NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. - The Augusta Lynx passed another big test Friday night with a dramatic 2-1 shootout victory over the Kelly Cup champion South Carolina Stingrays.
Defenseman David Wilkie scored with 36 seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 1 and force overtime. Defenseman Martin Lapointe scored the game-winning goal in the 12th round of the shootout, giving the Lynx their first victory over the Stingrays since the 1999-2000 season.
The Lynx went 0-6-2 against South Carolina last season.
Making his second start of the season and coming off an impressive debut in a 5-2 win over Florida last Saturday, Cris Classen made 26 saves in regulation and stopped nine of 12 Stingrays chances in the shootout.
The Lynx (4-1-1) fell behind early on a power-play goal by Adam Calder at 9:52 of the opening period.
South Carolina (3-2-2) appeared to be headed to its 10th consecutive win over the Lynx when Wilkie took a pretty feed from Scott Morrow at wristed the puck past Rays goalie Jody Lehman to force sudden-death overtime.
After the shootout was a deadlock after the first five rounds, it took seven additional sudden-death rounds before Lapointe beat Lehman. Classen then stopped South Carolina's Trevor Johnson to secure the victory.