager John Weisbrod that Mason was expected to post good numbers while playing on the Solar Bears' top forward unit, and is with the team to be evaluated by the Thrashers.

In 28 games with the Lynx, Mason tallied 18 goals and 38 points, and earned the starting all-star nod for the Southern Conference.

Augusta also will be represented at the game by 12-year-old Matt Bielewicz of Martinez.

Bielewicz, who plays in the youth hockey league at the Augusta IceForum, skated with the players during the All-Star skills competition on Tuesday, and will be a stickboy during the game. He was randomly selected from hundreds of ballots submitted to the league. His father, Ron, is president of the Augusta Lynx booster club.

The All-Star game begins at 7 p.m. Good seats are still available at the Bi-Lo Center box office, and can be purchased by calling 1-888-ETM-TIXS, or on the Internet at www.etm.com.

The game will be broadcast live on WGOR-FM 93.9 (6:40 p.m.) and on the Internet at http://www.broadcast.com/sports/hockey/echl/echlallstar2000/. It also can be seen Thursday at 2 p.m. on ESPN2.