Originally created 11/17/00

Tiger Sharks hand Lynx another loss



TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- No need for the Augusta Lynx to demand a recount Thursday night. The numbers don't lie.

The Lynx played a sloppy defensive game and were done in by special teams that weren't special at all, as the Tallahassee Tiger Sharks dispatched them with relative ease in a 7-4 decision at Leon County Civic Center.

Andrew Long scored three goals and added three assists, and Tallahassee's power play scored four times in nine chances to push the Lynx's winless streak to three games (0-2-1) and drop their overall record to 5-6-2.

Augusta will enter tonight's game on the road against the Greenville Grrrowl tied with the Florida Everblades and Pee Dee Pride for last place in the Southeast Division.

The loss was also the first career defeat for rookie goalie Reg Bourcier, who made 36 saves on 43 shots and was not sharp. The 20-year-old Bourcier, who was named the ECHL's rookie of the month for October, entered the game with a 5-0-2 record.

Tallahassee entered the game ranked 22nd out of 25 teams in the ECHL on the power play (13.8 percent), but fattened up on a Lynx penalty kill that has been equally weak, ranking 22nd in the league at 75.4 percent.

With the victory, the Tiger Sharks avenged their Nov. 5 collapse against the Lynx when they blew a 4-0 lead and lost 5-4 in overtime.

Captain Scott Morrow, whose hat trick sparked the dramatic rally against Tallahassee nearly two weeks ago, scored two more goals Thursday, his ninth and 10th of the year, but this time, the Lynx were unable to overcome a 3-0 deficit.

Goalie Evan Lindsay played well for the Tiger Sharks, making 27 saves on 31 shots. Adam Copeland scored twice and added an assist for Tallahassee (6-8-1), while ECHL leading scorer Brent Cullaton added one goal and two assists, giving him 26 points overall.

Jonas Soling continued his strong start for the Lynx with his ninth goal of the year, and defenseman Tom O'Connor netted the other goal for Augusta, his second of the year.

After tonight's game, the Lynx will return home for the first time in almost a month when they take on the Everblades at the Civic Center on Saturday.