Originally created 03/20/00

Lynx lose, but gain a point



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- One point is better than none.

Chances are the Augusta Lynx uttered those words a few times on the bus ride home Sunday night.

On the downside, the Lynx blew a 2-0 lead in the second period and suffered a 3-2 shootout loss to the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks at the Leon County Civic Center.

But on the upside, they came away with another important standings point with a regulation tie, which extends their lead over Birmingham in the race for the 11th and final Southern Conference playoff berth.

With Sunday's result, the Lynx (29-30-4, 62 points) hold a two-point lead in the race for the final playoff spot over Birmingham (28-31-4, 60 points) and Tallahassee (27-30-6, 60 points) -- which pulled even with the idle Bulls with the victory.

The Lynx return to action Tuesday night at home vs. the South Carolina Stingrays (32-21-10), who already have clinched a playoff berth in the Southern Conference but are fighting to secure a first-round bye.

Making his 26th consecutive start, Lynx goalie Judd Lambert turned in another outstanding performance to make it a close contest, but suffered the hard-luck shootout loss after recording 42 saves in regulation.

Tallahassee's Olivier Morin scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Sharks outscored the Lynx 3-1 in the shootout to take the victory.

After a scoreless first period, the Lynx jumped to a 2-0 lead on goals by Louis Dumont and Andrei Chouroupov. The goals came 1:04 apart midway through the period, and both were set up after over-aggressive Tiger Sharks goalie Danny Lorenz misplayed the puck.

But the Sharks battled back, as Morin netted a power-play goal with 35 seconds left in the second period to slice the deficit to one. They tied it at 2 on a goal by Simon Tremblay at 11:21 of the third period.

Aside from the two costly mistakes, Lorenz turned in a strong performance, stopping 30 of 32 shots in regulation for the victory.



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